Emotional arc

I was having a conversation with a collaborator today about a forthcoming project. We realized that whatever we end up with, it will need to have a strong emotional arc.

People enjoy spectacle. They like seeing talented actors moving about amidst great scenery, evocative lighting, brilliant editing. But none of that is enough.

A good work of narrative art needs, at its core, to be something you can sum up in a single sentence. We want to go on an emotional journey with a character who starts here and ends up there.

Truly great films, plays and novels can all be boiled to a simple essential idea. Sometimes we lose sight of that, but we really shouldn’t.

Especially not if we want to create good films, plays or novels. :-)

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