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Robert McKee's story seminar
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2005, 07:52:22 AM »
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It's worth it. At basest level he's an entertaining man. I hope you enjoy it and it sparks something for you, creative or otherwise.
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Re: Robert McKee's story seminar
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2006, 12:06:57 PM »
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I have not been to one of his seminars, but my advice would be if you're considering it, read his book first.  The book is very dense and packed with his theories and tons of examples.  And it's only 25 bucks. 

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Re: Robert McKee's story seminar
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2006, 12:39:04 PM »
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I have not been to one of his seminars, but my advice would be if you're considering it, read his book first.  The book is very dense and packed with his theories and tons of examples.  And it's only 25 bucks. 

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Re: Robert McKee's story seminar
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2006, 04:48:03 PM »
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I would imagine that his seminars would be packed with too much info to absorb.  Reading the book is cheaper, and you can re-read parts over and over again.

What's cool about McKee is that he emphasizes story, not marketability.  He also emphasizes digging into your own experiences and your own personality, and telling a story that only you can tell.  That doesn't mean it has to be autobiographical, just that it reflects your own world view, and that you are passionate about your point of view.

McKee even fits disparate filmmakers like Altman and Godard into his framework, which shows how open minded he is -- he's not just analyzing all the Hollywood blockbusters, he's looking at many different types of films.

Another thing he touches upon is that the same story can be told differently during different eras -- he uses Joan of Arc as an example.  The same is true with Jesus Christ -- Jesus Christ Superstar was a product of the hippie peace/love era, Passion of the Christ fits in with our current culture's fascination with torture and gore (what I would call the "Extreme Sports" version of the Gospel).  Last Temptation of Christ reflected an inward, philosophical struggle.  The 50's biblical epics were a different thing altogether.

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