Metaphors are so much more important than messages.
Did you know that?
See, you can tell someone about patience and forgiveness in a sentence. But rarely will this be heard as loud as when it is expressed in the form of a narrative.
Here’s an example.
“Some of the greatest love in the word is between siblings.” – is great and all.
But it doesn’t hold a candle to watching Disney’s Frozen.
When you skip over adherence to the traditional story, framework, your work will suffer.
Honestly, this is why Christians (often) make such bad films.
Great truths are best communicates in parables, if you want to know the truth.
If you read the red letters of a bible you will find Jesus understood this too.
Christian filmmakers, he says, are so intent on their message, they ignore storytelling and production values. Further, they “tend to see the world the way they want it to be. Ignoring life’s complexities, they paint a simplistic, unrealistic portrait of the world. . . As long as people of faith are more concerned with messages than metaphors, they are doomed to make bad films.”
-John Erickson, Story Craft (Amazon)