As Good As It Gets

Storyform for the Romance Story

As Good As It Gets has two stories in it--the Romance Story and the Neighbors Story. In the Romance Story (shown below) Melvin Udall is the Main Character and Carol Connelly is his Influence Character. In the Neighbors Story Melvin plays Influence Character to Simon Bishop's Main Character.  SYNOPSIS: "A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Melvin Udall prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Melvin Udall uses linear problem-solving techniques.

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

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
Melvin Udall ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Spence Connelly's Medical Condition

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Progress
Overall Story Issue: Security vs. Threat
Overall Story Problem: Process
Overall Story Solution: Result
Overall Story Symptom: Effect
Overall Story Response: Cause
Overall Story Catalyst: Fact
Overall Story Inhibitor: Worth
Overall Story Benchmark: Present
Overall Story Signpost 1: Future
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Present
Overall Story Signpost 4: Past

Main Character Throughline

Melvin Udall

Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Being
Main Character Issue: Knowledge vs. Thought
Main Character Problem: Process
Main Character Solution: Result
Main Character Symptom: Proven
Main Character Response: Unproven
Main Character Unique Ability: Knowledge
Main Character Critical Flaw: Enlightenment
Main Character Benchmark: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 1: Being
Main Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Main Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Influence Character Throughline

Carol Connelly

Influence Character Throughline: Physics
Influence Character Concern: Doing
Influence Character Issue: Wisdom vs. Enlightenment
Influence Character Problem: Test
Influence Character Solution: Trust
Influence Character Symptom: Effect
Influence Character Response: Cause
Influence Character Unique Ability: Wisdom
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Thought
Influence Character Benchmark: Learning
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline

The Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Preconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Confidence vs. Worry
Relationship Story Problem: Unproven
Relationship Story Solution: Proven
Relationship Story Symptom: Effect
Relationship Story Response: Cause
Relationship Story Catalyst: Value
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Fantasy
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Progress
Overall Story Consequence: Preconscious
Overall Story Cost: Doing
Overall Story Dividend: Being
Overall Story Requirements: Present
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Learning
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conceiving

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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