Monday, May 4, 2009

Write a Screenplay - Screenwriting - Watchmen (2009) by Kal Bishop

Watchmen (2009), is a classic Hero's Journey (Monomyth) story. Again, this demonstrates that a successful screenplay cannot be written without a deep understanding of this structure.

Some of the 510+ stage Hero's Journey stages follow:

Call to Adventure: Kovacs tries to convince Dreiberg to help find the assassin.

Refusal of the Call: Dreiberg and the others don't believe that an assassin is after the Watchmen and they don't want to go back to that Superhero life.

Supernatural Aid: Dr Manhattan

Crossing of the First Threshold: the memories induced by the burial/

Belly of the Whale: Laurie leaves Manhattan and moves in with Dreiberg. She's left the Old World and Self and is heading for the New.

Road of Trials: the hunt for some sort of truth

Seizing the Sword: Kovacs finds his Arch Enemy and forces the truth out of him etc...; Blake came to him before he died.

Near Death Experience and Rebirth: Kovac's recollection of the time he first committed murder: the child's death and his rebirth after that.

Atonement with the Father: Dreiberg can't get it up; the inner issue needs to be resolved.

Apotheosis: Dreiberg knows that the issues are resolved when they return to fighting crime in the Owl Ship.

Ultimate Boon: Laurie and Dreiberg use the Owl Ship to help fight crime.

Refusal of the Return: Kovacs fights his old foes in prison.

Rescue from Without: Laurie and Dreiberg rescue Kovacs.

Master of the Two Worlds: Manhattan kills Kovacs for the sake of world peace; doesn't mind taking the blame.

Freedom to Live: Laurie and Dreiberg together; Mrs Jupiter and Laurie work it out; Veidt is almost forgiven, Manhatten goes to another galaxy and perhaps will create some life.

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