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Kal Bashir's 510+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth)

The 510+ stage Hero's Journey (Monomyth) is the template upon which the vast majority of successful stories and Hollywood blockbusters are based upon. In fact, ALL of the hundreds of Hollywood movies we have deconstructed (all available at are based on this 510+ stage template.

Understanding this template is a priority for story or screenwriters. This is the template you must master if you are to succeed in the craft.

[The terminology is most often metaphoric and applies to all successful stories and screenplays, from The Godfather (1972) to Brokeback Mountain (2006) to Annie Hall (1977) to Lord of the Rings (2003) to Drugstore Cowboy (1989) to Thelma and Louise (1991) to Apocaplyse Now (1979)].



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

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

c) Gives you a tangible process for building and releasing dissonance (establishing and achieving catharses, of which there are usually four).

d) Gives you a universal structural template upon which you can superimpose your situational story. This is why stories such as Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000), Midnight Cowboy (1969), American Beauty (1999), The Graduate (1967) and many others (all deconstructed at the URL below) appear to be different but are all constructed, almost sequence by sequence, in the same way.

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All stories are Quests if you understand what a "Quest" is.

The common understanding of "Quest" is that it is the search for a tangible. Most often, the tangible is thought to be a treasure, princess or sword, but it can be any discernible substance. In Syriana (2005), the tangible is a post-it note.

But the true understanding of "Quest" lies in the intangibles that the tangible represents.

One important intangible is the becoming of the New Self.

In Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Olive wants to win the beauty pageant, but before she can win that battle, she must gain self-belief.

In Thelma and Louise (1991), Thelma pulls a gun on the officer, an action that embodies her New Self.

In American Beauty (1999), Carolyn ecstatically fires her gun in the shooting range an action that embodies her New Self.


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