Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

Robert McKee / Aug 22, 2019

Dialogue The Art of Verbal Action for Page Stage and Screen The long awaited follow up to the perennially bestselling writers guide Story from the most sought after expert in the art of storytelling Robert McKee s popular writing workshops have earned him an

  • Title: Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
  • Author: Robert McKee
  • ISBN: 9781455591916
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The long awaited follow up to the perennially bestselling writers guide Story, from the most sought after expert in the art of storytelling Robert McKee s popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about tThe long awaited follow up to the perennially bestselling writers guide Story, from the most sought after expert in the art of storytelling Robert McKee s popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation Now, in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

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        Robert McKee began his show business career at age nine playing the title role in a community theatre production of MARTIN THE SHOEMAKER He continued acting as a teenager in theatre productions in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan Upon receiving the Evans Scholarship, he attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor s Degree in English Literature While an undergraduate, he acted in and directed over thirty productions McKee s creative writing professor was the noted Kenneth Rowe whose former students include Arthur Miller and Lawrence Kasdan.After completing his B.A McKee toured with the APA Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, appearing on Broadway with such luminaries as Helen Hayes, Rosemary Harris and Will Geer He then received the Professional Theatre Fellowship and returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan to earn his Master s Degree in Theatre Arts.Upon graduating, McKee directed the Toledo Repertory Company, acted with the American Drama Festival, and became Artistic Director of the Aaron Deroy Theatre From there he traveled to London to accept the position of Artist In Residence at the National Theatre where he studied Shakespearean production at the Old Vic He then returned to New York and spent the next seven years as an actor director in various Off Broadway, repertory and stock companies.After deciding to move his career to film, McKee attended Cinema School at the University of Michigan While there, he directed two short films A DAY OFF, which he also wrote, and TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN, adapted from a one act play by Tennessee Williams These two films won the Cine Eagle Award, awards at the Brussels and Grenoble Film Festivals, and various prizes at the Delta, Rochester, Chicago and Balti Film Festivals In 1979, McKee moved to Los Angeles, California where he began to write screenplays and work as a story analyst for United Artists and NBC He sold his first screenplay, DEAD FILES, to AVCO Embassy Films, after which he joined the WGA Writers Guild of America His next screenplay, HARD KNOCKS, won the National Screenwriting Contest, and since then McKee has had over eight feature film screenplays purchased or optioned, including the feature film script TROPHY for Warner Bros In addition to his screenplays, McKee has had a number of scripts produced for such critically acclaimed dramatic television series as QUINCY, M.D starring Jack Klugman , COLUMBO starring Peter Falk , SPENSER FOR HIRE and KOJAK starring Telly Savalas.In 1983, McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, joined the faculty of the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California USC , where he began offering his now famous STORY SEMINAR class A year later, McKee opened the course to the public and he now teaches the 3 day, 30 hour STORY SEMINAR to sold out audiences around the world From Los Angeles where his course is only taught two times a year to New York two times a year to Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Helsinki, Oslo, Munich, Singapore, Barcelona and 12 other film capitals around the world, than 50,000 students have taken the course over the last 15 years Through it all, McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and television production companies, as well major software firms Microsoft, etc , news departments ABC, etc and In addition, several companies such as ABC, Disney, Miramax, PBS, Nickelodeon and Paramount regularly send their entire creative and writing staffs to his lectures In 2000, McKee won the prestigious 1999 International Moving Image Book Award for his best selling book STORY Regan Books HarperCollins The book, currently in its 32nd printing in the U.S and its 19th printing in the U.K has become required reading for film and cinema schools at such top Universities as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and USC, and was on the LOS ANGELES TIMES best seller list for 20 weeks.


