Groundhog Day


SYNOPSIS: "A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again."  Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Phil Connors changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Trapped in the Same Day

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Learning
Overall Story Issue: Preconditions vs. Prerequisites
Overall Story Problem: Non-Acceptance
Overall Story Solution: Acceptance
Overall Story Symptom: Reevaluation
Overall Story Response: Evaluation
Overall Story Catalyst: Prerequisites
Overall Story Inhibitor: Deficiency
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Main Character Throughline

Phil Connors

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Attraction vs. Repulsion
Main Character Problem: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Solution: Acceptance
Main Character Symptom: Reaction
Main Character Response: Proaction
Main Character Unique Ability: Work
Main Character Critical Flaw: Doubt
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Present
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Appraisal vs. Reappraisal
Influence Character Problem: Production
Influence Character Solution: Reduction
Influence Character Symptom: Reevaluation
Influence Character Response: Evaluation
Influence Character Unique Ability: Investigation
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Attempt
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Preconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Love story

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Conceiving
Relationship Story Issue: Deficiency vs. Permission
Relationship Story Problem: Possibility
Relationship Story Solution: Probability
Relationship Story Symptom: Reevaluation
Relationship Story Response: Evaluation
Relationship Story Catalyst: Permission
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Preconditions
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
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: 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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