There’s Something About Mary

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Ted uses holistic 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
Ted ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Seeking That "Something" Mary Has Got

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Issue: Sense of Self vs. State of Being
Overall Story Problem: Ability
Overall Story Solution: Desire
Overall Story Symptom: Speculation
Overall Story Response: Projection
Overall Story Catalyst: Situation
Overall Story Inhibitor: Interpretation
Overall Story Benchmark: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 1: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Being
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Ted

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Past
Main Character Issue: Interdiction vs. Prediction
Main Character Problem: Ability
Main Character Solution: Desire
Main Character Symptom: Inequity
Main Character Response: Equity
Main Character Unique Ability: Prediction
Main Character Critical Flaw: Suspicion
Main Character Benchmark: Present
Main Character Signpost 1: Past
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Present

Influence Character Throughline

Mary

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Memory
Influence Character Issue: Suspicion vs. Evidence
Influence Character Problem: Equity
Influence Character Solution: Inequity
Influence Character Symptom: Speculation
Influence Character Response: Projection
Influence Character Unique Ability: Evidence
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Interdiction
Influence Character Benchmark: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Dating Rituals

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Understanding
Relationship Story Issue: Conditioning vs. Instinct
Relationship Story Problem: Inertia
Relationship Story Solution: Change
Relationship Story Symptom: Speculation
Relationship Story Response: Projection
Relationship Story Catalyst: Senses
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Circumstances
Relationship Story Benchmark: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Learning

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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