Double Indemnity

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Walter Neff, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Walter Neff 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: Bad
Walter Neff ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Insurance Scam & Murder

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

Main Character Throughline

Walter Neff

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Progress
Main Character Issue: Security vs. Threat
Main Character Problem: Result
Main Character Solution: Process
Main Character Symptom: Effect
Main Character Response: Cause
Main Character Unique Ability: Threat
Main Character Critical Flaw: Enlightenment
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Present
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Keyes/Phyllis

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Preconscious
Influence Character Issue: Confidence vs. Worry
Influence Character Problem: Trust
Influence Character Solution: Test
Influence Character Symptom: Theory
Influence Character Response: Hunch
Influence Character Unique Ability: Worry
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Thought
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Preconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Mentor & Protege/Affair

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

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Doing
Overall Story Consequence: Being
Overall Story Cost: Preconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Progress
Overall Story Requirements: Obtaining
Overall Story Prerequisites: Becoming
Overall Story Preconditions: Subconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Future

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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