During one of my Hero’s Journey classes a student asked if an archetype can be replaced, for instance by a series of events. Very good question. And yes, of course it’s possible. But… Why would you? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The whole idea behind The Hero’s Journey and the insight that most successful … Read more
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I was recently privileged to hear story guru Syd Field lecturing to a crowd of fellow filmmakers during his first trip to Sydney. He presented us with a theoretical discussion about modern technology, modern storytelling and our very modern brains. by Margaret M. MacDonald To sum up Syd’s point (which is not easy to do from a … Read more
The Hero’s Journey is the missing link between storytelling and the human condition. It explains why main characters in movies are flawed, why they go through particular stages, why we like a happy ending… and why movies that ignore all this, mostly fail.
In this video, Chris Vogler, the author of The Writer’s Journey, walks us through the twelve story stages while referring to The Matrix. Apologies for the poor picture quality (I had to aspect-ratio convert the original, which you can still watch on YouTube).