Monday, July 30, 2007

188+ Stages of the Hero's Journey (Monomyth, Screenwriting) - Backstory Basics


The 188 phase Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the templet upon which the huge bulk of successful narratives and Film Industry blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the 100s of Film Industry movies we have got deconstructed (see uniform resource locator below) are based on this 188+ phase template.

Understanding this templet is a precedence for narrative or screenwriters. This is the templet you must get the hang if you are to win in the craft.

[The nomenclature is most often metaphorical and uses to all successful narratives and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hallway (1977) to Godhead of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].


THE 188 phase HERO'S journey affects a figure of major phases, including:

a) The reaching from Another World into an Ordinary World.

b) The Ordinary Self, that have come up about as a consequence of being in the Ordinary World.

c) The encouragement from the Ordinary World into a New World.

d) The gradual dissolving of the Old Self.

e) The becoming of the New Self.

f) The thrusting away from the New Self and New World.

g) The confrontation with challenges.

h) The mastering of the Old and New Worlds and Selves.


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The Hero embarks on the Journey and Transformation, not to derive a capacity, illumination, powerfulness or balance, but to recover it. It is not the attainment of a capacity that assists the Hero suppress his (or her) challenges but the reattainment of it. The backstory should be viewed as the minute when that capacity was lost and everything that have occurred since then.

Looking at it another way, the Hero's backstory goes around around that point when his (or her) challenges were born and everything since and up to the present moment.

This is an incredibly utile fact, as it gives you an contiguous and story-relevant manage on the Hero's past and character. This states you what is lacking and what way you necessitate to force your narrative in order to rectify it. In City Slickers (1991), Mitch have lost his smile. The narrative is all about getting his smiling back.

In Silence of the Lambs (1991), Clarice declaims her backstory to Lecter - it is the minute when her interior challenges were born / her balance was lost (the narrative about the lamb).

In Midnight Cowboy (1969), Joe Vaulting Horse have flashbacks in the bus. We larn his backstory - assorted minutes when his interior challenges were born / balance was lost (he is abused and his girlfriend is raped).

In An Military Officer and a Gentleman (1983), Zach have flashbacks in the bathroom. We larn his backstory - assorted minutes when his challenges were born / balance was lost (his female parent perpetrates self-destruction and his father is disinterested in him).

Post the point of imbalance, every great Hero undergoes a similar experience, which includes a time period of obscureness and the presentation of an extraordinary capacity for survival.

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