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The Director's Chair Issue #76 – June 19, 2007 (The Hero's Journey-106 Stages)

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June 19, 2007                  Scene 8 – Take 4

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1. Introduction
2. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
3. A Truly Inspirational Moment
4. Want Some Help Finding Film/TV Work?
5. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
6. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
7. Subscriber Links of Interest
8. Feature Article – The Hero’s Journey (106 Stages)
9. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals
10. Filmmaking Workshops
11. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
12. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
13. Copyright Information


Welcome to Issue #76 of The Director’s Chair (June 19/07)


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2) FEATURE ARTICLE – This month’s Feature Article is called
“The Hero’s Journey (Complete, 106 Stages)” by Kal Bishop.
The Hero’s Journey is the most usable story structure
consisting of at least 106 stages and the template for
successful contemporary stories, from Star Wars to Scarface
to The Incredibles to War of the Worlds to The Dirty Dozen
to Midnight Cowboy. (see below to read article…)

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If you want to witness an incredible human drama that will
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5. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar

Filmmaking is a universal language, and no matter where we
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8. FEATURE ARTICLE – Hero’s Journey (Complete, 106 Stages)

“The Hero’s Journey (Complete, 106 Stages)” by Kal Bishop.

Beyond three and four act story structure, lies the Hero’s

The Hero’s Journey is the most usable story structure
consisting of at least 106 stages and the template for
successful contemporary stories, from Star Wars to Al Pacino
Scarface to The Incredibles to War of the Worlds to The
Dirty Dozen to Midnight Cowboy.

The Hero’s Journey is a valuable template because:

a. It attempts to tap into unconscious expectations the
audience has regarding what a story is and how it should be

b. It gives the writer more structural elements than simply
three or four acts, plot points, mid point and so on.

c. Interpreted metaphorically and symbolically, it allows an
infinite number of varied stories to be created.

One (usually critical) stage of the journey is the
Supernatural Aid.

The Supernatural Aid encompasses the Meeting with a Mentor
as well as the receiving of Magical Potions or Gifts.
Writers often mistakenly believe that this is a
straightforward affair.

Often the Hero has left his Ordinary World knowing that he
has broken an Interdiction. As such, it is not unusual to
find that the Journey to the Mentor takes place at night and
in haste.

Even though the Hero may want to embark on the adventure, it
is not unusual that there is resistance to it (expanded upon
in the Refusal). Therefore, the Hero is often pulled into
the adventure. The Pull can be the result of a number of
factors – a death, an event, the lead of an ally and so on.

The Hero will know that the Journey to the Mentor is
dangerous and will be wary. There may be natural or man-made
obstacles and dangers. Thus this is also a reason for haste.

The Hero may undergo a near death experience on the way, and
may be saved by the Mentor – who may use his own magical
powers. This demonstrates the superior nature of the Mentor
and the status relationship between them.

The Mentor will seem to know the Hero, as if privy to some

Wary of danger, the Mentor will take the Hero to a Safe
Place, where a meeting between then will take place. This is
a Sacred Meeting and others will recognise this and make
themselves absent.

The Hero will relate the Call to Adventure and the Mentor
will intuitively understand it (and may have had previous
experience of it) and likely encourage the Hero to embark on

The Mentor will be familiar with the Hero’s history and
relate it to him, which up to now has been a mystery to him.
It will seem as if the Hero is destined for the adventure
and following in the footsteps of ancestors or blood

The Mentor will provide Magical Potions, Gifts and Spiritual
Guidance to aid the Hero on his adventure. These will have
limitations – he will be warned not to misuse them.

There is much more…

The 106 stage Hero’s Journey and other story structure
templates can be found at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR –  Kal Bishop is a management consultant
based in London, UK. 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 on

9. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals

1) Film & Screenplay Competition & Festival for Students
ages 8-18.

The International Family Film Festival is presenting the
FreshiFilm Camp and FreshiFilm and Screenplay Festival this

Students will learn digital filmmaking, from creating the
storyboard to the finished film in the five days. They will
also learn stunts, stage make-up, editing, animation, and
other production skills.

For more information about the camp & festival, contact:

2) The Film Reference Library (Canada)

The Film Reference Library (FRL) is the ultimate resource
for filmmakers, students, researchers, screenwriters and
film and television professionals.

The Film Reference Library, with more than 17,000 book
titles and 60,000 film files, holds the world’s most
extensive English language collection of Canadian
film-related material plus the unique archival collections
of Canada’s most esteemed filmmakers.


3) IndieTalk – A Filmmaking Forum & Discussion and Resources
for Independent Filmmakers


4) Guide to (Video) Camera Formats

Digital Filmmaking Blog – Your guide to the world of digital
filmmaking. Choosing the right camera, filming techniques,
film training and film courses – all this and more…


5) Moving Image Archive

The Archive’s Moving Images Collection contains thousands of
videos which range from classic full-length movies, to daily
alternative news broadcasts, to user-uploaded videos of
every genre.


10. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall

I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
33 years – as a Film Director, Television Producer, First
Assistant Director and Series Creative Consultant. I’ve been
asked many times to share my Film and TV production
knowledge with others. As a result, I developed several
workshops that I have successfully presented over the past
15 years.

To find out more about these workshops, just click on the
link below. If you are interested in any of these four
workshops for yourself or your organization, please contact
me to discuss how we can bring these workshops to you.


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