Mr.Robert Mckee \'Story Seminar\' @ Ramoji Film City

Mr.Robert Mckee \'Story Seminar\' @ Ramoji Film City


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Ramoji Academy of Film & Television (RAFT) is proud to introduce Mr. Robert McKee’s ‘Story Seminar’ to India. Mr. McKee is the preeminent authority on screenwriting in the world today, and the Story Seminar is easily the most influential writing class in Hollywood.

Robert McKee’s India Story Seminar is a unique opportunity for writers of any medium or genre in India to engage with one of the most respected thinkers on the subject. In recent years the number of Story Seminars has decreased due to writing deadlines for Mr. McKee’s genre books and his commitment to ‘storylogue’, his online community for writers. Writers are urged to register at the earliest to ensure they don’t miss out on this rare event.

a not-so-secret force in the movie industry and Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriting instructor.” – Vanity Fair


A quick look at the numbers: alumni of his seminars have won 32 Oscars, 182 Emmy Awards, 21 Writers’ Guild Awards, 17 Directors’ Guild Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, the British Book of the Year Award, and many other awards.  Mr. McKee will present the much acclaimed 4-day seminar at Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City from 9th to 12th February 2012.

The Story Seminar is an intense, self-contained exercise in conveying an entire approach to story. From defining and describing the smallest of story elements to illuminating and illustrating the most abstruse of concepts, the seminar gives the attendee a 360-degree view of the theory, craft, and practice of writing.

  • The writer and the art of story
  • The decline of story in contemporary film
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 back story
  • The principles of antagonism
  • Crisis, climax and resolution

  • 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


The Seminar is a 4-day intensive providing an entire approach to story; each day’s session begins at 9AM and closes at 7 PM. Seminar price represents tuition fee and does not include accommodation.

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