Annotated Bibliography - draft

Some sources and resources to explore this further.

Click on the book covers to be taken to the good reads profile and learn more about each.

Michael Tierno , Artistotele's Poetics for screenwriters

I recommend to read Tierno before reading McKee. For a more gentle introduction, and to better understand McKee.

However there ideas from Aristotele that McKee revisits and takes further such as that of the action idea which is later referred to as inciting incident. These have settle differences that nonetheless become significant when used in the story crafting context.

Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

Robert McKee Story book

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Jack Hart, Story Craft

Howe McCkee's concepts apply to factual stories.

Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

Rabinger, developing story ideas

Relevant to the idea generation stage of the production process, explore a few techniques for coming up and shaping ideas, covers both fiction and documentary.

Developing Story Ideas: Find the Ideas You Haven't Yet Had

Sheila Curran Bernard, Documentary storytelling

Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen

This American life How to Make Radio Comic Book

Illustrated comic exploring the radio production process at This American Life.

Radio: An Illustrated Guide

This american life radio

NFBC Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Doc film by National Film Board of Canada, interviewing established documentary film-makers about their craft.


Peter Wintonick, Cinéma vérité: Defining the Moment (National Film Board, 1999).

Another production by the NFBC, exploring early pioneers of Cinema Verite.

Cinéma vérité dvd cover

McKee book on Dialogue

To learn about dialogue in fiction, and think about this can be used in paper-editing, at the stage where we add the text selections to the story, as explored in previous section on paper-edit and story concepts.

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

Writing, Directing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos.

To learn about pitching and treatment writing.

Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos

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