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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

For all you screenwriters out there....

This is a book worth checking out. Actually this is a book worth BUYING. This should be every screenwriter's Bible. it gives an in-depth look in not only screenwriting format, but the structure of screenwriting. From the basic principles of the 3-act structure, to the complexities of composition and scene analysis.

Every screenwriter should know the principles of anatgonism when writing a character, and the substance of writing a story and what makes it relevant. Mckee taught many students who are now working professionals in the entertainment biz. Many of his students have won Oscars, Golden Globe awards, WGA awards, and more. It's an impressive read and gives insight to every writer who wants to know how to properly form a screenplay.

These suggestions are not rules to writing. They are suggestions. Rules in writing are made to be broken. The Charlie Kaufmans and Quentin Tarantinos have proved that to be legtimate. However, as someone starting out on their first screenplay, this makes for a great guide.

Go here for details.

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