While working as a story consultant for Disney in the mid-eighties, Christopher Vogler wrote a seven-page memo intended to help screenwriters develop heroes for Disney movies. He based his analysis on Joseph Campbell’s work and titled the memo “A Practical Guide to The Hero With a Thousand Faces.” Later he turned this effort into a book, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers (ISBN 978-1-932907-36-0), which is widely regarded as a must-have reference for all fiction writers. He currently works as a Hollywood development executive as the President of the company, Storytech Literary Consulting, and teaches his techniques all over the world in leading Masterclasses.
|Found at http://dramatica.com/articles/how-and-why-dramatica-is-different-from-six-other-story-paradigms|
In Vogler’s Hero's journey, the stages are as follows:
- Ordinary World - Vogler starts story with a view of everyday life before the adventure.
- Call to Adventure - This is the hook.
- Refusal of the Call - The hero should resist change at first.
- Meeting with the Mentor- Hero stories always have someone who shows the way. This is where the hero gets the knowledge, confidence and special weapons needed to win.
- Crossing the Threshold into the Special World - This is the Trigger/start of the Adventure where the hero overcomes his reluctance.
- Tests, Allies and Enemies - Crisis and Struggle
- Approach to the Innermost Cave - This is Vogler’s Epiphany.
- The Ordeal with Death and Rebirth - This is Vogler’s Plan and the Climax.
- Reward - The hero achieves a reward for surviving death.
- The Road Back - This is Vogler’s ending, everything that happens after the climax.
- The Resurrection - The hero has changed as a result of his adventure.
- Return with the Elixir - Happy ending.
In my next post I’ll put the two approaches together for a comprehensive approach to developing the character arc of a hero.
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