Do you have a story to tell? New ideas, even great ones, seldom rise to the level of consciousness fully formed. They often begin as a jumble of thoughts, impressions, feelings, and images that can be as confusing and contradictory as they are inspiring and compelling. To help you make sense of your inspiration and get it on the page, TheFilmSchool is offering Mything Link: Keys to Successful Story.
Mything Link connects your story with the told and retold stories that reflect the basic emotional fabric of humanity. In myths, fairy tales, and all enduring stories, we see the forces underlying human activity at work and the everlasting structure called the Hero’s Journey.
THE HERO’S JOURNEY
In this primitive diagram of the Hero’s Journey, you’ll notice the term “Ordinary World.” In the language of the Hero’s Journey, “ordinary” does not mean ho-hum. It means the day-to-day world the Hero finds him/her-self in. In WALL-E, the Ordinary World is an Earth that is one large garbage dump where nothing alive remains. Often in fairy tales, the Ordinary World is one of naivety and hardship; e.g. Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Handless Maiden. What is the Ordinary World in your story? What is the landscape of your hero’s Ordinary World socially, psychologically, and geographically?
In Mything Link: Keys to Successful Story, you will see how the Ordinary World differs from the Special World in myth and fairy tale. You will also learn the individual elements of the Hero’s Journey, what they look like on the screen and how to apply them. With examples as diverse as WALL-E to MATRIX, we look at blockbuster films that employ this well-known form.
The story you writers tell is uniquely your own. If you do not follow that call to write your unique version of a story, a vacuum will have been created because that gap cannot be filled by any other. To help you get your inspiration into a well thought out good story told well, access the keys offered by myths and fairy tales, just as great story machines like Pixar do. Find the everlasting reiteration of unchanging principles and events inflected in your particular and unique way.