I don’t think we ever came to a final storyform on this one, did we? Anyway, something struck me the other day regarding domains and it definitely changes how I view it. I remember, at least at one point, arguing that the OS was in Psychology because Pamela’s behavior was the source of conflict for all. But I think I now have a good reason for switching the OS to Physics.
The Domain level is the story’s Purpose, or intended and desired result. What is the purpose, then, of the OS? Is it to change Pamela’s behavior? To maintain it? No, I don’t get that sense at all. The Purpose is to adapt a book into a screenplay. That is the intended result of everything that happens in the OS. And that is Physics. What’s interesting is how we clearly see Pamela’s behavior as part of this issue. Perhaps one could just argue that dealing with Pamela’s attitude is the conflict that’s being assigned to the physics of adapting a book, but I think the intention of the story is not to show us that adapting a book is the direct source of conflict, but that the relationship between adapting a book and the author being stubborn is the imbalance that generates conflict like an electric spark between them. That is also, then, an argument for a Holistic story.
What of the MC and IC domains, then? I vaguely remember arguments that Pamela didn’t want to sale her character. But that’s more related to desire than thought, isn’t it? And when we look at the Purpose of her story, do we get the sense that the intended result is to happily sale the character, or to maintain not wanting not to sale? Again, I don’t get that sense at all. Instead, I think the intended purpose has maybe more to do with what Pamela thinks of her father. She loves him and wants to honor him. I think the purpose of her MC story is for her to do that, or to maintain that attitude. I think that’s a much better fit for a Mind story.
What about the IC? Anyone have an idea about what the purpose would be? Looking at Walt as IC, I want to say that the perspective is looking at not having the rights to Mary Poppins as the state of things and the purpose is to change that state. Something along those lines. You have to be careful to think of the state of the rights, though, because it’s easy to start thinking about obtaining the rights, which would sound more like Physics.
And finally, I remember trying to point to Nonacceptance as the problem. But I think I had it backward. Just as the Domain level is Purpose, the Element level is Motivation, or drive. The OS characters aren’t driven by or to rejection. They’re driven toward getting Pamela’s acceptance. They’re driven by her lack of acceptance. Her lack of acceptance is what makes them mad and stresses them out. Getting her acceptance is why they change the ending and have the father mend the kite. And I think Pamela is personally driven by having final say over the script, the ability to accept or not accept.
And how, then, do you resolve a drive of acceptance? For one, you can stop refusing to sign the deal (or decrease the nonacceptance) and solve the overall problem. OR, if it’s a personal problem, you fly back to California, get yourself an invitation to the premiere, sit in front of the guy that made the movie, and tell him that you can’t abide cartoons (or that you reject/non accept the film).
With all that in place, if they don’t Learn (Goal) about who Pamela is, they can’t Conceive (Consequence) of how important Mary Poppins is to her. The price they pay is having Pamela present while writing the film (Cost), but at least they get her to consider signing over the rights to the character (Dividend).