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The Hero’s Journey

The hero’s journey is a framework that identifies the various stages a hero passes through as he/sh...

‘Arrival’ Vs ‘Life’

The films Arrival (2016) and Life (2017) offer two versions of the ‘first contact’ story — humanity’s initial encounter with alien li...

The System

Stories take place within distinct worlds that have specific characteristics. This can involve a social or cultural way ...

Family

Family is our home, it’s where we come from, and return to. Characters without a family, will go...

‘Badlands’

In Badlands (1973) fifteen-year-old Holly Sargis falls for James Dean look-a-like Kit Carruthers. He’s handsome and charismatic, but he...

‘Assault on Precinct 13’

An explosion of violence is unleashed on the audience in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) when a violent gang attacks ...

Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds are computer generated environments where characters have defining experiences that either mirror or subvert expectations of ...

The Psychopathic Character

The psychopathic character is relentless, always in pursuit, ruthlessly able to manipulate and deceive. When the charm fails ...

The Perception of Reality

Illusion and reality, the story within the story, truth and lies — these are the basic challenges that a co...

Masks

The mask is a storytelling device that obscures a wearer’s identity, while highlighting his or her psychological pr...