On the Waterfront

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Terry Malloy 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
Terry Malloy ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Bring Down the Waterfront Mobsters

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Understanding
Overall Story Issue: Conditioning vs. Instinct
Overall Story Problem: Inertia
Overall Story Solution: Change
Overall Story Symptom: Projection
Overall Story Response: Speculation
Overall Story Catalyst: Instinct
Overall Story Inhibitor: Sense of Self
Overall Story Benchmark: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Main Character Throughline

Terry Malloy

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Past
Main Character Issue: Prediction vs. Interdiction
Main Character Problem: Inertia
Main Character Solution: Change
Main Character Symptom: Actuality
Main Character Response: Perception
Main Character Unique Ability: Fate
Main Character Critical Flaw: Falsehood
Main Character Benchmark: Present
Main Character Signpost 1: Past
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Present

Influence Character Throughline

Edie Doyle/Father Berry

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Memory
Influence Character Issue: Evidence vs. Suspicion
Influence Character Problem: Equity
Influence Character Solution: Inequity
Influence Character Symptom: Projection
Influence Character Response: Speculation
Influence Character Unique Ability: Truth
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Destiny
Influence Character Benchmark: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

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Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Issue: Sense of Self vs. State of Being
Relationship Story Problem: Ability
Relationship Story Solution: Desire
Relationship Story Symptom: Projection
Relationship Story Response: Speculation
Relationship Story Catalyst: State of Being
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Conditioning
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Being

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

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Dynamic Act Schematics

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