This is another example of a movie with multiple heroes and story arcs.

  1. Compare all hero-arcs in the story: Minnie, Skeeter and Abiline. Describe in full their confort zones, their expulsion from it, their missions, obstacles, inmost caves, Shadows (principal enemy) and their boon (the good they bring back from their spiritual journey).
  2. Describe Hilly’s story arc. She is the antihero: is she transformed in the end? How?
  3. What about Celia Foote? What’s her journey like?

This low budget flick really kicks it. And it certainly follows the hero cycle very closely. Answer please the following guiding questions.

  1. How does the film choose to create an illusion of “reality”?
  2. Describe the hero’s arc. That is, how would you describe the main character at the beginning of the movie, at the middle and at the end?
  3. What would you say is the Plot Point I of the movie?
  4. We have talked about the Shadow, an evil character that works against the hero? Who is this character in the movie and how does he or she represents an obstacle to hero’s progress?
  5. Who are the hero’s allies and how do them contribute to the hero’s progress?
  6. What is the hero’s mission?
  7. Would you say there is more than one hero in this movie? What are their arcs?
  8. What is Plot Point 2 in this movie?
  9. Are any of the possible missions accomplished by any of the heroes?
  10. Describe all allies/heroes.


As you all remember, movies are the tale of hero who leaves his or her confort zone, faces perils, completes a mission and returns home with lessons learned and possibly a treasure.

  1. Who is the hero in Inglorious Basterds and why do you find it so difficult to pick one?
  2. In Jerry Maguire it is obvious who the hero is. But, what is his mission? How does he get himself in that mission?
  3. What is Jerry’s confort zone, and how does he get out of it? Why?
  4. What is the inmost cave in Inglorious Basterds?
  5. Describe plot point 1 of Inglorious Basterds.
  6. Describe plot point 2 of Inglorious Basterds.
  7. What is plot point 2 in Jerry Maguire.

MoneyballAfter seeing Moneyball, complete the following excercises.

  1. Define the beginning and end of at least three complete sequences.
  2. Do exterior scenes outweigh interior scenes or vicerversa? Why is that?
  3. Describe what transitions between scenes are used the most.
  4. Write at least one scene as seen in the movie. Make it as close as possible.

Anybody who hasn’t completed this assignment by tomorrow, relinquishes his points.

Welcome to Hellweek. It’s not an easy week for anyone, so let’s get organized, shall we? Section 1 will have their Midterm exam on Wednesday. Section 2 will take it on Friday. This is the agreement both sections reached with me. Or not. It is what it is. Now for a some words about the exam.

The exam is simple enough. I will project a movie (a different one for each section). Participants will answer the questions posed in the test in real time, as the movie plays. To successfully answer all the questions, you should be familiar with the concepts discussed in class and read in the chapters assigned (see earlier entries). These include:

  1. The Ordinary world
  2. The Special world
  3. The three act structure
  4. Plot points 1 and 2
  5. The hero
  6. The thresholds and threshold guardians
  7. Allies, shapeshifters and shadows.
  8. The Mentor
  9. The Inmost Cave
  10. The hero’s return.

Please review and come prepared.

Wall-E and Eve

Wall-E and Eve change fundamentally as they move through Act II

Having seen Wall-E, we wil do an extensive analysis based on the Hero’s Journey. The movie poses a challenge, though, as it features two heroes, Wall-E and Eve. Both of these characters have a distinct character arc; that is, they change from the beginning of the movie towards the end. They are transformed by their circumstances as they go through Act II.

It could be argued that every featured character in Wall-E is transformed: the two humans, the captain of the Axiom, Mo, the crazy robots… They all change. Can you support that claim? You will do two things tonight:

  1. A complete analysis of the movie based on the Hero’s Journey. Use what you read on The Writer’s Journey. Identify all elements: Ordinary World, special world, plot points 1 and 2, allies, thresholds, threshold guardians, etc…
  2. Describe the character arc of all featured characters.
The Kingdom

The Kingdom, by Peter Berg

Having seen The Kingdom, we are faced with the complexities of multiple heroes. Fleury is obviously the main character, but we also have Leavitt, Mayes, Sykes, Faris and Haytham to deal with. Each of these characters experiences change. How a character changes fundamentally from beginning of the movie to the end is called a character arc.

This is the last opportunity you have for an in-class analysis of the Hero’s Journey. With that in mind, for this assignment you will:

  1. Do a complete analysis of The Kingdom based on the Hero’s Journey. All elements should be present: Ordinary world, special world, plot point 1 and 2, heroes, allies, thresholds, threshold guardians, inmost cave, Shadow (or Nemesis), final confrontation and return of the hero.
  2. Do complete character arcs for each of the heroes, with supporting evidence from the movie.