Film is a multidisciplinary art form, requiring a synthesis of dramatic, photographic, visual, musical, literary and other arts & crafts. Many independent, documentary and student filmmakers take on many, if not all, of these roles.

Writers can make use of the Hero’s Journey early on as a template to help with the process. Even if you are writing from scratch, making up complete worlds and characters, you have a wealth of inspiration from the great archetypal events and heroic figures from myth and history. Tip: When watching movies, turn the closed captions on and actually see the words and read the words as they are spoken. Remember when scripting dialogue, you are writing the spoken word, not the written word.

Directors: As the visionary of the film project, it is mandatory that you understand all aspects of the creative process, and perhaps more importantly, an understanding of human nature and ability to work with others. Knowledge of archetypes will be very useful when directing actors as it will be able to give them more specific instructions and suggestions.

Actors can make use of archetypes to connect with the essence of the character they are trying to portray. Instead of attempting to connect with the role from a similar emotion or situation in your own life (which can be problematic), try meeting your character at the archetypal level instead, away from your personality.

“I don’t really get in to character, I just get myself out of the way.”
~ Laurence Fishburn