The Power of the Dog


Film synopsis: "Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love." (Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Main Character Growth: Start
Main Character Approach: Do-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Female
Story Driver: Action
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Failure
Story Judgment: Bad

Overall Story Throughline

Jealousy, Resentment, and Sexuality in 1925 Montana

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Deficiency vs. Permission
Overall Story Problem: Evaluation
Overall Story Solution: Reevaluation
Overall Story Symptom: Possibility
Overall Story Response: Probability
Overall Story Catalyst: Permission
Overall Story Inhibitor: Preconditions
Overall Story Benchmark: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 3: Being
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline

Phil Burbank

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Present
Main Character Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Main Character Problem: Evaluation
Main Character Solution: Reevaluation
Main Character Symptom: Protection
Main Character Response: Inaction
Main Character Unique Ability: Work
Main Character Critical Flaw: Doubt
Main Character Benchmark: Future
Main Character Signpost 1: Past
Main Character Signpost 2: Progress
Main Character Signpost 3: Future
Main Character Signpost 4: Present

Influence Character Throughline

Peter Gordon

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Conscious
Influence Character Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Influence Character Problem: Inaction
Influence Character Solution: Protection
Influence Character Symptom: Possibility
Influence Character Response: Probability
Influence Character Unique Ability: Investigation
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Attempt
Influence Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 2: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Memory

Relationship Story Throughline


Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Preconditions vs. Prerequisites
Relationship Story Problem: Evaluation
Relationship Story Solution: Reevaluation
Relationship Story Symptom: Non-Acceptance
Relationship Story Response: Acceptance
Relationship Story Catalyst: Prerequisites
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Deficiency
Relationship Story Benchmark: Obtaining
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: Conceiving
Overall Story Consequence: Learning
Overall Story Cost: Conscious
Overall Story Dividend: Present
Overall Story Requirements: Becoming
Overall Story Prerequisites: Obtaining
Overall Story Preconditions: Subconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Future

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