I've been using Dramatica for many, many years. I find it is like an onion where I've never mastered it all, and keep going deeper to understand the theory.
I'm working on another story now, trying to upgrade my understanding of Story according to Dramatica. And I realized that I've been approaching the four throughlines in the same way. I'm wondering if the Domain is more of how to approach the TYPE of activity that happens.
For this story,
Activity domain is Influence Character
Situation is Relationship
Manipulation is Main Character and
Fixed Attitude is Overall Story
So what I'm wondering is if all the ACTION is supposed to happen just with regard to the Influence character, if the MANIPULATIONS happen only with regard to the Main Character's scenes, the (fatalistic?) SITUATIONAL issues are only how the MC and IC conflict over approach and FIXED ATTITUDE (thought, theory, ideas) are the Overall Story.
In other words, the big actions are only with regard to the IC.
The thoughtful, idea-theme scenes are only with regard to the OS
The break-free of situation are in RS and
The mental-manipulations are the MC.
In other words, I'm asking what DOMAIN means practically for the story. I'm getting bogged down in making things happen to go along with the smaller categories. This ends up with a lot of dialogue and manipulations without bigger whole-body activities, shifting from place to place or changing the environment in big ways, which is what ACTIVITY seems to imply.
I'm wondering if I should rather considering the bigger TYPE of scene.
For example, in the different Avengers movies we have the Natasha/Hawkeye scene and we have the Loki/Coulson scene. Loki and Thor have a certain tete-a-tete and versus Loki and Hulk. Some are interpersonal and some are physical.
Is this what Activity domain means, and need it be restricted to the throughline that it represents?