the plot as it concerns the story goal
When you step outside of a story and look at all the characters as "Them", you are looking at the Overall Story Throughline. From here the characters look more like functions rather than actual people. Protagonist. Antagonist. Guardian. Skeptic. Their roles within the story take center stage from this perspective. When you think of a story, you're thinking of the Overall Story Throughline.
Overall Story Throughline
A film that stays with you does so through a substantial and meaningful story structure.
Quantum theory and its application in the telling of great stories.
Returning to original terminology clears up misrepresentations of conflict found in narrative.
An accurate account of the tension within a story requires writers to take an objective view of their story.
The most important part of any story exists at the intersection of the objective and subjective points-of-view within the narrative.
An objective view of story helps an Author better understand the events that drive their narrative forward.
The connection point between subjective & objective throughlines highlights a key narrative element.
A missing piece of narrative structure, key to establishing a complete story, left this film with little left to offer except one helluva' ride.
Stories begin with an inequity; one that doesn't have to be tied to the central character.
The secret to success lies in a consistent use of the Four Throughlines of narrative.
In this episode, I cover the importance of connecting the Main Character's problem with the Overall Story problem & a method for constructing the Narrative Argument of your story.
In this episode we make the connection between Arrival and the holistic approach to story structure offered by the Dramatica theory of story.
In this, our first episode of the second season of the Narrative First Podcast, we catch up on all things story structure & story analysis including a look into the Oscar winner for Best Picture in 2016.
In this, our final episode of the 2016 season, we discuss the most important part of any story--the intersection of the objective and subjective points-of-view.
In this episode we look at the differences between Star Trek and Star Wars from a Dramatica point-of-view; looking at the structural differences in their narratives.
The Overall Story Line is a distinct act by act sequence of events that involves all of the Overall Throughline Story Points and none of the Relationship Throughline Story Points. It represents the dispassionate argument of the story, emphasizing events and relationships in a purely cause and effect way. This is not to say that it has nothing to do with the meaning of a story, only that it is not the WHOLE story. Meaning in stories comes from comparing the Objective view of a story with the Subjective view that comes from within the story.