I had the great pleasure of spending three hours with Durham College video students last month. My brief was storytelling 101. My premise, Aristotle rules!
Aristotle says a good story is mimetic, based on the stuff of life. He identifies six story elements in order of importance.
Plot is tops. He is for causal links. Show, don’t tell. And, omg, no deus ex machina endings please.
He puts Thought, which means big ideas, second, followed by Character, Setting and Diction. For my video students the bad news was that Spectacle is last. Stories can live without pictures. I said don’t worry about it.