The Shawshank Redemption

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency."  Synopsis Source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Red prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Red uses linear problem-solving techniques.

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

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
Red ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Innocent in Jail

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Future
Overall Story Issue: Delay vs. Choice
Overall Story Problem: Support
Overall Story Solution: Oppose
Overall Story Symptom: Avoid
Overall Story Response: Pursuit
Overall Story Catalyst: Openness
Overall Story Inhibitor: Denial
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Future
Overall Story Signpost 2: Past
Overall Story Signpost 3: Present
Overall Story Signpost 4: Progress

Main Character Throughline

Red

Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Becoming
Main Character Issue: Rationalization vs. Obligation
Main Character Problem: Support
Main Character Solution: Oppose
Main Character Symptom: Reconsider
Main Character Response: Consider
Main Character Unique Ability: Rationalization
Main Character Critical Flaw: Attitude
Main Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Main Character Signpost 1: Being
Main Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Main Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Influence Character Throughline

Andy

Influence Character Throughline: Physics
Influence Character Concern: Obtaining
Influence Character Issue: Approach vs. Attitude
Influence Character Problem: Control
Influence Character Solution: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Symptom: Avoid
Influence Character Response: Pursuit
Influence Character Unique Ability: Approach
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Obligation
Influence Character Benchmark: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline

Growing Friendship

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Subconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Hope vs. Dream
Relationship Story Problem: Consider
Relationship Story Solution: Reconsider
Relationship Story Symptom: Avoid
Relationship Story Response: Pursuit
Relationship Story Catalyst: Closure
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Preconception
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Future
Overall Story Consequence: Subconscious
Overall Story Cost: Obtaining
Overall Story Dividend: Becoming
Overall Story Requirements: Past
Overall Story Prerequisites: Memory
Overall Story Preconditions: Understanding
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conceptualizing

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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