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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

188+ Stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth, Screenwriting) - Call of the Woodsman


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

Understanding this template is a precedence for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to win in the craft.

[The terminology 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)].



a) Attempts to tap into unconscious outlooks the audience have regarding what a story is and how it should be told.

b) Gives the author more structural elements than simply three or four acts, secret plan points, mid point and so on.

c) Gives you a tangible procedure for edifice and releasing disagreement (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Tells you what to write. For example, at a certain stage of the story, the focusing should be on the Call to Adventure and the micro elements within.


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*****Call of the Woodsman*****

When the Hero is engaged in the Fiddling Task, he or she is distracted and attracted by a force, which cannot be resisted. This pullings the Hero off the Normal Path. Knowing that veering off the Way is dangerous and that there have got been warnings against it, this stage of the Journey frequently involves:

Haste. The Hero moves toward the Call hastily.

Stealth. The Hero moves toward the Call stealthily.

Dead of Night. The Hero moves toward the Call in the dead of night. In The Incredibles (2004), Mister Incredible visits Edna in secrecy.

*****Inner Challenge / Inner Cave*****

It is in the Inner Cave of the First Threshold that the Inner Challenges is most often made explicit. In Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Clyde pretends to snore in bed; Bonnie desires sex.

*****Freedom to Live*****

Part of the Freedom to Dwell is an expression of the Elixir. In Brokeback Mountain (2005), Ennis maintains the shirt in the closet, by the photo.

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