What about this as a storyform for My Cousin Vinny. I haven’t run this through Dramatica yet. I’ve just done the upper level calculations in my head. By the way, the ending credits song, Bible Belt, beautifully mentions some of these points. Interesting for a movie released in 1992.
Change Character: He finally lets opens himself up to Lisa’s help.
Start Character: He must begin to allow Lisa to help him in the case. This ultimately helps to win the entire case.
Linear Problem Solver: At one point, he explains to Lisa why it’s important to study procedure. He makes the comparison to fixing a car. If you do something out of order and something doesn’t work, then you are screwed. During trial, when questioning Mr. Tipton, he brings up the time taken to cook grits. He could not have finished any time sooner.
Concern: He wants Closure for his training as a lawyer. He wants to be recognized as a legitimate litigator.
Steadfast Character: She repeatedly asks him how she can support him in his efforts.
Concern: She wants a future with Vinny, but she’s seeing time go by without hope for a family.
Problem: She wants Vinny to feel as much as she does about them as a couple.
Symptom?: Lisa’s physical beauty is a tempting distraction for Vinny from this critical life-altering case.
Concern: Both Vinny and the prosecutor respectively want to obtain a victory in the case. Vinny wants the money owed to him from the resident jerks who stiffed Lisa.
Issue: Characters are concerned about their approaches to proving whether or not the two suspects are guilty.
Problem: The two suspects are considered to be guilty, even assumed to be in the case of some in the Alabama prison system.
Solution: The jury, when exposed to new evidence, reconsiders the notion of the two suspects being guilty.
Limit: Option lock. Not sure about this. Perhaps the pieces of evidence being interpreted in favor of the prosecution or defense… the tire tracks, photographs, grits preparation time. Perhaps it’s the different stages of the trial.
Driver: Action. The two boys become arrested. One of them, Bill, calls Vinny to be their lawyer.
Decision. Bill decides he wants Vinny as their lawyer rather than the court appointed defender. The jury decides in favor of the defendants.
Success Story: Vinny wins the case.
Judgment: Good. Vinny has become recognized as an accomplished litigator in his own right. Lisa sees a future with him now.
Goal: Obtain victory in the case.
Consequence: The two defendants, Bill and Stan, will become dead if they don’t win. Perhaps there’s an implication of Vinny becoming in trouble with the law for impersonating an accomplished lawyer.
Requirements: Vinny must do several activities, such as interviewing witnesses, schmoozing with the prosecutor, ordering in the diner where he learns about southern grits preparation, etc.
Antagonist: Prosecutor Jim Trotter
Guardian: Lisa providing help to Vinny (i.e. getting his suit cleaned, reading legal books)
Contagonist: Judge Haller providing undue hardship on Vinny to prove his credentials
Faith: Vinny’s young cousin, Bill, who is a suspect. He tells Stan Rothenstein why Vinny is the best hope for them. Vinny had been to a magic show and consistently caught the secrets of the tricks.
Disbelief: Stan Rothenstein who is also one of the two suspects. He’s paired up with Vinny’s cousin… as the Dramatica chart is inclined to pair opposite character functions. Rothenstein points out Vinny’s shortcomings. He didn’t even question the witnesses. Rothenstein pushes for a court appointed attorney instead.