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The Art of Role and Cast Design for Page, Stage and Screen

Robert McKee



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Methuen Publishing Ltd
01 July 2021
From the best-selling author of STORY and DIALOGUE 'McKee teaches what is not yet taught. He shines his unwavering analytical light on the structure and invisible sub-structure of dialogue. He takes a craft that is often considered instinctual or magical and reveals its chemical secrets. I've been writing dialogue for forty years and McKee's observations have re-inspired me.' Terry Johnson, dramatist, Critics' Circle Theatre Award, Writers' Guild Award, Olivier Award, BAFTA CHARACTER is an excellent companion volume to Robert McKee's hugely successful STORY and DIALOGUE. Divided into four parts (In praise of Character, Character Creation, The Character Universe and Character Relationships) CHARACTER has a primary purpose of enriching the reader's insight into the nature of a fictional character and sharpens the creative techniques necessary to invent a complex cast of personalities, starting with the protagonist then adding the first, second and third tiers of supporting roles. McKee uses scenes from classic films and television programmes, Sex and the City, Casablanca, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Fawlty Towers, and the works of classical dramatists, Homer, Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, to demonstrate how characters are constructed and developed for page, stage and screen. 'A character is a work of art an emotive, meaningful, memorable metaphor for humanity, born in the mind-womb of an author, held safe in the arms of story, destined to live forever.' Who has driven more deeply into character, structure & literary technique? Who else has inspired so many with his passion for the calling of the writer? Robert McKee is in a category of one. Steve Pressfield, bestselling novelist, The Legend of Bagger Vance
Imprint:   Methuen Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9780413778420
ISBN 10:   0413778428
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

ROBERT McKEE, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought after lecturer in the art of story. Over the last thirty years, he has mentored screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers and directors. McKee alumni include over sixty Academy Award winners, two hundred Academy Award nominees, two hundred Emmy Award winners, one thousand Emmy Award nominees, a hundred Writers' Guild of America Award winners and fifty Directors' Guild of America winners.

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