While initially Gary often used the terms the Movie Technique and Tell the Story interchangeably he now clarifies them separately.
The main difference? Privacy. The movie is done silently in their head, Tell the Story, as the terms indicates, is told out loud.
In Tell the Story the person does just that, tells a story of what happened – out loud – in the same way as you’d tell a friend what happened. More instructions are necessary for The Movie Technique as you have less information, hence the need to ask how long the movie is and what the title is and how many crescendos. You are encouraging them to “see what they saw, hear what they heard, feel what they felt, and pay attention to any smells and tastes. In both Tell the Story and the Movie Technique, you address each part of the event in the order it happened. You then tap for each aspect that carries any level of intensity in the order that it occurs before moving on to the next aspect.
Addressing aspects can be more challenging when you don’t know the details. You tap for the “title” they give the movie or an emotion or, at times, the physical feeling that thinking about the aspect or event brings up.
After tapping to reduce the intensity of each part of the movie to zero the client then tells the story and stops to clear any remaining intensity as the story progresses. (However, the client can choose to keep their story and details to private.) As a final test they rerun the movie. Ask them to make their movie vivid with what they “see, hear, feel, smell and taste.” Continue to tap if necessary to deal with any remaining intensity. Often they “see” the movie very differently and the entire scene is reframed, changing the perceptions of the event and their view of themselves.
What is confusing for those learning EFT is the difference between the tutorial instructions for using the Movie Technique and what Gary demonstrated on the DVDs. The tutorial stated “go through the movie in their mind, starting with a low intensity segment…” Gary, however, often tapped first for what he called the “crescendo” of the story, then the second most important crescendo, etc, until they reported the overall movie intensity was a zero. Because of the generalization effect, it often does work to address the “big” sections first, however, as a practitioner your job is help your client clear their issue completely. This is best done by being methodical and thorough and addressing each involved aspect in turn.