La La Land


Synopsis: "While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future." (Source:

Story Analysis: Dramatica Users Group

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Mia uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Decision
In terms of the overall plot, decisions force actions to be taken.

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
Mia ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

"Making It" in La La Land

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Being
Overall Story Issue: Ability vs. Desire
Overall Story Problem: Accurate
Overall Story Solution: Non-Accurate
Overall Story Symptom: Cause
Overall Story Response: Effect
Overall Story Catalyst: Desire
Overall Story Inhibitor: Skill
Overall Story Benchmark: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Progress
Main Character Issue: Fact vs. Fantasy
Main Character Problem: Accurate
Main Character Solution: Non-Accurate
Main Character Symptom: Unproven
Main Character Response: Proven
Main Character Unique Ability: Threat
Main Character Critical Flaw: Confidence
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Present
Main Character Signpost 2: Past
Main Character Signpost 3: Progress
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Preconscious
Influence Character Issue: Value vs. Worth
Influence Character Problem: Proven
Influence Character Solution: Unproven
Influence Character Symptom: Cause
Influence Character Response: Effect
Influence Character Unique Ability: Worry
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Security
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Budding Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Doing
Relationship Story Issue: Skill vs. Experience
Relationship Story Problem: Trust
Relationship Story Solution: Test
Relationship Story Symptom: Cause
Relationship Story Response: Effect
Relationship Story Catalyst: Experience
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Ability
Relationship Story Benchmark: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Doing

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Being
Overall Story Consequence: Doing
Overall Story Cost: Preconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Progress
Overall Story Requirements: Becoming
Overall Story Prerequisites: Obtaining
Overall Story Preconditions: Subconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Future

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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