Jerry Maguire

Storyform for the Romance Story

Jerry Maguire combines two separate stories into one work--the Romance Story and the Sports Story. In the sports story, Jerry is the Main Character who remains steadfast and Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is the Influence Character that changes. In the romance story, Jerry is the Influence Character that changes, and Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) is the Main Character that remains steadfast. Each has their own set of Objective Characters (some of which do double duty between stories).

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Dorothy prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Dorothy uses holistic 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
Dorothy ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Building a Family

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Morality vs. Ability
Overall Story Problem: Temptation
Overall Story Solution: Conscience
Overall Story Symptom: Faith
Overall Story Response: Disbelief
Overall Story Catalyst: Approach
Overall Story Inhibitor: Delay
Overall Story Benchmark: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Learning

Main Character Throughline

Dorothy

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Dream vs. Hope
Main Character Problem: Oppose
Main Character Solution: Support
Main Character Symptom: Faith
Main Character Response: Disbelief
Main Character Unique Ability: Closure
Main Character Critical Flaw: Commitment
Main Character Benchmark: Conscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Memory
Main Character Signpost 2: Conscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Influence Character Throughline

Jerry

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Choice vs. Delay
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Logic
Influence Character Response: Feeling
Influence Character Unique Ability: Openness
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Self-Interest
Influence Character Benchmark: Present
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Responsibility vs. Commitment
Relationship Story Problem: Avoid
Relationship Story Solution: Pursuit
Relationship Story Symptom: Faith
Relationship Story Response: Disbelief
Relationship Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Hope
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceiving
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: Obtaining
Overall Story Consequence: Becoming
Overall Story Cost: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Learning
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conceiving
Overall Story Preconditions: Present
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

OS: MC: IC: RS:

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