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Learn the structure and significance behind some of the most popular Films, Animation and Games. Discover how the wisdom in these stories apply to your life. Welcome to Mythology and Meaning! My name is Crispin Freeman and I am eager to share with you all I have learned about how mythology and religion affect pop culture storytelling. I think you will find it incredibly useful not only in your creative endeavors, but in your personal life as well. Whether you’re a screenwriter, comic book creator, director, actor, animator or game designer, here you will find the blueprint for the most popular and well-beloved stories ever told. It is my firm belief that we become the stories we tell ourselves. Therefore, it behooves us to understand the stories around us and decide whether or not we find them useful and fulfilling. I like to use the metaphor of a motor in a car to represent the makes a story engine run. Here at Mythology and Meaning, I raise the car hood on your favorite stories to show you how the...

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the blueprint behind storytelling

Embark on a journey into the secret code that lies underneath your favorite stories and characters. Expand your own creativity and learn what makes these stories so fascinating. Chose from one of the three options below to begin your journey: Film Mythology Animation Mythology Gaming Mythology...

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Film Mythology

Follow the structure of the hero’s path in your favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy films and learn how mythology informs not only the shape of the fantastical worlds in each of these films, but also why the protagonists struggle against such incredible odds to fight for what they believe.

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Animation Mythology

Explore the different mythological hero journeys that manifest in both American and Japanese animation. Learn how the different religions and mythological traditions of each culture shape the cosmology of their stories. This in turn dictates the type of journey the hero will take.

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Gaming Mythology

Not all games require a narrative structure or spiritual cosmology. However, for those games looking to elicit a truly emotional or cathartic response from a player, a clear storytelling mythology can use the ritual aspect of games to elicit an incredibly deep and meaningful experience.

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