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Read This Article If You Want To Stop Wars


Do you want to stop wars? Wars are a terrible tragedy of the human race. It is so unfortunate that we kill our own species on such a massive scale, as if we did not have anything else to worry about. The human race lives on the surface of the planet and we deal with all sorts of events from Mother Nature; Diseases, Extreme Weather, Floods and Earthquakes and as if all that were not enough; we build guns, tanks, aircraft and bombs to kill each other?

Too bad really, although only one percent of all the people who have lived during recorded and available written history have died in a war, that does not make is any more sane. Indeed, some could say war is completely insane and it ought to stop. Surely it should. Although war is and has been labeled a weapon of political will, when negotiation cannot be reached and an impasse has occurred, when there appears to be no other option or one side bluffs to hard, we send our young men to slaughter the enemy. Indeed often enough we lose a few of our own, sometimes thousands and no war is not pretty and yes, it does suck you are right.

One way we can all prevent wars is to disallow a few people to get in the way and cause a culture clash. For instance the radicalists of the International Terrorism prevent the reaching out and joining hands to make the world a great place for all. Think on it.
 
 
Screenwriting International: Hero's Journey and the Inner Cave


The Hero's Journey is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters:

The Hero's Journey:

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

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

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

The Hero's Journey is also a study of repeating patterns in successful stories and screenplays. It is compelling that screenwriters have a higher probability of producing quality work when they mirror the recurring patterns found in successful screenplays.

The Hero's Journey is also a study of conventions. Before screenwriters can decide whether to accept or reject the conventions, they must appreciate their purpose and value.

Consider this:

Titanic (1997) grossed over $600,000,000 uses the Hero's Journey as a template.

Star Wars (1977) grossed over $460,000,000 - uses the Hero's Journey as a template.

Shrek 2 (2004) grossed over $436,000,000 - uses the Hero's Journey as a template.

ET (1982) grossed over $434,000,000 - uses the Hero's Journey as a template.

Spiderman (2002) grossed over $432,000,000 - uses the Hero's Journey as a template.

Out of Africa (1985), Terms of Endearment (1983), Dances with Wolves (1990), Gladiator (2000) All Academy Award Winners Best Film are based on the Hero's Journey.

Anti-hero stories (Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) etc) are all based on the Hero's Journey.

Heroines Journey stories (Million Dollar Baby (2004), Out of Africa (1980) etc) are all based on the Hero's Journey.

Hero's Journey and the Inner Cave

The Inner Cave appears in at least two separate and distinct phases. The first is as part of the First Threshold and the second as part of the Seizing of the Sword - normally the location of the Sword.

There are distinct commonalities between both.

There is a Threshold Guardian that blocks entry to the Inner Cave.

There is an authoritarian figure that explains the new rules of the Inner Cave.

The Inner Cave is part of a New World that the hero enters into.

Both often involve near death experiences and a rebirth.

Both are located "in the depths," which can be translated literarily, metaphorically or symbolically.

For example, In Gladiator (2000), during each Inner Cave sequence, Maximus is imprisoned and held underground. In Star Wars (1977), Luke "descends" into a "cave" when he meets Han Solo and when he rescues Leia.

Learn more

The Complete 188 stage Heros Journey and FREE 17 stage sample and other story structure templates can be found at http://managing-creativity.com/

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Kal Bishop, MBA

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