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I notice that a lot of the screenplays used in the Story class have very artistic and detailed exposition to set up each beat, such as the description of the office in Chinatown. I don't do this when writing novels. Is this common in screenplays? - Question/Answer Now Playing


I notice that a lot of the screenplays used in the Story class have very artistic and detailed exposition to set up each beat, such as the description of the office in Chinatown. I don't do this when writing novels. Is this common in screenplays?

Feb 09, 2012

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I notice that a lot of the screenplays used in the Story class have very artistic and detailed exposition to set up each beat, such as the description of the office in Chinatown. I don't do this when writing novels. Is this common in screenplays? - Question/Answer Q & A Discussion


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jarmen wrote
at Feb 09, 2012 - 12:59 PM
Dear Mr. McKee,
I'm often told by others, also writing film scripts, that an antagonist character is absolutly needed if we want to make a good story. But I read your book carefully and I do not remember that you stress so much on the antagonist character, but more on antagonist forces. Don't you think it makes the story a bit manichean to have to build this antagonist character. Don't you think the story will be well built if enough antagonist forces assail the protagonist after the inciting incident and not specially an antagonist character?
Thank you.

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