Tag Archives: Robert McKee

Three-Act Structure: The Feedback Loop

One critique of three-act structure is that the idea is self-perpetuating. Because there’s an industry of books about the subject, aspiring writers are likely to format their work in this particular way, even if it isn’t otherwise advantageous. George Lucas … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure: Estonian Semantics

I gave my report on three-act structure to an Estonian crowd, and gave a lot of thought about which Estonian word to use for act. The easiest is “osa” which translates literally to “part.” Although this has numerous problems, in … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure: Exceptions

There are a few notable exceptions to three-act structure. So-called Art films often experiment with convention in interesting ways to find entirely different methods of telling a story. But usually the only people interested in watching these are film buffs. … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure 3.3: The Final Challenge

Due to the sense of acceleration, McKee argues in Story that the last act of the film should be the shortest: possibly 20 minutes or less of a two-hour film. (219) He describes the third act climax is the obligatory … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure 3.2 Negation of the Negation

In Story, McKee suggests that an advantage of three-act structure is that it allows a film to explore the many facets of a topic. The simplest aspect is the contradictory, “the direct opposite of the positive.” (319) There is also … Continue reading

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