    1. If you write stories, you'll probably want to read this book on dialogue. I've been a big fan of McKee's "Story" for a while, which in my mind is probably the best book about writing stories I've read.Like "Story," "Dialogue" eschews easy answers and formula and goes deep, explaining the hard work you'll need to do to write good dialogue. Ironically, for me it's actually made writing dialogue harder--not easier--because I've realized I'm not putting the proper thought and work into it. With McKe [...]

    2. I didn't like this book at the start. It's very scholarly, academic and overly complicated--pretty far from the actual experience of writing a novel. A writer just wants to know how to write better. Don't give me a jigsaw puzzle with 2000 pieces. This book seemed like reading a PhD thesis on how to swing a golf club. Great but it won't improve your game. It takes hacking at the ball to improve.My opinion changed part way through. I found that i was picking up a few good nuggets here and there: t [...]

    3. The art of dialogue. How does a writer get it just right to be effective, yet original, dramatic but not too dramatic, captivating and satisfying, and most important of all convincing? The thrust of this book is how McKee spends time on characterizations and the art of the subtext—vital to thrilling and effective dialogue. McKee explains how subtext works, the thinking behind it, shows you its most effective moments, why it works well or poorly, and gives you the tools to make it work. The res [...]

    4. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Like a hand in the dark, guiding you to writing great dialogue and encouraging you along the way. The kind of book that feels like your very own private teacher who's always there for you. And what insights! I didn't want it to end. More, please.

    5. I found McKee very repetitive in this book, but still helpful. Not as revelatory a manual for me as Story - his chef d'oeuvre - but this book contains useful reminders and analyses.

    6. Honestly? Another essential read from McKee for the aspiring writer. You're kidding yourself if you think you can master story with zero guidance.

    7. Words about saying words. Not so terrible. I recommend if you have trouble getting characters to say things.

    8. He’s back . . . If you’re familiar with Robert McKee, you’ve likely already pored over his magnum opus Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting, or perhaps even attended one of his famous three-day story seminars. One thing is certain: this man is serious about storytelling—and he knows a thing or two about the craft that he’d like to share with the rest of us scribblers, screenwriters, moviegoers, bibliophiles, or curiosity seekers as the case may be. No [...]

    9. at first I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the terms and new notions popping out of the pages but as I went further things became clearer and I really enjoyed learning from it. so i'd say it's a must read for anyone who wants to pursue writing or who's interested in finding out what's happening behind the curtains

    10. Excellent! It does cover much more than "Dialogue". It's one of those books that you'll go back to often.

    11. It's useful to have a compendium of different techniques and issues relating to dialogue, and when McKee resorts to real examples, he is able to set out some convincing and interesting examples that can open up vistas for writers all levels. In particular I liked his use of a scene from Agnes of God to focus on the need for action-reaction to be wholly natural, that is, for the key word requiring a response to strike at the end, although one could argue that a good dialogue writer, or just a goo [...]

    12. I an a learner. My preferred mode of learning is to read and then try out simple examples of what I have learned. I am random, abstract. I am comfortable with bits of knowledge cluttering up my brain in apparent disarray. I knew that if I kept on learning things, at some point, an event would trigger a re-arrangement of that knowledge into a more useful form.That re-arrangement would not make me smarter. If anything, I would be more ignorant than I had been before the switching around of concept [...]

    13. Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen - Robert McKee| 336 páginas, Twelve, 2016 | #guiaparaescritores #dicasparaescritores | Lido de 02.05.17 a 05.05.17 NITROLEITURAS“Dialogue” é o livro mais recente do mega-guru dos roteiristas americanos, o impressionante Robert McKee, famoso pelo seu “Story”, que reli a pouco tempo. Como diz o título, “Dialogue” é uma espécie de mega-guia doidimais para a criação de diálogos. E realmente, nunca vi uma análise tão [...]

    14. It's pretty much impossible to unpack how brilliant this book is without reading it yourself. And I'm not sure I'll be able to fully process and then apply McKee's genius until I've read through Dialogue two or three times, with a highlighter in hand.McKee makes bold, hyperbolic statements about storytelling, and when you first hear them you want to laugh and scoff at his almost I-dare-you-to-disagree opinions. But then, he follows his strong statements with clear, detailed examples, one after t [...]

