Sound of Metal


Film synopsis: "A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing." (Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Main Character Growth: Stop
Main Character Approach: Do-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Male
Story Driver: Action
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Failure
Story Judgment: Good

Overall Story Throughline

A band is in crisis when its drummer loses his hearing

Overall Story Throughline: Physics
Overall Story Concern: Learning
Overall Story Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Overall Story Problem: Reduction
Overall Story Solution: Production
Overall Story Symptom: Deduction
Overall Story Response: Induction
Overall Story Catalyst: Strategy
Overall Story Inhibitor: Expediency
Overall Story Benchmark: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Overall Story Signpost 2: Learning
Overall Story Signpost 3: Doing
Overall Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Main Character Throughline

Ruben Stone

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Repulsion vs. Attraction
Main Character Problem: Reduction
Main Character Solution: Production
Main Character Symptom: Probability
Main Character Response: Possibility
Main Character Unique Ability: Attraction
Main Character Critical Flaw: Reappraisal
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Future
Main Character Signpost 2: Present
Main Character Signpost 3: Past
Main Character Signpost 4: Progress

Influence Character Throughline

Lou / Joe

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Reappraisal vs. Appraisal
Influence Character Problem: Acceptance
Influence Character Solution: Non-Acceptance
Influence Character Symptom: Deduction
Influence Character Response: Induction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Appraisal
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Repulsion
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 3: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Subconscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Partners / Addicts

Relationship Story Throughline: Psychology
Relationship Story Concern: Conceiving
Relationship Story Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Relationship Story Problem: Reduction
Relationship Story Solution: Production
Relationship Story Symptom: Inaction
Relationship Story Response: Protection
Relationship Story Catalyst: Need
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Analysis
Relationship Story Benchmark: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Being
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

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