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Plot Sequence Materials Report

Posted: Oct 13, 2012 8:44 am
by Clint541963
Dramatica for Screenwriters Plot Sequence Materials Report:
as well as the Plot Sequence Report (under Dramatica Advanced Reports):
I know this has come up before but I am now at a point where I am ready to understand the answer. In these two Plot Sequence reports e.g.

"OS Signpost 1 Title:
OS Signpost 1, Scene 1: Conceiving an Idea as it relates to Instinct:
OS Signpost 1, Scene 2: Conceiving an Idea as it relates to Senses:
OS Signpost 1, Scene 3: Conceiving an Idea as it relates to Interpretation:
OS Signpost 1, Scene 4: Conceiving an Idea as it relates to Conditioning: "
"In act one, "coming up with an idea" (Conceiving an Idea) is explored in terms of Instinct, Senses, Interpretation, and Conditioning."

So here is my question. Conceiving an Idea is under Manipulation (a manner of thinking) but the Variations listed are all Variations under Understanding in Activity. What is going on here? Is it that this is the inequity created by the problem? And if so, why are they not moved around in the Theme Browser after I come down to one story form? When we are analyzing or creating a story form we are using the Variations that are actually under each Type.

I will appreciate any insight or direction as to where I can find the answer.

Re: Plot Sequence Materials Report

Posted: Oct 13, 2012 1:28 pm
by Clint541963
I found the link above as an answer to my question. (I need to learn not to shoot first and find answers later) but it raises the question: If the Plot Sequence report is a view from the messed up world inside your story then how would that work for your Overall Story since by its very nature it is viewed from the Objective POV or Outside your story?

Would it be like this?:
I'm the general on the hill observing the Overall Story from the hill above. I have the battle plans so I see the Overall story as it should be balanced and all things in order but what I actually see on the battle field is the problematic battle. I see the story out of balance and twisted and out of order.

Re: Plot Sequence Materials Report

Posted: Oct 14, 2012 6:53 pm
by Clint541963
…or would it be more like the players in the overall story see/feel/experience things as the Plot Sequence's lay them out but the General on the Hill sees the story happening as it it laid out on the Theme Browser single story form?

Samuel Clinton Potter

Re: Plot Sequence Materials Report

Posted: Oct 18, 2012 9:37 am
by Chris Huntley
Actually, the Author's view of the Overall Story throughline is that he sees the general on the hill and everything happening below him from an objective perspective. The audience can share that perspective when the author wishes, or the author can throw the audience's perspective smack dab in the middle of the scenario while still showing them the OS throughline.

The Plot Sequence Report (PSR) shows the world as if you are a participant without an objective viewpoint. Everything is colored by the distortions of the inequity. It is a great way to get a feel for what the story is like from an audience's perspective as the develops. After the story is over, an audience can decode, unweave, and detach its own biases brought to the story to get back to "objective" reality -- as shown by the Dramatica structural model at rest; the version in the Theme Browser.

Re: Plot Sequence Materials Report

Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:16 pm
by Clint541963
How cool is that?!
(is that too reductive of a reply?)
but honestly, what else can I say?

now I have a practical Dramatica question regarding writing from Dramatica but I'll start another thread.