Sweet Smell of Success

Storyform

"Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician." -- IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Sidney Falco 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: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Bad
Sidney Falco ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Coercing others through manipulation to get what you want in New York City.

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Need vs. Expediency
Overall Story Problem: Induction
Overall Story Solution: Deduction
Overall Story Symptom: Proaction
Overall Story Response: Reaction
Overall Story Catalyst: Permission
Overall Story Inhibitor: Appraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Being
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 3: Being
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Sidney Falco

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Attraction vs. Repulsion
Main Character Problem: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Solution: Acceptance
Main Character Symptom: Proaction
Main Character Response: Reaction
Main Character Unique Ability: Work
Main Character Critical Flaw: Strategy
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Present
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Future

Influence Character Throughline

Susan Hunsecker

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Appraisal vs. Reappraisal
Influence Character Problem: Induction
Influence Character Solution: Deduction
Influence Character Symptom: Acceptance
Influence Character Response: Non-Acceptance
Influence Character Unique Ability: Investigation
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Need
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

JJ's Dependents

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Strategy vs. Analysis
Relationship Story Problem: Induction
Relationship Story Solution: Deduction
Relationship Story Symptom: Reduction
Relationship Story Response: Production
Relationship Story Catalyst: Prerequisites
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attraction
Relationship Story Benchmark: Doing
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: Past
Overall Story Consequence: Conceiving
Overall Story Cost: Learning
Overall Story Dividend: Conscious
Overall Story Requirements: Being
Overall Story Prerequisites: Doing
Overall Story Preconditions: Preconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Progress

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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