Synopsis: "A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami." (Source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Little/Chiron/Black changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Little/Chiron/Black, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Little/Chiron/Black prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Little/Chiron/Black 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
Little/Chiron/Black ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Being Black and Impoverished in South Florida

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Attraction vs. Repulsion
Overall Story Problem: Non-Acceptance
Overall Story Solution: Acceptance
Overall Story Symptom: Proaction
Overall Story Response: Reaction
Overall Story Catalyst: Repulsion
Overall Story Inhibitor: Appraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Future
Overall Story Signpost 3: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Conceiving
Main Character Issue: Permission vs. Deficiency
Main Character Problem: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Solution: Acceptance
Main Character Symptom: Certainty
Main Character Response: Potentiality
Main Character Unique Ability: Expediency
Main Character Critical Flaw: Strategy
Main Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Main Character Signpost 1: Being
Main Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Main Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Physics
Influence Character Concern: Learning
Influence Character Issue: Prerequisites vs. Preconditions
Influence Character Problem: Protection
Influence Character Solution: Inaction
Influence Character Symptom: Proaction
Influence Character Response: Reaction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Analysis
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Need
Influence Character Benchmark: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline


Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Appraisal vs. Reappraisal
Relationship Story Problem: Potentiality
Relationship Story Solution: Certainty
Relationship Story Symptom: Proaction
Relationship Story Response: Reaction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Reappraisal
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attraction
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Present
Overall Story Consequence: Conscious
Overall Story Cost: Learning
Overall Story Dividend: Conceiving
Overall Story Requirements: Past
Overall Story Prerequisites: Memory
Overall Story Preconditions: Understanding
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conceptualizing

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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