Being John Malkovich

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Craig 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
Craig ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Being John Malkovich

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Being
Overall Story Issue: Desire vs. Ability
Overall Story Problem: Expectation
Overall Story Solution: Determination
Overall Story Symptom: Test
Overall Story Response: Trust
Overall Story Catalyst: Thought
Overall Story Inhibitor: Worry
Overall Story Benchmark: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Craig

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Progress
Main Character Issue: Fantasy vs. Fact
Main Character Problem: Ending
Main Character Solution: Unending
Main Character Symptom: Test
Main Character Response: Trust
Main Character Unique Ability: Fantasy
Main Character Critical Flaw: Experience
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Present
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Lotte

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Preconscious
Influence Character Issue: Worth vs. Value
Influence Character Problem: Expectation
Influence Character Solution: Determination
Influence Character Symptom: Unending
Influence Character Response: Ending
Influence Character Unique Ability: Worth
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Desire
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Challenged Marriage

Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Doing
Relationship Story Issue: Experience vs. Skill
Relationship Story Problem: Effect
Relationship Story Solution: Cause
Relationship Story Symptom: Test
Relationship Story Response: Trust
Relationship Story Catalyst: Enlightenment
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Threat
Relationship Story Benchmark: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Being
Overall Story Consequence: Doing
Overall Story Cost: Preconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Progress
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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