I rewatched The Hunt for Red October last night with an eye to trying to figure out its storyform. Here's what I came up with:
MC: Jack Ryan, an analyst in the CIA
Resolve: Steadfast - he never doubts that Ramius plans to defect (although he wishes at times he would have just "put it in a memo")
Jack is a Do-er - he gets on a plane even though he hates it, he puts his life on the line to help Ramius numerous times, even though he met the man only once at a dinner.
I'm not sure about his PS style, but since this is an action movie I'm guessing Logical.
Judgment: Good - Jack overcomes his fear of flying, which was his biggest personal problem.
IC: There are several, but the one who changes the most would be Bart Mancuso, the submarine captain, who goes from serious skepticism to giving Ramius his weapon!
OS Throughline: Situation - a man has taken a nuclear submarine without authorization, and his motivation is unclear
Concern: probably The Present - will Ramius blow up the US and start WWIII?
I'm liking Attempt as the Issue:
* Jack is attempting to do something no one thinks he can.
* Ramius is doing the same.
* Jonesy (the radarman) attempts to find a sub that no one is sure is even there, even when being mocked for trying.
* The Soviets are trying desperately to find and kill Ramius yet not sure they can either.
* Ramius trying to keep the Red October away from the Soviets
* The US trying to keep the Soviets away from a juicy opportunity
Not sure about how the IC and MC fit into this. Maybe each is trying to get the other to quit interfering in what they're trying to do ... Mancuso wants this crazy guy off his boat, where Ryan wants to save Ramius from the Soviets
That would put the Consequence as Contemplation, which makes sense.
MC Throughline: Activitiy - duh, action movie
MC Problem: Nonacceptance - Ryan can't accept that Ramius would take the Red October for any other reason but to defect
MC Issue: Preconditions - Ryan's got this in spades - everyone is trying to tell him what he can and can't do, down to the snippy guy upset with how he's dressed
I find it interesting that the story engine is giving me a Critical Flaw of Attraction. Could Ryan's empathy with Ramius risk taking him too far, so far that he actually doesn't succeed? I didn't see that in the film, but this is something worth thinking about. What other ways could Attraction cause his downfall? I suppose if Ramius wasn't as brilliant a man as Ryan thought, following his apparently suicidal commands could have gotten them into a heap of trouble.
Anyway, this is what I came up with. Thoughts?