Category: archetypes

The Ideology of MacroCinema

To say that the relationship between narrative and reality always involves violence is not to say that narrative is wrong. It is more accurate to say that narrative is never neutral – it never “just is” – in a closed system, there is no creation without destruction, no translation without interpretation, one cannot act in the world without leaving a…

Gendered Cinema

There are so many status quo filmmaking supposed “norms”—questionable militaristic language like “point” and “shoot” and “cut”—”CAPTURE” a moment. But the truth is: I came into most of my power as a filmmaker when I realized that all I needed to do was make a safe space for people to have feelings. This keynote address by Jill Soloway has been popping up…

More on the Myth of Monomyth

When I wrote this in 2013 about Joseph Campbell’s compelling Hero’s Journey theory (which has become the basis for most mainstream blockbuster filmmaking), I felt a bit like a voice crying out in the wilderness. We may all be sick of the reluctant-gifted-hero-goes-on-quest storyline, but it seem pretty non-negotiable as the Narrative of Our Times. Though it’s probably not a new…

The Archetype of the Prodigy

“Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” -advice from Merlin to Arthur, “The Once and Future King,” by T.H. White This piece in the NY Times Magazine features interviews with various highly successful…

The Archetype of the Suitor

I am fascinated by The Bachelorette and The Bachelor – long-running shows on ABC wherein a pool of eligible single people compete with one another for the attention, and ultimately, “the hand in marriage” of a desirable, always hetero, partner. When I (rarely) admit that I find these shows fascinating, I always end up struggling to justify it. What is the…