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McKee’s
isn’t one for complicated advice. Talking to the Kyiv Post on the eve of the
seminar, he underscored three basic principles to follow:
Engage the people’s intellectual and emotional interest, hold it in progression for two hours and satisfy it at the end.

Yet that
simple approach seems to have paid off. McKee’s students have won 49
Oscar winners, 168 Emmy Awards nominees, and worked as screenwriters
on
smash-hits like “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Batman,”
“Shrek,” “X-Men,” “Star Wars” and many others. His bestselling book “Story”
and has been translated into over 20 languages.

But don’t expect any ready-made recipes.
“That kind of thinking is exactly what’s wrong (with cinematography),” says the 71-year old
McKee.

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