Brokeback Mountain

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Ennis Del Mar, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Ennis Del Mar prefers a mental solution to his problem.

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

Story Judgment: Bad
Ennis Del Mar ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Being Gay in a Hostile World

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Becoming
Overall Story Issue: Responsibility vs. Commitment
Overall Story Problem: Temptation
Overall Story Solution: Conscience
Overall Story Symptom: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Response: Control
Overall Story Catalyst: Commitment
Overall Story Inhibitor: Closure
Overall Story Benchmark: Being
Overall Story Signpost 1: Being
Overall Story Signpost 2: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 3: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Main Character Throughline

Ennis Del Mar

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Hope vs. Dream
Main Character Problem: Feeling
Main Character Solution: Logic
Main Character Symptom: Uncontrolled
Main Character Response: Control
Main Character Unique Ability: Hope
Main Character Critical Flaw: Rationalization
Main Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Conscious
Main Character Signpost 2: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Memory
Main Character Signpost 4: Preconscious

Influence Character Throughline

Jack Twist

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Delay vs. Choice
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Feeling
Influence Character Response: Logic
Influence Character Unique Ability: Delay
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Approach
Influence Character Benchmark: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Going "Fishing"

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Obtaining
Relationship Story Issue: Morality vs. Self-Interest
Relationship Story Problem: Temptation
Relationship Story Solution: Conscience
Relationship Story Symptom: Disbelief
Relationship Story Response: Faith
Relationship Story Catalyst: Self-Interest
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Openness
Relationship Story Benchmark: Doing
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: Becoming
Overall Story Consequence: Obtaining
Overall Story Cost: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Being
Overall Story Prerequisites: Doing
Overall Story Preconditions: Progress
Overall Story Forewarnings: Preconscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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