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by Contagionist
May 07, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Changing by deciding not to change?
Replies: 4
Views: 4147

Re: Changing by deciding not to change?

I've been working on my storyform, and have realized that my main character is indeed a Change character. The gist of my story is the main character meets a woman, they fall in love, and then he finds she's involved in something very dangerous. His issue is that he doesn't believe he's important or ...
by Contagionist
May 06, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Speed Revisited
Replies: 0
Views: 2285

Speed Revisited

I was reading some analyses of Speed and I have an alternate view of its structure. The analyses state that Speed has a muddled climax because the bus is on a Timelock, but the final showdown between Jack and Payne is an Optionlock after the Timelock is done away with. The goal according to this ana...
by Contagionist
May 06, 2013 6:10 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Query letters and Dramatica
Replies: 3
Views: 4117

Re: Query letters and Dramatica

From what I understand, though, queries are different from pitches. In a query, you're supposed to give the reader an idea of the complete story, since you're not going to be there to have a dialogue. You're not supposed to hide your twist ending because the reader's going to want to know if it's tr...
by Contagionist
May 06, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Cursory Analysis: Short Circuit
Replies: 4
Views: 3545

Re: Cursory Analysis: Short Circuit

Maybe Number Five isn't either MC or IC. It could be that he's just the focus of everyone in the overall story, so the goal would be Obtaining. The things I'm looking at is that Number Five is steadfast for sure, and I don't remember Stephanie changing her resolve either. Newton would seem to be the...
by Contagionist
May 04, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Cursory Analysis: Short Circuit
Replies: 4
Views: 3545

Re: Cursory Analysis: Short Circuit

It's been a while since I've seen the movie, but I think that Newton is the Change MC. I admit it's weird to have the MC's role minimized through most of the second act, but Stephanie seems more like a sidekick to me.
by Contagionist
May 03, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Query letters and Dramatica
Replies: 3
Views: 4117

Query letters and Dramatica

I was going through old forum posts yesterday (mainly since [sadly] this forum doesn't seem to be very active) and I came across the thread "What happens when stories get smaller?" ( http://forums.screenplay.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=22 ). There is something touched upon in this thread ...
by Contagionist
May 01, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Do consequences have to be bad? Can they change later?
Replies: 4
Views: 5285

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

Remember that the goal of Obtaining could mean gaining something or losing something. It's just a net change in things obtained.
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Contagonist: Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 3728

Re: Contagonist: Why?

Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit is trying to help her husband, but accidentally draws the suspicion of Eddie Valiant, deflecting him from the trail of the real killer. She deflects Roger by hitting him on the head with a frying pan, Dolores by making her jealous, and Judge Doom by her effo...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Plot sequence report / theme
Replies: 3
Views: 3754

Re: Plot sequence report / theme

Conditioning, according to Dramatica is mental conditioning, not physical. How about this? Mike hides his efforts to dig a tunnel (senses), but the guards are suspicious of him (instinct). What Mike can't hide he cleverly comes up with alternate explanations for (interpretations), which he feeds to ...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Approach
Replies: 10
Views: 8102

Re: Approach

I think it would be useful to have a forum in which each thread was analyzing a movie (or other story) with Dramatica. The movie analysis section on the website is great, but for most movies we just have the storyform and not the analysis process that lead to it. With an actual forum, not only would...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Interesting Limit Question: Wargames
Replies: 2
Views: 3558

Re: Interesting Limit Question: Wargames

The WOPR computer only tries to figure out the launch codes because it's trying to finish the game and no one else is playing (first Matthew Broderick's character, then NORAD, refuses to respond), so that's an optionlock as well. I'm thinking that within optionlocks there are "suboptionlocks&qu...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Tumblers Falling into Place
Replies: 2
Views: 4255

Re: Tumblers Falling into Place

It's a double-edged sword having definite ideas about your story when you start Dramatica. It helps you start filling in your storyform, but then when the system selects the optimal choices for the bits you have left, you can start asking yourself, "What kind of sense does that make?" when...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: OS Problem and Options
Replies: 2
Views: 3394

Re: OS Problem and Options

2. Ghostbusters ? They give Gozer a "cease and desist" order, they shoot at her, they try to deny the Destructor a form, they shoot at the Marshmallow Man, all in the last act, but the only option that will work is the one thing they should never do under any circumstances. I get the idea ...
by Contagionist
Apr 29, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Changing by deciding not to change?
Replies: 4
Views: 4147

Re: Changing by deciding not to change?

I am a viral deflector, like when your main character can't solve the story's problem because of an incredibly funny YouTube video. ;) I am starting to realize how my main character does in fact change. The issue isn't what the impact character is telling the main character to do. It's what the impa...
by Contagionist
Apr 26, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Changing by deciding not to change?
Replies: 4
Views: 4147

Changing by deciding not to change?

So, the setup is thus: main character meets impact character, tells main character to "change course," and the main character does early on, or at least tries. However, something is nagging the main character, like maybe his original course was the correct one. In the end, he goes back to ...

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