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by Graham
May 17, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Story Expert for PC
Replies: 5
Views: 6420

Re: Story Expert for PC

Yes, please, my credit card is champing at the bit. (Yes, I thought it was spelled chomping too). A few years ago when working on a story, I set up an Excel template for plotting the Signposts and Journeys of the 4 Throughlines using Your Plot, Step by Step by Melanie Anne Phillips (http://storymind...
by Graham
Feb 16, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Any Examples of Steadfast Beer and Change Doer?
Replies: 3
Views: 4611

Re: Any Examples of Steadfast Beer and Change Doer?

Sure. One of Dramatica's favorite example stories, Star Wars.
by Graham
Sep 20, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Doctor-patient confidentiality as Preconditions
Replies: 3
Views: 2932

Re: Doctor-patient confidentiality as Preconditions

If this restriction interferes with him using his Unique Ability to achieve the Story Goal, then I think the answer is yes.
by Graham
Jul 12, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: When will next update of Dramatica Pro be available?
Replies: 81
Views: 66782

Re: When will next update of Dramatica Pro be available?

Chris,

Congratulations on this release! The program looks amazing just from the screenshots. And the GISTS feature is brilliant. Can't wait for the windows version, I'm (almost) considering swtiching to Mac.

Graham
by Graham
May 30, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Visual Story Engine
Replies: 2
Views: 4489

Re: Visual Story Engine

That is a cool way to get another perspective on how your throughlines are connected. Thanks for reposting it.

Does it require Dramatica to be set to use layman's terms? (Edit/Preferences/Term Swap)
by Graham
May 16, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Dimensions
Replies: 7
Views: 5496

Re: Character Dimensions

While working on the Build Character relationships I noticed that two of my characters, throughout all 4 dimensions, are never found together in the same quad. What would that mean in terms of my story?
by Graham
May 16, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Dimensions
Replies: 7
Views: 5496

Re: Character Dimensions

See http://forums.screenplay.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=4312 for a response to the above workshop question.
by Graham
May 11, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Dramatica Workshops
Replies: 1
Views: 1966

Dramatica Workshops

...(in fact you (Chris Huntley) showed in one of your workshops how effective complex characters can be).... Hi Graham. What workshop might that be? I have three audio CD's about Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex, but wanted to know if there might be another worth my while investing in. Thanks...
by Graham
May 08, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Dimensions
Replies: 7
Views: 5496

Re: Character Dimensions

Chris, I''ve illustrated all 64 character elements, and when I review my illustrations in the Build Characters report, it's exciting that the characters are coming to life. There's no doubt that making them complex characters makes them more interesting. They seem more real to me now. I had hesitate...
by Graham
May 03, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Build Character Archetype Positions
Replies: 4
Views: 4028

Re: Build Character Archetype Positions

Right, these patterns match the 4 classes in the theme browser. The patterns will not be changed by other storyform choices.
by Graham
Apr 26, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: StoryGuide Levels 1 & 2 vs. 3
Replies: 1
Views: 1933

Re: StoryGuide Levels 1 & 2 vs. 3

Hey Buck - Yep, it's the same question with the same meaning. StoryGuide Level 3 adds the "skip" option which has no effect on the storyform, but lets you move on to other questions. You've probably discovered that sometimes answering enough other questions sufficiently narrows the storyfo...
by Graham
Apr 23, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Mental Relativity
Replies: 8
Views: 8607

Re: Mental Relativity

The 40 page PDF referred to above can be found at http://www.dramatica.com/archives/theory/mr/index.html .
by Graham
Apr 20, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Main and Obstacle / Impact Characters as Default
Replies: 2
Views: 4248

Re: Main and Obstacle / Impact Characters as Default

The Main Character and the Obstacle (Impact) Character are built in to the Dramatica Pro software because they are the subjective characters, reprsenting the more personal perspectives of a story: Main Chracter Throughline ("I"), Obstacle (Impact) Character Throughline ("You"), a...
by Graham
Apr 05, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Do consequences have to be bad? Can they change later?
Replies: 4
Views: 5890

Re: Do consequences have to be bad? Can they change later?

No, the consequence in a story does not have to be bad. The Goal could be seen as "bad" and the Consequence would then be seen as "good". In many James Bond films it is the villain who is the protagonist and is for the Goal. James Bond is trying to stop the villain, and is agains...
by Graham
Apr 02, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Dimensions
Replies: 7
Views: 5496

Re: Character Dimensions/Build Characters

Chris, It's been a while since I worked on the story I referred to above, but I haven't stopped thinking about it. At the time I was focusing on the Main Character and Impact Character and trying to plot out the story using the storyform signposts and journeys. But after multiple draft outlines, I s...
by Graham
Mar 28, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Archetypes - software question
Replies: 13
Views: 6659

Re: Archetypes - software question

The position of the character elements in the Build Character window depends on the OS Domain in your storyform. If Consider and Faith are next to each other, then I believe your OS Domain is Situation. Also, PURPOSE, EVALUATION, METHODOLOGY and MOTIVATION each have 16 character elements. When you c...
by Graham
Mar 23, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: 5 Element pairs in all 4 domains
Replies: 3
Views: 4168

Re: 5 Element pairs in all 4 domains

Melanie Anne Phillips elaborates on the structure of the Dramatica model and its effects on the quads of character elements:

http://dramaticapedia.com/2010/04/08/the-dramatica-structure-elements/
by Graham
Feb 09, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: 5 Element pairs in all 4 domains
Replies: 3
Views: 4168

Re: 5 Element pairs in all 4 domains

Also:

Help x Hinder
Evaluation x Re-evaluation
Projection x Speculation
by Graham
Sep 06, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: MC GROWTH: Bogged Down in Language
Replies: 5
Views: 4302

Re: MC GROWTH: Bogged Down in Language

It is just as valid. But not in the same storyform. For any one storyform, Dramatica recommends focusing on either STOP or START, but not both. It's the author's choice. You can choose to use Dramatica's recommendation or not, or you can choose a different storyform. But if you choose both STOP and ...
by Graham
Jun 09, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Dimensions
Replies: 7
Views: 5496

Character Dimensions

Chris, Regarding the 4 character dimensions of Motivation, Methodology, Means of Evaluation and Purpose: What is the effect of not using all 4 dimensions in your characters? If I assign only Motivations to characters, will the characters feel one-dimensional? Or will the audience accept it because M...

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