Video: Chris Vogler and The Matrix

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).

With thanks to Louise Lee Mei and Niels Abercrombie.

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