The 510+ stage Hero's Journey is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon - understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters.
The Hero's Journey:
* Attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be told.
* Gives the writer more structural elements than simply three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.
* Interpreted metaphorically, laterally and symbolically, allows an infinite number of varied stories to be created.
The Hero's Journey is also a study of repeating patterns in successful stories and screenplays. It is compelling that screenwriters have a higher probability of producing quality work when they mirror the recurring patterns found in successful screenplays.
By following the path of the 510+ stage Hero's Journey, the screenwriter can easily construct a step-outline and a treatment (a treatment is an expanded step-outline).
There is a basic outline, which includes:
Call to Adventure. Introducing the hero's status, capabilities, nature, ordinary world, inner challenge, outer challenge, romantic challenge, the antagonism and more.
Refusal of the Call. On many levels the call is refused, including the interdictor, doves and hawks, punishments and more.
Supernatural Aid. A mentor is sought to provide advice, guidance, direction, magical gifts and more.
First Threshold. Has many functions including No Return, meeting of allies, a shape shifter, back-stories and more.
Physical Separation. Also known as the Belly of the Whale. Includes resistances, obstacles, encouragements and conscious decision towards the transformation.
Transformation. Also known as The Road of Trials. Transformation can include growing, learning, maturing or similar.
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