A Star Is Born

Storyform for the 1937 Version

SYNOPSIS: "A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Esther/Vicki maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Esther/Vicki, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Esther/Vicki prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Esther/Vicki uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Decision
In terms of the overall plot, decisions force actions to be taken.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Esther/Vicki ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Making It Big in Hollywood

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Attitude vs. Approach
Overall Story Problem: Help
Overall Story Solution: Hinder
Overall Story Symptom: Oppose
Overall Story Response: Support
Overall Story Catalyst: Approach
Overall Story Inhibitor: Delay
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Learning

Main Character Throughline

Esther/Vicki

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Dream vs. Hope
Main Character Problem: Faith
Main Character Solution: Disbelief
Main Character Symptom: Oppose
Main Character Response: Support
Main Character Unique Ability: Closure
Main Character Critical Flaw: Commitment
Main Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 2: Memory
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Influence Character Throughline

Norman Maine

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Choice vs. Delay
Influence Character Problem: Help
Influence Character Solution: Hinder
Influence Character Symptom: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Response: Control
Influence Character Unique Ability: Openness
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Self-Interest
Influence Character Benchmark: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 1: Present
Influence Character Signpost 2: Past
Influence Character Signpost 3: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 4: Future

Relationship Story Throughline

Doomed Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Obligation vs. Rationalization
Relationship Story Problem: Consider
Relationship Story Solution: Reconsider
Relationship Story Symptom: Oppose
Relationship Story Response: Support
Relationship Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Hope
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Obtaining
Overall Story Consequence: Becoming
Overall Story Cost: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Doing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Being
Overall Story Preconditions: Progress
Overall Story Forewarnings: Preconscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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