Oh gosh we are already three days into April, three days into the Frenzy, and I haven’t written a thing. Rather than get stressed out about my impending failure, I’m just gonna give up and watch movies all month and leave the script writing to the pros. Like Charlie Kaufman. In 2003 Kaufman’s screenplay for Adaptation introduced the world to an entirely fresh angle on storytelling, combining journalism, the naked metafiction of his process, botany, the naked uncertainties of his personal life, and a crucial dash of action adventure romance.
Kaufman’s combination of so many elements, oddly embodied in a sad, saggy version of Nicholas Cage, is an inspiration for writers of all genres. One of the film’s most memorable moments is when Kaufman, already a successful screenwriter (see: Being John Malkovich), is reduced to attending a Robert McKee screenwriter’s workshop. The result of Kaufman’s meeting with McKee not only drives the plot forward, but makes a very interesting argument for why humans desire to tell stories.
With perfect timing for April's Script Frenzy, brand new copies of Robert McKee's Story have arrived on library shelves. If McKee's principles worked for Charlie Kaufman, they might work for you too!..
Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting by Robert McKee
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.
In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $775 seminars (Robert McKee's Story Seminar is considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.