This month we analyzed the offbeat 2002 comedy, Juno -- SYNOPSIS: "Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child."  Synopsis Source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman finds a couple to adopt her child.

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Future
Overall Story Issue: Openness vs. Preconception
Overall Story Problem: Consider
Overall Story Solution: Reconsider
Overall Story Symptom: Faith
Overall Story Response: Disbelief
Overall Story Catalyst: Choice
Overall Story Inhibitor: Attitude
Overall Story Benchmark: Present
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Obtaining
Main Character Issue: Morality vs. Self-Interest
Main Character Problem: Conscience
Main Character Solution: Temptation
Main Character Symptom: Faith
Main Character Response: Disbelief
Main Character Unique Ability: Morality
Main Character Critical Flaw: Preconception
Main Character Benchmark: Learning
Main Character Signpost 1: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Learning
Main Character Signpost 4: Understanding

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Becoming
Influence Character Issue: Responsibility vs. Commitment
Influence Character Problem: Consider
Influence Character Solution: Reconsider
Influence Character Symptom: Support
Influence Character Response: Oppose
Influence Character Unique Ability: Responsibility
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Denial
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 1: Being
Influence Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Relationship Story Throughline

Kindred Spirits

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Subconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Closure vs. Denial
Relationship Story Problem: Support
Relationship Story Solution: Oppose
Relationship Story Symptom: Faith
Relationship Story Response: Disbelief
Relationship Story Catalyst: Dream
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Obligation
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Memory

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Future
Overall Story Consequence: Subconscious
Overall Story Cost: Becoming
Overall Story Dividend: Obtaining
Overall Story Requirements: Present
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Conceiving
Overall Story Forewarnings: Learning

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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