Ford V Ferrari


Film synopsis: "American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966." (Source:

NOTE:  This analysis does not include the independent Ken Miles Family substory woven into the main story.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Main Character Growth: Start
Main Character Approach: Be-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Female
Story Driver: Decision
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Success
Story Judgment: Bad

Overall Story Throughline

Beat Ferrari at the prestigious Le Mans automobile race

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Doing
Overall Story Issue: Wisdom vs. Enlightenment
Overall Story Problem: Proven
Overall Story Solution: Unproven
Overall Story Symptom: Hunch
Overall Story Response: Theory
Overall Story Catalyst: Experience
Overall Story Inhibitor: Fantasy
Overall Story Benchmark: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Learning

Main Character Throughline

Carol Shelby

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

Influence Character Throughline

Ken Miles

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Progress
Influence Character Issue: Security vs. Threat
Influence Character Problem: Proven
Influence Character Solution: Unproven
Influence Character Symptom: Non-Accurate
Influence Character Response: Accurate
Influence Character Unique Ability: Threat
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Enlightenment
Influence Character Benchmark: Past
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Collaborators to Friends

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Being
Relationship Story Issue: Knowledge vs. Thought
Relationship Story Problem: Ending
Relationship Story Solution: Unending
Relationship Story Symptom: Hunch
Relationship Story Response: Theory
Relationship Story Catalyst: Desire
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Worth
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Doing
Overall Story Consequence: Being
Overall Story Cost: Progress
Overall Story Dividend: Preconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Understanding
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Preconditions: Past
Overall Story Forewarnings: Memory

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