Hello, all! I just created my account on here, so I hope we can have some good discussion. I’ve been picking up Dramatica for the past few months, and believe me, I’ve found it a total game-changer. I’m so excited to apply what I’ve learned to the stories I’ll write. I can even see it as applicable to real life! But anyways, on to my question.
One of the things I’ve found interesting in Dramatica’s theory are the Dynamic Story Points: Acts, Sequences, Scenes, and Events. The way Dramatica decides the order of the Acts is still a bit of a mystery to me, but I can understand, viscerally at least, how changing the order of the Acts can dramatically affect the overall feel of the story. However, what’s less clear to me is the way Sequences, Scenes, and Events work in a story. As a reminder, there are six Sequences in a story, representing the six combinations of Variations in the Concern: Issue vs. Counterpoint, Issue vs. Companion, Issue vs. Dependent, Counterpoint vs. Companion, Counterpoint vs. Dependent, and Companion vs. Dependent. Supposedly, every story will face these six comparisons before the end; however, I’ve never been able to effectively suss out which Sequence occurs when in a given movie or book. The only example on the site of a movie breakdown of the Sequences is of Witness, but I’ve never seen that movie, so that doesn’t help. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to do a Sequence breakdown like this, maybe using something I’m familiar with like Star Wars or Hamlet?
Scenes and Events are even less well represented in the Dramatica book. So in every Sequence, the story will go through all four Scenes (the Problem, the Solution, the Symptom, and the Response)? And even deeper in the fractal, each Scene will describe a Situation Event, an Activity Event, a Psychology Event, and a Fixed Attitude Event? I just can’t quite fathom how that all fits together. How long is an Event in a movie? Do Scenes ever bleed together? How does all of this work in Star Wars? (I know you can’t/don’t want to do a full 96-Event play-by-play of something, but even just a little bit could help me get the ball rolling.)
Thanks so much for any responses I get!