In the Heat of the Night

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Det. Virgil Tibbs, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Det. Virgil Tibbs prefers a physical solution to his problem.

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

Overall Story Throughline

Figuring Out Who Committed the Murder

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Permission vs. Deficiency
Overall Story Problem: Acceptance
Overall Story Solution: Ability
Overall Story Symptom: Potentiality
Overall Story Response: Certainty
Overall Story Catalyst: Deficiency
Overall Story Inhibitor: Reappraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Det. Virgil Tibbs

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Work vs. Attempt
Main Character Problem: Deduction
Main Character Solution: Induction
Main Character Symptom: Potentiality
Main Character Response: Certainty
Main Character Unique Ability: Attempt
Main Character Critical Flaw: Analysis
Main Character Benchmark: Past
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Present
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Police Chief Bill Gillespie

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Investigation vs. Doubt
Influence Character Problem: Acceptance
Influence Character Solution: Ability
Influence Character Symptom: Induction
Influence Character Response: Deduction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Doubt
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Expediency
Influence Character Benchmark: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Dueling Lawmen

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Prerequisites vs. Preconditions
Relationship Story Problem: Probability
Relationship Story Solution: Possibility
Relationship Story Symptom: Potentiality
Relationship Story Response: Certainty
Relationship Story Catalyst: Preconditions
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Repulsion
Relationship Story Benchmark: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Conceiving
Overall Story Consequence: Learning
Overall Story Cost: Conscious
Overall Story Dividend: Present
Overall Story Requirements: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Understanding
Overall Story Preconditions: Memory
Overall Story Forewarnings: Past

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Dynamic Act Schematics

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