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GEORGE LUCAS - HEROES, MYTHS & MAGIC - AMERICAN MASTERS 1993. The Mythology of Star Wars [FULL DOCUMENTARY] Star Wars Origins - Lightsabers. LEFT TOP: Universal Translator from Star Trek, The Original Series. LEFT BOTTOM: Phaser beam from season two of Space: 1999. RIGHT: Mr. Skywalker's finest letter-opener. The Star Wars Origins project began with one question: "How did George Lucas invent the lightsaber? " The second lesson I learned from the creation of lightsabers is that the more ideas you can compress into a single metaphor, the more powerful that metaphor will be. A Wikipedia contributor has identified what I suspect is probably the strongest inspiration on the idea of the lightsaber: the "force-blade" from the Lucky Starr series of science fiction juveniles, originally published 1952-1958 by Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) under the pen name "Paul French.

" It's possible that the physical appearance of the lightsaber handle was inspired by the Universal Translators from the original Star Trek series, particularly the translator carried by the Gorn from the Arena episode. Other Theories Gather, Darkness! Star Wars Origins - George Lucas' Personal Myth. Joseph Campbell often noted that while mythic structure is universal, myth itself must be kept fresh through reinterpretation. Every generation must recontextualize myth to suit their times, to create their own road map for how to fit best into the world. After the release of Star Wars, Campbell and Lucas became friends. Campbell credited Lucas with reinvigorating the mythic force in the modern world.

In return Lucas reignited worldwide interest in Campbell's ideas, which have had profound repercussions on world culture in general and Hollywood in particular. Lucas once called Campbell "my Yoda. " One of the Campbell's messages is that "mythic structure" is more than the underlying archetype of a good story; myth teaches us how to live well. If George Lucas were to create a mythic map of his life, it might include these elements: Star Wars created by George Lucas, © LucasFilm Ltd.Star Wars: Origins © 1999-2006 by Kristen Brennan, part of the Jitterbug Fantasia webzine. Star Wars Origins - Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey. In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same "elementary ideas.

" Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas "archetypes," which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a "hero" is, or a "mentor" or a "quest," and that's why people who don't even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

Campbell's contribution was to take this idea of archetypes and use it to map out the common underlying structure behind religion and myth. Searching For The Hero. Star Wars Origins - Akira Kurosawa. Star Wars Origins - Flash Gordon. George Lucas has often said that his original idea for the project that evolved into Star Wars was to remake the Flash Gordon movie serials from the 1930s (a "serial" is a movie shown in weekly installments of about 10-20 minutes each).

The license wasn't available, so Lucas moved on to other ideas, beginning with Akira Kurosawa's film The Hidden Fortress and then Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces. Despite the plot changes the Star Wars films are still bursting with influences from the Flash Gordon movie serials, including the Rebels vs. the Imperial Forces, Cloud City, the "soft wipes" between scenes, the underwater city with a manta ray-shaped sub and even the famous "roll up" which begins the movie: The Flash Gordon movie serials closely followed Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon newspaper comicstrip. Raymond's strip was first launched in 1934, at the height of the Great Depression. Illustration courtesy of Justine Shaw, ©1999. Star Wars Origins: How did George Lucas create Star Wars? The Hero's Quest. |Arthurian Legend| |Beowulf| |Classical Mythology| |Creation Stories| |Fairy Tales and Folktales| |Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey| |Mythology Main Page| The all-purpose guide to epic moviesThis chart shows different archetypal roles at work in Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other movies: the hero, the threshold guardian, the trickster, etc.

An Anti-Hero of One's OwnThis TED-ED video (4:11) explores the pattern of the anti-hero using references to Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, among others. Captioned, includes follow-up questions and other support. ArchetypesThis Google Doc lists and describes types of heroes, quests, stages, characteristics, and symbols. Students are invited to find examples. Includes graphic organizer. Chart of GodsThis printable handout details the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their spheres of influence, symbols, cities, and animals. Comparison of World MythsThis page outlines similarities and differences in world myths. What Makes a Hero? Mythology in Star Wars. Nobody paid $7 to hear Homer read The Odyssey, or lined up to buy Thomas Malory's 15th-century version of King Arthur's legend. But, when Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opens at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, George Lucas' epic of galactic good and evil will be seen by more people in one day than Homer or Malory ever dreamed of reaching in their lifetimes.

Different eras, different heroes, yet Lucas' film series contains the same mythic qualities those ancient storytellers and others used to fuel imaginations throughout the ages. Lucas always claimed that his lucrative Star Wars saga blends mythology and technology. Indeed, Lucas' fascination with mythology led to an enduring friendship with the late Joseph Campbell, perhaps the best-known expert in the field. Lucas blended archetypes of legends and visionary cinema into three Star Wars chapters between 1977 and 1983.

