Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down."  Synopsis Source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Jefferson Smith 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: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Jefferson Smith ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Reveal the Taylor Scam before the Senate passes the Deficiency Bill

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Overall Story Problem: Production
Overall Story Solution: Reduction
Overall Story Symptom: Inaction
Overall Story Response: Protection
Overall Story Catalyst: Deficiency
Overall Story Inhibitor: Reappraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Main Character Throughline

Jefferson Smith

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Main Character Problem: Reevaluation
Main Character Solution: Evaluation
Main Character Symptom: Inaction
Main Character Response: Protection
Main Character Unique Ability: Attempt
Main Character Critical Flaw: Analysis
Main Character Benchmark: Past
Main Character Signpost 1: Present
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline

Saunders / Senator Paine

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Influence Character Problem: Production
Influence Character Solution: Reduction
Influence Character Symptom: Evaluation
Influence Character Response: Reevaluation
Influence Character Unique Ability: Doubt
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Expediency
Influence Character Benchmark: Memory
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 / Mentorship

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Relationship Story Problem: Reaction
Relationship Story Solution: Proaction
Relationship Story Symptom: Inaction
Relationship Story Response: Protection
Relationship Story Catalyst: Preconditions
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Repulsion
Relationship Story Benchmark: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

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