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  Story, tale

Story, tale and drama are intertwined. Narration can be divided, for example, into three dimensions:

  • story, or a narrated tale
  • an inner, experienced tale
  • drama, or a lived tale

A story reveals what the film is about. The same story can be written into various plots. Thus the plot and tale are not the same thing.

Robert McKee writes that a good story is about eternal, universal forms, not formulas. A good film story follows the tradition of narration of thousands of years, but it is not a copy of any other story made by a recipe. A good story has to be told well: Content and form are united.


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