Does the story concept possess . .
- at least one hero, i.e., a main character, who is on screen most of the time, whose visible
motivation drives the plot, and with whom the audience is deeply involved?
- the likelihood of identification between the audience and the hero?
- a clear, specific, visible motivation or objective which the hero hopes to achieve by the end
of the story?
- serious challenges, hurdles, and obstacles preventing the hero from pursuing his motivation?
- the need for the hero to muster physical or emotional courage?
If an adaptation of a true story, novel, short story, or play, will it . .
- be truer to the screenplay than to the original source?
- consolidate or amplify certain characters and situations when it increases the emotional
impact of the story and doesn't sacrifice the overall authenticity and spirit of the original event?
- have a style, mood, texture, and structure all its own or will it suffer from the qualities of
great literature, e.g., lots of interior thoughts, feelings, and descriptions; an expansive,
convoluted plot; and an abundance of symbol and allegory?