Friday, August 10, 2007

Hero's Journey (188 Stage) - Situational and Structural Storytelling - Ordinary Self


Kal Bashir's 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 acquire 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)].



It's important to get away from this thought that all narratives are different.

On a situational degree all narratives are. For example, Gladiator (2000), Alien (1979) and The Godfather (1972) all are situationally very different.

But on a structural and subconscious mind level, they're all the same.

And I don't intend basic structure, like three enactment construction (of course of study narratives have got a beginning, center and end). And I don't intend secret plan points etc either (Plot Point 1 and 2, Center etc).

I mean, sequence by sequence, the huge bulk of successful narratives [we haven't set up one that doesn't] follow the same procedure that forces the Hero and Major Characters through the procedure of Transformation and Challenge Resolution.

What this agency is that you, as a writer, must confidently understand this construction (Kal Bashir's 188+ phase Hero's Journey), usage it to establish your structural lineation and then superimpose your state of affairs over it.


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EXILE, ordinary world AND ordinary SELF

It is common to do expressed the Ordinary World. This is a benchmark of the physical journey. It is the start point against which the end point will be measured. The Hero will eventually go back to this (In Godhead of the Rings (2004), Frodo tax tax returns to the Shire) or move away from it (In Alien (1979), Ripley never again returns to that human race she knew, in which the Alien is not present).

It is also common to do expressed the Ordinary Self. This is a benchmark of the psychological journeying - the Transformation. Again, it is the psychological start point against which the end psychological state will be measured - the motion from the Ordinary Self to the New Self. For example, in Annie Hallway (1977), Annie moves from diffident and dependent in New House Of York to confident and independent in Los Angeles.

It is also common simply to push the Hero into a New World (Platoon (Academy Award Best Film, 1986); Dead Poets Society (Academy Award Campaigner Best Film, 1989)), where the difference between the Hero's Old and New Worlds and Old and New Selves are made expressed or referred to. Terminology such as as "Fish out of Water" and "Newbie" are usual.

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