Smoke Signals

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn't seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Journey to Bring Father Home

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Understanding
Overall Story Issue: Senses vs. Interpretation
Overall Story Problem: Aware
Overall Story Solution: Ability
Overall Story Symptom: Actuality
Overall Story Response: Perception
Overall Story Catalyst: Instinct
Overall Story Inhibitor: Sense of Self
Overall Story Benchmark: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 1: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Main Character Throughline

Victor Joseph

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Past
Main Character Issue: Destiny vs. Fate
Main Character Problem: Aware
Main Character Solution: Ability
Main Character Symptom: Projection
Main Character Response: Speculation
Main Character Unique Ability: Fate
Main Character Critical Flaw: Falsehood
Main Character Benchmark: Present
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Present
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Thomas Builds-the-Fire

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Memory
Influence Character Issue: Falsehood vs. Truth
Influence Character Problem: Knowledge
Influence Character Solution: Thought
Influence Character Symptom: Actuality
Influence Character Response: Perception
Influence Character Unique Ability: Truth
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Destiny
Influence Character Benchmark: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Memory

Relationship Story Throughline

How do two Indians fit in modern world? How do we think about Arnold?

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Issue: Situation vs. Circumstances
Relationship Story Problem: Order
Relationship Story Solution: Chaos
Relationship Story Symptom: Actuality
Relationship Story Response: Perception
Relationship Story Catalyst: State of Being
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Conditioning
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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