Do you know Robert McKee? I was introduced to his genius by Fab5Freddy at the top of his list of authors that I should research and learn the works of. In fact, in the respect of screenwriting Robert McKee was his only referral, though he did mention something about Brian Grazer and "American Gangster" in the same sentence. That was July 2006 and by December of that same year I was sitting in the auditorium learning under the deep knowledge of Robert McKee. Every film breakdown was an intellectual challenge with thrilling resolves. Therein at Loyola University I learned the ins and outs of "STRUCTURE: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting." Mr. McKee is no-nonsense and I locked in on his presence and every word of every single minute. The seminars are not cheap, but neither is the 411. So I won't be giving away STORY gold today but I did want to drop a McKee video in the room for the WRITERS. Story is key and structure is paramount. Without understanding every nuance of your story, is it really your story? Leave nothing up for interpretation. I think of my story as being a round theater to which there are several door to enter and exit. As a writer I check every widow and door to make sure there is no wiggle room in my story. I bolt down scenarios and hold the audience in captive until we have all worked out all potentials pitfalls and we approach the resolve together.
Writing is not easy work, but goodness gracious it is rewarding when it is composed meaningfully. Let's sit with Robert McKee for a meaningful minute:
If you get the opportunity to learn from him, LIVE - jump on it! I did. Twice: STORY (2006) and GENRES (2008) Seminar. Please believe me when I tell you that my class notes never get old, (still) and the new inference that I draw from them is amazing. Robert McKee is amazing and I'm honored to be an alumni.