The Hero?s Journey is THE screenwriting and story structure template. By utilising this structure, screenwriters can quickly build effective and quality stories. There are more than 188 stages to the Hero?s Journey.
Lets look at Gladiator (2000) ? an Academy Award winner Best Film (2000) with worldwide receipts of just under $187,000,000.
Gladiator (2000) Summary
Call to Adventure: Marcus Aurelius asks Maximus to give Rome back to the people.
Refusal of the Call: Maximus refuses ? he wishes to return home to his wife and child.
Supernatural Aid: Maximus asks advice from Cicero; he treasures the statuette (magical gift) during this stage of the journey. But the real mentor is Proximo, who is met during the stage of the Transformation /Road of Trials.
Crossing the First Threshold: Maximus is taken away to be murdered by the Roman soldiers; he travels home to find his wife and child murdered (NO Way Back).
Physical Separation from the Old World (Belly of the Whale): The slave caravan carries Maximus to the World of the Transformation.
Transformation (Road of Trials): Proximo forces Maximus to learn the art of the gladiator until he transforms to the leader and best of the best.
The Ideal, Seizing the Sword (Meeting with the Goddess): Proximo lures Maximus to Rome, where he will have a chance to confront Commodus.
Rebirth through Death (Woman as Temptress): Lucilla tempts Maximus to meet with Senator Graccus; Cicero and many of Maximus? gladiator allies die.
Atonement: Maximus and Commodus confront each other.
Apotheosis: Commodus is not a moral man ? he will use deceit to win.
Ultimate Boon: Maximus has a opportunity to fight Commodus in the arena.
Other stages to the journey include: Refusal of the Return, Magic Flight, Rescue from Without, Crossing the Return Threshold, Master of the Two Worlds, Freedom to Live.
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Kal Bishop, MBA
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Kal Bishop is a management consultant based in London, UK. His specialities include Knowledge Management and Creativity and Innovation Management. He has consulted in the visual media and software industries and for clients such as Toshiba and Transport for London. He has led Improv, creativity and innovation workshops, exhibited artwork in San Francisco, Los Angeles and London and written a number of screenplays. He is a passionate traveller. He can be reached at http://www.managing-creativity.com