Michael Clayton

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

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

Story Judgment: Good
Michael Clayton ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

UNorth Fighting a Class-Action Suit

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Progress
Overall Story Issue: Fact vs. Fantasy
Overall Story Problem: Non-Accurate
Overall Story Solution: Accurate
Overall Story Symptom: Unproven
Overall Story Response: Proven
Overall Story Catalyst: Security
Overall Story Inhibitor: Worry
Overall Story Benchmark: Future
Overall Story Signpost 1: Future
Overall Story Signpost 2: Present
Overall Story Signpost 3: Past
Overall Story Signpost 4: Progress

Main Character Throughline

Michael Clayton

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Doing
Main Character Issue: Experience vs. Skill
Main Character Problem: Non-Accurate
Main Character Solution: Accurate
Main Character Symptom: Determination
Main Character Response: Expectation
Main Character Unique Ability: Skill
Main Character Critical Flaw: Desire
Main Character Benchmark: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 4: Learning

Influence Character Throughline

Arthur Eden

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Being
Influence Character Issue: Desire vs. Ability
Influence Character Problem: Process
Influence Character Solution: Result
Influence Character Symptom: Unproven
Influence Character Response: Proven
Influence Character Unique Ability: Ability
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Experience
Influence Character Benchmark: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 2: Being
Influence Character Signpost 3: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Relationship Story Throughline

Strained Friendship

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Preconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Value vs. Worth
Relationship Story Problem: Non-Accurate
Relationship Story Solution: Accurate
Relationship Story Symptom: Process
Relationship Story Response: Result
Relationship Story Catalyst: Confidence
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Threat
Relationship Story Benchmark: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Preconscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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