Every Thursday we publish an analysis of a film focusing on the
Overall Story Throughlinethat includes everyone
Main Character Throughlinefocusing on the central character
Influence Character Throughlinefocusing on alternative approach
Relationship Story Throughlinethe relationship between Main and Influence
Assign each of these to an area of conflict known as a
Domain and you create a fully functional narrative. One rule--the Main Character and Influence Character Throughlines need to be diagonally across from each other, and the Overall Story and Relationship Story need to be across from each other.
Do this and you have yourself a great story.
Manchester By The Sea
Regardless of how tragic, a story connects to an Audience when it adequately covers the four major contexts of conflict.
Back to the Future
Father and son battle Libyan terrorists and greaser punks to find a way back to a brand new future.
A sad sack author takes road trip through Central California wine country with his womanizing best friend.
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A New Zealand spin on a familiar arrangement of Throughlines keeps this film fresh and charming.
Kramer vs. Kramer
Though typical in its arrangement, the Throughlines of this Academy Award-winning narrative still work together to seamlessly deliver the Author’s message.
A sophisticated story that uses all Four Throughlines to examine the fallout from ambition.
A bold and inventive take on the thematics experienced by all the characters in this story drives this film to stand out amongst its peers.
Up in the Air
The critical acclaim for this film rests in the sound narrative structure of its four Throughlines.
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