Thursday 15 August 2013

The Hero's Journey

A movie is structure. ~Richard Brooks

Screenplays are structure, and that’s all they are. ~William Goldman

Screenplays are structure, the greatest ‘idea’ in the world is not enough to produce a satisfying film. ~Peter Jackson

Screenplays are structured stories, pure and simple. ~Christopher Boone

A screenplay is a story told with pictures, in dialogue and description, and placed within the context of dramatic structure. ~Syd Field

Screenwriting is all about structure (and other things). There are several major theories about structure, one of the more famous is "The Hero's Journey." You can learn about it by reading Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, or Christopher Vogler's book The Writers Journey

Or, you can learn about "The Hero’s Journey" from puppets, by watching this Glove and Boots video. (And find out why recent Adam Sandler films sucked at the same time. Bonus.)

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