    15. Other teachers tell us that Shakespeare was a great writer. McKee shows by excerpts from Julius Caesar exactly how he used subtext and avoided on the nose dialogue. Cassius tries to persuade Brutus to join him in a plot to overthrow and kill Caesar. First, McKee presents Cassius's words in clear, direct on the nose dialogue. An exciting, dangerous turning point comes across as tame and boring and unconvincing. Then, McKee quotes the original script and explicates several words and phrases to sho [...]

    16. Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen es un libro escrito por Robert McKee y nos habla del arte de escribir diálogos, lo que deben de tener, como analizarlos, básicamente saber cuando es necesario que un personaje hable y que cuando hable, hable bien ya que escribir un diálogo es muy fácil pero escribir un buen diálogo…Robert McKee es el que escribió el libro “el guion” o the story, en ese libro da los pilares necesarios para poder construir una historia, un [...]

    17. This was quite excellent and a must read for all writers of fiction. Note: the book is NOT about how two characters converse with each other. This touches upon all aspects of prose, because even exposition is a type of dialogue between the narrative perspective and the reader.The most useful part to me was the constant reiteration of how great works and complex characters use subtext. People rarely say what they mean or what they think. When your fictional characters do this, they come across as [...]

    18. Do you know the following: exposition, subtext, three-act structure, inciting incident, and all the terms associated with screenwriting? Do you have enough skill at writing dialogue so it reads like people speaking and not just shooting the shit? Don't even open this book. While this may have some value to a first year student, there are so many other books about writing screenplays and, aside from the writer's personal preferences in each one, are pretty much the same. You've read one, you've r [...]

    19. Phew! That was dense. I admit, at first I questioned my decision to read this book and it took me awhile to get into it. But it had been highly recommend by some trustworthy writers, so I kept pushing. About halfway through it started to click! The book is a bit academic, verbose and overly-complicated at times, but if you can stick with it, you really start to enjoy the rhythm of Mr. McKee's words. And he truly is a master of the craft. He breaks down sentence structure to a sharp science and r [...]

    20. Robert McKee has a good philosophy when it comes to storytelling and writing in general. I like his perspective. He uses some really intriguing examples from books and then plays around with the different ways it could have been written and why it was more effective in the way it had originally been written. In the end of it, there's a list of questions to help you think about what motivates your characters and what their individual "script" is. It's written in such a way that will help script-w [...]

    21. This is a book that grabbed me and after several long pauses I'm finally finished.I felt myself trying to find an exception to his presented ideas. Fighting, all these great case studies so I'd rest for a few days and come back. It's a textbook quality reference for every nuance of dialogue. It flows in and out of this creative space and I just read trying to label everything. Rather, when I finally understood to just like any great story, to just listen. I'd have to read it again to take in the [...]

    22. This book thrilled me, over and over! I found myself thinking, “Wow” too many times to count. McKee shares valuable concepts about creating powerful dialogue and offers solid advice about how dialogue affects the development of characters and the story. These tips and techniques, I feel, will take my writing to the next level. I’ll be re-reading this to make sure my brain captures as much of his words of wisdom as possible. IMHO, this is one of those ‘must reads’ for a writer along wit [...]

    23. Loved it!! Listened to this book on audible with Robert McKee himself narrating, which was fantastic. It's an invaluable integral bible for anyone interested in writing/directing/acting in the film industry. Will probably read/listen to it many more times as reference in the future :D

    24. Another Outstanding Book on the Craft of Writing by Bob McKee. This is an excellent prime on all aspects of dialogue in film/TV, prose, and stage. I highly recommend!

    25. This book was so dense, I know I didn't retain everything the first time around. I'll be coming back to this one a few times.

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