The 12 Steps That Almost Every Movie Hero Has to Go Through

By Casey Chan on at

It’s pretty simple even if we don’t want to acknowledge it: movies are basically set up in the same way and a hero’s journey follows a pretty universal 12-step process. Or at least that’s what Iskander Krayenbosch thinks in his animation The Hero’s Journey. He deftly utilises characters from popular movies to prove his point for each step.

Krayenbosch writes:

Since the beginning of time people are fascinated by stories of hero’s. But did you know there is a fundamental structure that’s lies beneath all these tales of fantasy. Joseph Campbell, a famous mythologist, was the first to discover similarities within all ancient myths. He called it the Monomyth. According to him there are 12 stages in which every hero has to walk through one way or the other. In the hero’s journey these stages are visualized by using iconic blockbuster movies that follow the same structure of storytelling.

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