SYNOPSIS: "Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine."  Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway 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: Good
Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Are We Alone or Not?

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Learning
Overall Story Issue: Prerequisites vs. Preconditions
Overall Story Problem: Probability
Overall Story Solution: Possibility
Overall Story Symptom: Certainty
Overall Story Response: Potentiality
Overall Story Catalyst: Strategy
Overall Story Inhibitor: Expediency
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Main Character Throughline

Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Repulsion vs. Attraction
Main Character Problem: Probability
Main Character Solution: Possibility
Main Character Symptom: Reduction
Main Character Response: Production
Main Character Unique Ability: Attraction
Main Character Critical Flaw: Reappraisal
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Future
Main Character Signpost 2: Present
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Progress

Influence Character Throughline

Palmer Joss

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Reappraisal vs. Appraisal
Influence Character Problem: Proaction
Influence Character Solution: Reaction
Influence Character Symptom: Certainty
Influence Character Response: Potentiality
Influence Character Unique Ability: Appraisal
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Repulsion
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Colleagues or Lovers?

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Conceiving
Relationship Story Issue: Permission vs. Deficiency
Relationship Story Problem: Probability
Relationship Story Solution: Possibility
Relationship Story Symptom: Evaluation
Relationship Story Response: Reevaluation
Relationship Story Catalyst: Need
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Analysis
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

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