Jerry Maguire

Storyform for the Sports 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
Jerry maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Ethical Sports Agency

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Attitude vs. Approach
Overall Story Problem: Hinder
Overall Story Solution: Help
Overall Story Symptom: Oppose
Overall Story Response: Support
Overall Story Catalyst: Approach
Overall Story Inhibitor: Delay
Overall Story Benchmark: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Main Character Throughline

Jerry

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Future
Main Character Issue: Delay vs. Choice
Main Character Problem: Avoid
Main Character Solution: Pursuit
Main Character Symptom: Oppose
Main Character Response: Support
Main Character Unique Ability: Openness
Main Character Critical Flaw: Ability
Main Character Benchmark: Past
Main Character Signpost 1: Present
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline

Rod

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Subconscious
Influence Character Issue: Hope vs. Dream
Influence Character Problem: Hinder
Influence Character Solution: Help
Influence Character Symptom: Temptation
Influence Character Response: Conscience
Influence Character Unique Ability: Closure
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Commitment
Influence Character Benchmark: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Agent/Client

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Obligation vs. Rationalization
Relationship Story Problem: Reconsider
Relationship Story Solution: Consider
Relationship Story Symptom: Oppose
Relationship Story Response: Support
Relationship Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Hope
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

OS: MC: IC: RS:

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