The Value of EmotionA major element of a good story is the emotional factor involved. The more emotional it becomes, the more we can get caught up in it, and the better it becomes.

This is because we all need catharsis, which is a tool that provides us with a safe and controlled outlet for our pent up emotions. A good movie serves that role, allowing an audience to experience fear, excitement, love, etc.

A documentary does none of these things.

Some have likened the process to working with three gears. Authors make up the first gear, and they craft a second gear (the script itself) to manipulate a third – which is the audience.

The more emotions that first gear can get out of the third, the more effective that second gear is.