Learn from an Influence of George Lucas

Soon after the debut of Star Wars, George Lucas credited Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books) as an influence upon his work. What was it in this book that could influence a storyteller like Lucas? One thing to consider as digital storytellers is the structure of what Campbell calls a monomyth.

  • Interested? Check out more about the sturcture at Wikipedia.
  • Really interested? Get a copy of The Hero With A Thousand Faces at your local library. You may also be interested in the The Hero’s Journey, a documentary (and book) of the life and work of Campbell.
  • Really realy interested? Check out Christopher Vogler’s book, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers.
  • Not convinced of the implications for the digital world? Consider the fact that 2007 is the release year for what is already an award winning multi-user online role playing game by Simutronics Corporation called “Hero’s Journey.
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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, host of the MoonshotEdu Show, professor of education, AVP of Academics, and Chief Innovation officer. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education, educational innovation, alternative education, and nurturing agency and curiosity.