The Philadelphia Experiment


SYNOPSIS: "A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors 40 years into the future."  Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

A Time Vortex is Stuck Open

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Repulsion vs. Attraction
Overall Story Problem: Production
Overall Story Solution: Reduction
Overall Story Symptom: Possibility
Overall Story Response: Probability
Overall Story Catalyst: Attraction
Overall Story Inhibitor: Reappraisal
Overall Story Benchmark: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 1: Past
Overall Story Signpost 2: Future
Overall Story Signpost 3: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 4: Present

Main Character Throughline

David Herdeg

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Learning
Main Character Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Main Character Problem: Production
Main Character Solution: Reduction
Main Character Symptom: Induction
Main Character Response: Deduction
Main Character Unique Ability: Strategy
Main Character Critical Flaw: Expediency
Main Character Benchmark: Doing
Main Character Signpost 1: Doing
Main Character Signpost 2: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 3: Learning
Main Character Signpost 4: Understanding

Influence Character Throughline

Allison Hayes

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceiving
Influence Character Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Influence Character Problem: Reevaluation
Influence Character Solution: Evaluation
Influence Character Symptom: Possibility
Influence Character Response: Probability
Influence Character Unique Ability: Need
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Analysis
Influence Character Benchmark: Being
Influence Character Signpost 1: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Relationship Story Throughline

1943/1984 Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Reappraisal vs. Appraisal
Relationship Story Problem: Protection
Relationship Story Solution: Inaction
Relationship Story Symptom: Possibility
Relationship Story Response: Probability
Relationship Story Catalyst: Appraisal
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Repulsion
Relationship Story Benchmark: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Memory

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Present
Overall Story Consequence: Conscious
Overall Story Cost: Conceiving
Overall Story Dividend: Learning
Overall Story Requirements: Progress
Overall Story Prerequisites: Preconscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Being
Overall Story Forewarnings: Doing

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Dynamic Act Schematics


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