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by Mwoll
Dec 01, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Crucial Element not lining up
Replies: 1
Views: 2729

Crucial Element not lining up

I’m rewriting a project, and rebuilt the storyform in Dramatica. Now that I understand the theory better, I figured it would be good to start over. (Indeed, the storyform changed.) However, now that I understand the theory better, I finally understood the “Crucial Element”. Problem is, in none of my...
by Mwoll
Nov 30, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Newbie question about Players and Functions
Replies: 4
Views: 4357

Re: Newbie question about Players and Functions

The Jekell/Hyde example is specifically for functions that are directly opposing each other. Those can never be in the same player (character) at the same time. There is an analysis of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" with Dramatica -- that's only 4 characters. The Dramatica Book also talk...
by Mwoll
Nov 27, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Activity or Situation?
Replies: 4
Views: 4712

Re: Activity or Situation?

Wait... re: Alien, I just remembered that there is a crew member who knew about the alien -- the robot. I'm assuming he is the antagonist, since he's actually trying to keep the alien alive. Thinking of other disaster/monster movies: Halloween... is Mike Meyers the protagonist? He is the one moving ...
by Mwoll
Nov 25, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Activity or Situation?
Replies: 4
Views: 4712

Re: Activity or Situation?

Since we're on Alien... Is the Antagonist the Alien itself? That's sort of a general question for all monster movies. Actually, it's a general question about all disaster movies, too. Is the volcano the antagonist in a movie like "Dante's Inferno", or the "calendar" the antagonis...
by Mwoll
Nov 24, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Sign-posts/Non-linear story
Replies: 4
Views: 4872

Re: Sign-posts/Non-linear story

Thanks for the clarification!
by Mwoll
Nov 23, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Sign-posts/Non-linear story
Replies: 4
Views: 4872

Re: Sign-posts/Non-linear story

Hmmm. I think I see what you're getting at, but let me ask it a different way. Let's say that the storyform of Story X indicates that the order one should proceed through a certain throughline is "The Past -- How things are Changing -- The Present -- The Future" (My apologies if that's not...
by Mwoll
Nov 23, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: The Blind Side Storyform (light spoilers)
Replies: 1
Views: 4715

The Blind Side Storyform (light spoilers)

I saw The Blind Side this weekend, and am thinking about the possible storyform. If you (anybody) have seen it, I would love your input. OS Throughline: Activity: Everybody is trying to improve the lot of Big Mike or their lot. [Big Tony takes him to school, the teachers are trying to teach him acad...
by Mwoll
Nov 19, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Activity or Situation?
Replies: 4
Views: 4712

Activity or Situation?

I've been trying to dissect movies to look for their storyforms, and I realize I'm having difficulty deciding if things are Activities or Situations. And it feels like it should be obvious. Alien: Situation (OS): They're on a space ship. Activity: Responding to distress signal and dealing with the A...
by Mwoll
Nov 19, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Dramatica and editing documentary
Replies: 7
Views: 7066

Re: Dramatica and editing documentary

Should I thank the spammer for bringing this post up to the top? Interesting.
by Mwoll
Nov 19, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Sign-posts/Non-linear story
Replies: 4
Views: 4872

Sign-posts/Non-linear story

If a story is told out of order (like Pulp Fiction), are the signposts also jumbled, or do they occur in the same order as the storyform?

Thanks!
by Mwoll
Nov 16, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Question about updates
Replies: 8
Views: 6370

Re: Question about updates

Do you want suggestions for 5.0?

I'm a mac user and there are a few things that seem hinky to me, like maybe it's developed on a PC, and then re-programmed for a Mac.
by Mwoll
Nov 12, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Basic OS Concern Question
Replies: 5
Views: 4514

Re: Basic OS Concern Question

I just discovered the Podcasts -- very cool. Listening to Kung Fu Panda made me realize that the OS story isn't supposed to be a "Situation" after all -- but an "Activity." Man, did that podcast help! In general, it was really informative to hear things gone through piece by piec...
by Mwoll
Nov 05, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Need help building the whistleblower MC character
Replies: 3
Views: 3788

Re: Need help building the whistleblower MC character

Susan,

Don't you mean "creating the Dramatica community"? :)

MWoll
by Mwoll
Oct 29, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Basic OS Concern Question
Replies: 5
Views: 4514

Re: Basic OS Concern Question

Aha, perfect timing with your great answer -- because I have a direct follow-up. I've done more work on the story, and Future is the right way for me to go. We'll stick with your example: FUTURE: A band of humans, captured by an alien race that has destroyed Earth, must find a way to keep the human ...
by Mwoll
Oct 28, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Who gets the sidekick?
Replies: 2
Views: 3182

Re: Who gets the sidekick?

Okay. That's what I figured, but it was nice to have it confirmed.
by Mwoll
Oct 28, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Story Form - How do I find out which one was selected?
Replies: 7
Views: 6602

Re: Story Form - How do I find out which one was selected?

Thanks Graham, that's a good idea.
by Mwoll
Oct 28, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Who gets the sidekick?
Replies: 2
Views: 3182

Who gets the sidekick?

Page 31 of the Dramatica Book, we read: "The Sidekick is the faithful supporter. Usually, a Sidekick is attached to the Protagonist. Sometimes, however, they may be supporters of the Antagonist. This gives a good clue to the way Dramatica sees Overall Story Characters: The purpose of the Sideki...
by Mwoll
Oct 28, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Story Form - How do I find out which one was selected?
Replies: 7
Views: 6602

Re: Story Form - How do I find out which one was selected?

As a new user myself, I had trouble with this. I wish there were some way to compare them side by side, but alas...
by Mwoll
Oct 28, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Main Character for ensemble cast T. V.
Replies: 5
Views: 4827

Re: Main Character for ensemble cast T. V.

My understanding is that there can be several main characters -- they are main characters in their own stories. I've never seen Southland, but since most TV shows have A, B, and C storylines, I'm assuming there can be three main characters confined to their own threads. Going back to ER (a show from...
by Mwoll
Oct 23, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Basic OS Concern Question
Replies: 5
Views: 4514

Re: Basic OS Concern Question

I've read through more of the questions posted in the forum. I'm in good company!

What I've gleaned is this: any of the concerns is valid. It depends on how I want to do it.

I guess that means I've got to figure it out...

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