The reason goes beyond state-of-the-art special effects and studio hype. The founding curator of that museum, Dr. The Hero's Journey: Life's Great Adventure. Star Wars Origins - Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey. Star Wars. Star Wars is a science fiction franchise comprised of movies, books, comics, video games, toys, and animated shows. It is a fictional universe created by George Lucas. The Star Wars story employs archetypal motifs common to science fiction, political climax and classical mythology, as well as musical motifs of those aspects. Overview "George Lucas has achieved what few artists do; he has created and populated a world of his own. His 'Star Wars' movies are among the most influential, both technically and commercially, ever made.

" ―Ebert & Roeper[src] The Star Wars story has been presented in a series of American films, which have spawned a large quantity of books and other media, which have formed the Expanded Universe. Unlike the heroes of earlier space set sci-fi/fantasy film and TV series such as Star Trek, the heroes of Star Wars are not militaristic types but romantic individualists. History Before Star Wars Lucas would later profit from an upcoming star in that movie: Harrison Ford. Hero's Journey Foundation - life-altering adventures for men and women - Hero's journey. "A Practical Guide to Joseph Cambell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Christopher Vogler © 1985 “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”

In the long run, one of the most influential books of the 20th century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell’s THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. The book and the ideas in it are having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes in part to the ageless patterns that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. The ideas Campbell presents in this and other books are an excellent set of analytical tools. With them you can almost always determine what’s wrong with a story that’s floundering; and you can find a better solution almost any story problem by examining the pattern laid out in the book.

There’s nothing new in the book. HeroJourneyStarWars.pdf (application/pdf Object) Star Wars: The Hero's Journey - Part 1. Joseph Campbell, Star Wars, and the Hero's Journey. Christopher Vogler's "Hero's Journey" (Revised July 2007) I spent nearly sixteen years avoiding reading anything of substance by (Hollywood) story theorists such as Syd Field, John Truby, Christopher Vogler, Robert McKee and others.

As co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story, I didn't want to influence my development of Dramatica so I avoided direct interaction with competing theories. In 2006 I decided to lift my self-imposed ban. I figured my understanding of Dramatica was mature enough that I didn’t have to worry about "contaminating" it by exposure to the competing theories. It was past time that I figured out how other story theories are similar and dissimilar to Dramatica, why they are different (assuming they are), and what those similarities and differences mean. Originally written as a series of articles, I’ve reworked my findings into this single paper.

There are dozens of “how to” books on story structure, especially in the screenwriting field. SYD FIELD: I watched Syd Field's video, "Screenwriting Workshop. " Beowulf and Star Wars. BEOWULF AND STAR WARS with references to Episode III and Jung THE FOREMOST MYTHOLOGIST OF OUR DAY, JOSEPH CAMPBELL wrote a book called The Hero With a Thousand Faces, in which he noted that whatever the name or face: Achilles, Odysseus, Telemachus, Oedipus, Beowulf, Capts.

Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko or Luke Skywalker and even Darth Vader, the quest and the adventure is the same. The Hero must undergo a series of adventures that "make his day" and save the home, nation, planet or galaxy from destruction--in other words, confront evil and attempt to defeat it. Our question has been to ascertain what role God has in the process. By calling on key scenes from Beowulf and comparing them with Star Wars, we will see the transformation of the hero from a novice to one ready to confront his destiny, and in so doing we gain a modern insight into the problem of evil. George Lucas CREATOR OF STAR WARS Campbell, Joseph. IN MYTHOLOGY, the hero's journey begins with the "call to adventure. " Hero's Journey. The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide students with background on the hero's journey and give them a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements.

Students can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey they have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of their own. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Fantastic Characters: Analyzing and Creating Superheroes and Villains Students analyze characterization by creating their own superheroes or super-villains, complete with related gadgets and settings. Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity | July 31 J.K. Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library. Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity | January 3. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell. In this book, Campbell discusses his theory of the mythological structure of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world myths.

Since the publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell's theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. Filmmaker George Lucas acknowledged Campbell's theory in mythology, and its influence on the Star Wars films.[1] Summary[edit] Campbell explores the theory that mythological narratives frequently share a fundamental structure. The similarities of these myths brought Campbell to write his book in which he details the structure of the monomyth. He calls the motif of the archetypal narrative, "the hero's journey". In laying out the monomyth, Campbell describes a number of stages or steps along this journey. Background[edit] Publishing history[edit] Artists influenced by the work[edit] In film[edit]