Tag: Value Charges

  • The End of the Line

    The End of the Line

    Previously on Parable Presents we have discussed story values in terms of positive and negative charges.  Today, let’s talk about taking these story values to the end of the line.  Again, I’m drawing from Robert McKee’s book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting.   In the book, McKee notes that enduring stories take […]

  • Value Charges and Changes, Part II

    Note: This article contains spoilers of the movie A KNIGHTS TALE. In this article I provide an example of the changing value charges we discussed in Part I. If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at the first part of this article, entitled: Value Charges and Changes, Part I. I recall watching the […]

  • Value Charges and Changes, Part I

    One of the things that fascinates me most about stories is the changes that occur throughout the telling.  To better understand this, let’s look at one of the smallest elements that makes up a story.     In his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert McKee calls these elements “Story Values,”1 the […]