The Shape of Water


Film synopsis:  "At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity."  (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: Success
Story Judgment: Good

Overall Story Throughline

An aquatic man has been captured by the U.S. Gov't for study

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Present
Overall Story Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Overall Story Problem: Evaluation
Overall Story Solution: Reevaluation
Overall Story Symptom: Inaction
Overall Story Response: Protection
Overall Story Catalyst: Work
Overall Story Inhibitor: Doubt
Overall Story Benchmark: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Past
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Progress

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Learning
Main Character Issue: Preconditions vs. Prerequisites
Main Character Problem: Evaluation
Main Character Solution: Reevaluation
Main Character Symptom: Acceptance
Main Character Response: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Unique Ability: Prerequisites
Main Character Critical Flaw: Deficiency
Main Character Benchmark: Doing
Main Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 4: Learning

Influence Character Throughline

Aquatic Man

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceiving
Influence Character Issue: Deficiency vs. Permission
Influence Character Problem: Reduction
Influence Character Solution: Production
Influence Character Symptom: Inaction
Influence Character Response: Protection
Influence Character Unique Ability: Permission
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Preconditions
Influence Character Benchmark: Being
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 2: Being
Influence Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Relationship Story Throughline


Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Conscious
Relationship Story Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Relationship Story Problem: Probability
Relationship Story Solution: Possibility
Relationship Story Symptom: Inaction
Relationship Story Response: Protection
Relationship Story Catalyst: Investigation
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Attempt
Relationship Story Benchmark: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Subconscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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