The American President


SYNOPSIS: "Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway."  Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd uses holistic problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Decision
In terms of the overall plot, decisions force actions to be taken.

Story Limit: Timelock
The story climax occurs because time has run out.

Story Outcome: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Battle Over Passage of the Crime Bill

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Approach vs. Attitude
Overall Story Problem: Reconsider
Overall Story Solution: Consider
Overall Story Symptom: Logic
Overall Story Response: Feeling
Overall Story Catalyst: Attitude
Overall Story Inhibitor: Rationalization
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Main Character Throughline

U.S. Pres. Andrew Shepherd

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Subconscious
Main Character Issue: Closure vs. Denial
Main Character Problem: Reconsider
Main Character Solution: Consider
Main Character Symptom: Pursuit
Main Character Response: Avoid
Main Character Unique Ability: Denial
Main Character Critical Flaw: Openness
Main Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Memory
Main Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Influence Character Throughline

Sydney Ellen Wade

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Openness vs. Preconception
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Logic
Influence Character Response: Feeling
Influence Character Unique Ability: Preconception
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Closure
Influence Character Benchmark: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Widowed President Single Paramour

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Rationalization vs. Obligation
Relationship Story Problem: Reconsider
Relationship Story Solution: Consider
Relationship Story Symptom: Support
Relationship Story Response: Oppose
Relationship Story Catalyst: Obligation
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Approach
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
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: Obtaining
Overall Story Consequence: Becoming
Overall Story Cost: Future
Overall Story Dividend: Subconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Doing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Being
Overall Story Preconditions: Progress
Overall Story Forewarnings: Preconscious

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