Planet of the Apes

Storyform for the Humans as Antagonists

SYNOPSIS: "An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Planet of the Apes can be interpreted as having two very different storyforms. In the first (shown below) Taylor and crew come to disrupt the status quo and are as seen as Antagonists. The second storyform sees Taylor and crew as Protagonists with the intention of taking over. For a detailed explanation, please see the Planet of the Apes Notes.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Taylor 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: Bad
Taylor ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Apes and Men Don't Mix

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Overall Story Problem: Protection
Overall Story Solution: Inaction
Overall Story Symptom: Reevaluation
Overall Story Response: Evaluation
Overall Story Catalyst: Repulsion
Overall Story Inhibitor: Appraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Future
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Present
Overall Story Signpost 4: Past

Main Character Throughline

Taylor

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

Influence Character Throughline

Dr. Zaius/Landon

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceiving
Influence Character Issue: Need vs. Expediency
Influence Character Problem: Possibility
Influence Character Solution: Probability
Influence Character Symptom: Reevaluation
Influence Character Response: Evaluation
Influence Character Unique Ability: Expediency
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Strategy
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 4: Being

Relationship Story Throughline

What Is Better Than Man?

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Relationship Story Problem: Production
Relationship Story Solution: Reduction
Relationship Story Symptom: Reevaluation
Relationship Story Response: Evaluation
Relationship Story Catalyst: Reappraisal
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attraction
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Preconscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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