The Terminator

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Sarah Connor 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: Bad
Sarah Connor ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Protecting the Mother of the Human Resistance

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Self-Interest vs. Morality
Overall Story Problem: Pursuit
Overall Story Solution: Avoid
Overall Story Symptom: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Response: Control
Overall Story Catalyst: Morality
Overall Story Inhibitor: Commitment
Overall Story Benchmark: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Main Character Throughline

Sarah Connor

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

Influence Character Throughline

Kyle Reese

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

Relationship Story Throughline

Romance/Becoming a Family

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

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: Understanding
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Preconditions: Past
Overall Story Forewarnings: Memory

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

OS: MC: IC: RS:

Dramatica Story Expert

the next chapter in story development

Buy Now