p.s. a friend, to whom I am thankful for many bits of wisdom, once told me that the the use of the phrase “emotional beats” comes from a mishearing of something Stanislavski said in a lecture. In the original, Stansilavski said that in acting one had to thread “emotional beads” onto a thread that ran through the narrative, unfortunately, with his thick Russian accent, the person writing this down misheard him and ever since actors have been trying to hit “emotional beats”.