In 1949, the concept of the Heroes Journey was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. While this narrative pattern commonly appears in films, this outline can also be found in mythology, psychology and religion. Campbell’s outline involves 12 stages which takes a character from the ordinary world to the special world and back.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things, Hebrews 13:8.
The reason why people watch the same movies year after year is that the heroes journey enables individuals to identify with certain actors and actresses. As fictional characters reveal their flaws, imperfections and weaknesses, people can relate to similar trials in their own life. Subsequently, deep down inside viewers root for their favorites to reach to top of the mountain after facing adversity.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness, Romans 12:6-8.
For someone who struggled with stuttering the first 20 years of my life, I always knew what I wanted to say, but rarely expressed what was in my heart and mind. As an amateur screen writer, the Heroes Journey provides a valuable resource to make my aspirations come true. However, before I proceed, I must study these 12 stages like trying to ace a test. Once I fully grasp the Heroes Journey, I can begin to craft films that may one day end up on your favorites list. Until then, I need to keep plugging away with an unyielding resolve to make my dreams come true.
by Jay Mankus