Charles Kaufman: You talked about crisis as the ultimate decision a character makes, but what if a writer is attempting to create a story where nothing much happens, where people don't change, they don't have any epiphanies. They struggle and are frustrated and nothing is resolved. More a reflection of the real world.
Robert McKee: The real fucking world? First of all, you write a screenplay without
Conflict or Crisis, you'll bore your audience to tears. Secondly:
nothing happens in the world? Are you out of your fucking mind? People
are murdered every day! There's genocide, war, corruption! Every fucking
day somewhere in the world somebody sacrifices his life to save someone
else! Every fucking day someone somewhere makes a conscious decision to
destroy someone else! People find love! People lose it! For Christ's
sake! A child watches her mother beaten to death on the steps of a
church! Someone goes hungry! Somebody else betrays his best friend for a
woman! If you can't find that stuff in life, then you, my friend, don't
know CRAP about life! And WHY THE FUCK are you wasting my two precious
hours with your movie? I don't have any use for it! I don't have any
bloody use for it!