American Beauty

Storyform

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Lester Burnham changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Lester Burnham, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Lester Burnham prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Lester Burnham 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: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Lester Burnham ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Surviving American Suburbia

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Issue: Situation vs. Circumstances
Overall Story Problem: Perception
Overall Story Solution: Actuality
Overall Story Symptom: Order
Overall Story Response: Chaos
Overall Story Catalyst: Circumstances
Overall Story Inhibitor: Senses
Overall Story Benchmark: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 1: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 3: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Being

Main Character Throughline

Lester Burnham

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Past
Main Character Issue: Prediction vs. Interdiction
Main Character Problem: Perception
Main Character Solution: Actuality
Main Character Symptom: Inertia
Main Character Response: Change
Main Character Unique Ability: Interdiction
Main Character Critical Flaw: Evidence
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Present
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline

Ricky Fitts

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Memory
Influence Character Issue: Evidence vs. Suspicion
Influence Character Problem: Change
Influence Character Solution: Inertia
Influence Character Symptom: Order
Influence Character Response: Chaos
Influence Character Unique Ability: Suspicion
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Prediction
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Friendship

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Understanding
Relationship Story Issue: Senses vs. Interpretation
Relationship Story Problem: Perception
Relationship Story Solution: Actuality
Relationship Story Symptom: Aware
Relationship Story Response: Ability
Relationship Story Catalyst: Interpretation
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Situation
Relationship Story Benchmark: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Learning

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Consequence: Understanding
Overall Story Cost: Memory
Overall Story Dividend: Past
Overall Story Requirements: Becoming
Overall Story Prerequisites: Obtaining
Overall Story Preconditions: Subconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Future

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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