Schedule

Story Seminar Agenda:
Each 4-day Story event runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9:00am and closing at 7:00pm each day.

9:00 – 11:00 Lecture
11:00 – 11:30 MORNING BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee
11:30 – 1:30 Lecture
1:30 – 2:30 LUNCH BREAK
2:30 – 4:30 Lecture
4:30 – 5:00 AFTERNOON BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee
5:00 – 7:00 Lecture

DAY 1
• The writer and the art of story
• The decline of story in contemporary film
• Story design: the meaning of story, the substance of story, the limitations and inspirations of story structure & genre, the debate between character vs story design
• Premise Idea, Counter Idea, Controlling Idea
• Story Structure: beat, scene, sequence, act, story
• Mapping the Story universe: Archplot, Miniplot, Antiplot
• Shaping the source of story energy and creation

DAY 2
• Putting the elements of story together
• The principles of character dimension and design
• The composition of scenes
• Titles
• Irony; Melodrama
• False endings
• The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
• The spectrum of story genres

DAY 3
• Act design: the great sweep and body of story
• The first major story event (the inciting incident)
• Scene design in Story: turning points, emotional dynamics, setup/payoff,the nature of choice
• Ordering and linking scenes
• Exposition: dramatizing your characters, the story setting, creating backstory
• The principles of antagonism
• Crisis, climax and resolution

DAY 4
• Story adaptations
• Scene analysis: text and sub-text; design through dialogue versus design through action
• The writer’s method: working from the inside out; the creative process from inspiration to final draft.
• How it all works: the principles of the previous 3-1/2 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA
• The spectrum of story genres