Frozen

Storyform for the Dramatica Users Group Version

Taken as a whole, the story of Frozen is dysfunctional. A weak Overall Story Throughline, coupled with the lack of any real Consequences or well-encoded Influence Character Resolve, creates a narrative that simply doesn't hold up. Catchy songs and sisterhood take responsibility for the success of this film. Because of these inconsistencies in story, two potential candidates for storyforms exist: the Dramatica Users Group version and the Jim Hull/Narrative First version. The reasoning and thinking behind the DUG version can be found in the podcast and videocast available on this site. You can also read the reasoning behind Jim Hull's analysis of Frozen on his site. Take me to the Jim Hull/Narrative First version.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Everything is Frozen

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Future
Overall Story Issue: Choice vs. Delay
Overall Story Problem: Temptation
Overall Story Solution: Conscience
Overall Story Symptom: Feeling
Overall Story Response: Logic
Overall Story Catalyst: Delay
Overall Story Inhibitor: Approach
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline

Anna

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Obtaining
Main Character Issue: Approach vs. Attitude
Main Character Problem: Reconsider
Main Character Solution: Consider
Main Character Symptom: Feeling
Main Character Response: Logic
Main Character Unique Ability: Self-Interest
Main Character Critical Flaw: Openness
Main Character Benchmark: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 1: Learning
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 4: Obtaining

Influence Character Throughline

Elsa

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Becoming
Influence Character Issue: Rationalization vs. Obligation
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Response: Control
Influence Character Unique Ability: Commitment
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Closure
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Relationship Story Throughline

Sisters

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Subconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Dream vs. Hope
Relationship Story Problem: Uncontrolled
Relationship Story Solution: Control
Relationship Story Symptom: Feeling
Relationship Story Response: Logic
Relationship Story Catalyst: Hope
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Rationalization
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Subconscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Future
Overall Story Consequence: Subconscious
Overall Story Cost: Becoming
Overall Story Dividend: Obtaining
Overall Story Requirements: Past
Overall Story Prerequisites: Memory
Overall Story Preconditions: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Forewarnings: Understanding

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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