The Descendants


SYNOPSIS: "A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident."  Synopsis Source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Matt King uses linear 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: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Matt King ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

What to do with the King dynasty

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Overall Story Problem: Inaction
Overall Story Solution: Protection
Overall Story Symptom: Production
Overall Story Response: Reduction
Overall Story Catalyst: Deficiency
Overall Story Inhibitor: Prerequisites
Overall Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Being
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 3: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Main Character Throughline

Matt King

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Main Character Problem: Inaction
Main Character Solution: Protection
Main Character Symptom: Reevaluation
Main Character Response: Evaluation
Main Character Unique Ability: Attempt
Main Character Critical Flaw: Investigation
Main Character Benchmark: Past
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Present
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Elizabeth King

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Influence Character Problem: Evaluation
Influence Character Solution: Reevaluation
Influence Character Symptom: Production
Influence Character Response: Reduction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Doubt
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Work
Influence Character Benchmark: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Failed marriage

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Relationship Story Problem: Deduction
Relationship Story Solution: Induction
Relationship Story Symptom: Production
Relationship Story Response: Reduction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Preconditions
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Permission
Relationship Story Benchmark: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Learning

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

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Dynamic Act Schematics


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