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Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems."  Synopsis Source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Emma uses holistic 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: Good
Emma ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Dysfunctional Relationships

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Becoming
Overall Story Issue: Responsibility vs. Commitment
Overall Story Problem: Temptation
Overall Story Solution: Conscience
Overall Story Symptom: Control
Overall Story Response: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Catalyst: Rationalization
Overall Story Inhibitor: Hope
Overall Story Benchmark: Being
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Emma

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Future
Main Character Issue: Preconception vs. Openness
Main Character Problem: Hinder
Main Character Solution: Help
Main Character Symptom: Control
Main Character Response: Uncontrolled
Main Character Unique Ability: Openness
Main Character Critical Flaw: Responsibility
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Present

Influence Character Throughline

Aurora

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Subconscious
Influence Character Issue: Denial vs. Closure
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Help
Influence Character Response: Hinder
Influence Character Unique Ability: Closure
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Commitment
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

Mother/Daughter

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Obtaining
Relationship Story Issue: Morality vs. Self-Interest
Relationship Story Problem: Temptation
Relationship Story Solution: Conscience
Relationship Story Symptom: Faith
Relationship Story Response: Disbelief
Relationship Story Catalyst: Approach
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Delay
Relationship Story Benchmark: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Learning

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Becoming
Overall Story Consequence: Obtaining
Overall Story Cost: Subconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Future
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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