Frozen

Storyform for the Jim Hull/Narrative First 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 Dramatica Users Group 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: 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: 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

Stuck in an Eternal Winter

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Attraction vs. Repulsion
Overall Story Problem: Reaction
Overall Story Solution: Proaction
Overall Story Symptom: Non-Acceptance
Overall Story Response: Acceptance
Overall Story Catalyst: Work
Overall Story Inhibitor: Strategy
Overall Story Benchmark: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Past

Main Character Throughline

Anna

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Learning
Main Character Issue: Preconditions vs. Prerequisites
Main Character Problem: Reevaluation
Main Character Solution: Evaluation
Main Character Symptom: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Response: Acceptance
Main Character Unique Ability: Prerequisites
Main Character Critical Flaw: Attraction
Main Character Benchmark: Doing
Main Character Signpost 1: Learning
Main Character Signpost 2: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 3: Doing
Main Character Signpost 4: Obtaining

Influence Character Throughline

Elsa/Kristoff

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceiving
Influence Character Issue: Deficiency vs. Permission
Influence Character Problem: Reaction
Influence Character Solution: Proaction
Influence Character Symptom: Induction
Influence Character Response: Deduction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Permission
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Appraisal
Influence Character Benchmark: Being
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Relationship Story Throughline

Sisters/Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Appraisal vs. Reappraisal
Relationship Story Problem: Induction
Relationship Story Solution: Deduction
Relationship Story Symptom: Non-Acceptance
Relationship Story Response: Acceptance
Relationship Story Catalyst: Investigation
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Need
Relationship Story Benchmark: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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