L.A. Confidential

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Ed Exley 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: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Ed Exley ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Getting Rid of Corruption in L.A.

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Self-Interest vs. Morality
Overall Story Problem: Pursuit
Overall Story Solution: Avoid
Overall Story Symptom: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Response: Control
Overall Story Catalyst: Approach
Overall Story Inhibitor: Obligation
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Learning

Main Character Throughline

Ed Exley

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Closure vs. Denial
Main Character Problem: Pursuit
Main Character Solution: Avoid
Main Character Symptom: Reconsider
Main Character Response: Consider
Main Character Unique Ability: Closure
Main Character Critical Flaw: Preconception
Main Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Memory
Main Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Conscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Influence Character Throughline

Bud White

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Openness vs. Preconception
Influence Character Problem: Help
Influence Character Solution: Hinder
Influence Character Symptom: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Response: Control
Influence Character Unique Ability: Openness
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Denial
Influence Character Benchmark: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 1: Present
Influence Character Signpost 2: Past
Influence Character Signpost 3: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 4: Future

Relationship Story Throughline

Mismatched Partners

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Commitment vs. Responsibility
Relationship Story Problem: Pursuit
Relationship Story Solution: Avoid
Relationship Story Symptom: Disbelief
Relationship Story Response: Faith
Relationship Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attitude
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
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: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Doing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Being
Overall Story Preconditions: Progress
Overall Story Forewarnings: Preconscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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