True Grit

Storyform for the 1969 Version

SYNOPSIS: "A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Mattie Ross maintains his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

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

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

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

Overall Story Throughline

Kill Tom Chaney

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Obtaining
Overall Story Issue: Approach vs. Attitude
Overall Story Problem: Logic
Overall Story Solution: Feeling
Overall Story Symptom: Reconsider
Overall Story Response: Consider
Overall Story Catalyst: Self-Interest
Overall Story Inhibitor: Openness
Overall Story Benchmark: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Obtaining
Overall Story Signpost 4: Learning

Main Character Throughline

Mattie Ross

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: Hope
Main Character Critical Flaw: Rationalization
Main Character Benchmark: Memory
Main Character Signpost 1: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 2: Memory
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Influence Character Throughline

Rooster Cogburn

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Future
Influence Character Issue: Openness vs. Preconception
Influence Character Problem: Logic
Influence Character Solution: Feeling
Influence Character Symptom: Temptation
Influence Character Response: Conscience
Influence Character Unique Ability: Delay
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Approach
Influence Character Benchmark: Past
Influence Character Signpost 1: Present
Influence Character Signpost 2: Past
Influence Character Signpost 3: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 4: Future

Relationship Story Throughline

Building an Extended Family

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Becoming
Relationship Story Issue: Rationalization vs. Obligation
Relationship Story Problem: Support
Relationship Story Solution: Oppose
Relationship Story Symptom: Reconsider
Relationship Story Response: Consider
Relationship Story Catalyst: Commitment
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Closure
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

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

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