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The Latin adjective diurnus means “pertaining to a day, daily”; English diurnal stems ultimately from this word. When Latin developed into French, diurnus became a noun, jour, meaning simply “day” The medieval French derivative journee meant either “day” or “something done during the day,” such as work or travel. Middle English borrowed journee as journey in both senses, but only the sense “a day’s travel” survived into modern usage. In modern English, journey now refers to a trip without regard to the amount of time it takes. The verb journey developed from the noun and is first attested in the 14th century.

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Middle English, from Anglo-French jurnee day, day's journey, from jur day, from Late Latin diurnum , from Latin, neuter of diurnus — see journal entry 1

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Journey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journey. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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Middle English journey "a trip, travel," from early French journee "day's work, day's journey," from jour "day," derived from Latin diurnus "of a day, daily," from dies "day" — related to diary , journal

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Unraveling The Concept of The Hero’s Journey in Filmmaking

This podcast featuring christopher vogler opens up a lot of storytelling ideas..

Unraveling The Concept of The Hero’s Journey in Filmmaking

Many great stories, whether told through the written word or on the silver screen, share a common thread—a hero's journey. The Hero's Journey is a narrative structure that has been a fundamental part of storytelling for centuries, and it continues to be a powerful tool in filmmaking.

One of my favorite screenwriting books is ' The Writer’s Journey ', which details Joseph Campbell's journey through storytelling and takes the writer's POV.

This was the first book I read on screenwriting and one of the best.

Christopher Vogler wrote the book, and he was recently on the Film Crux podcast talking about these concepts. So check out the podcast and we'll talk after.

What is the Hero's Journey?

'Star Wars'

I figured that after the podcast you may need a refresher on Joseph Campbell and his concept of The Hero's Journey. This not a new concept; it dates back to ancient mythology and has been used by countless cultures throughout history.

Campbell was a scholar of comparative mythology and wrote a book called "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." He identified a common pattern in myths and stories from around the world, a pattern he called the monomyth or the Hero's Journey .

The Hero's Journey is a template that outlines the stages a hero typically goes through in a story. While there may be variations and adaptations, the core structure remains consistent.

It begins with the hero's ordinary world, followed by a call to adventure, a journey into the unknown, encounters with allies and enemies, a transformation or revelation, and finally, a return to the ordinary world with newfound wisdom or gifts.

A Diagram of The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey Diagram

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The Hero's Journey is often depicted as a circular diagram, with each stage connected to the next in a cycle. there are many different names for the story beats in the circle.

The image above is from Wikipedia.

Here's a linear representation of Campbell's idea with beats I use when writing.

  • Ordinary World : The hero's normal life before the adventure begins.
  • Call to Adventure : The hero receives a call to leave their ordinary world and embark on a journey.
  • Refusal of the Call : The hero hesitates or resists the call initially.
  • Meeting the Mentor: The hero encounters a mentor or guide who provides advice or assistance.
  • Crossing the Threshold : The hero commits to leaving the ordinary world and entering the unknown.
  • Tests, Allies, and Enemies : The hero faces challenges, makes allies, and encounters adversaries.
  • Approaching the Cave : The hero gets closer to the central challenge or conflict.
  • Ordeal : The hero faces a major test, often their most significant challenge.
  • Reward : The hero overcomes the ordeal and gains a reward or insight.
  • The Road Back: The hero begins the journey back to the ordinary world.
  • Resurrection : The hero faces one final, climactic challenge.
  • Return with the Elixir: The hero returns to the ordinary world, transformed, and brings something valuable back.

Examples of The Hero's Journey in Film

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Many iconic films have embraced the Hero's Journey structure to great effect. Here are a few examples:

  • Star Wars : George Lucas drew heavily from Joseph Campbell's work when creating the Star Wars saga. Luke Skywalker's journey from a farm boy on Tatooine to a Jedi Knight follows the Hero's Journey pattern closely.
  • The Lord of the Rings : J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy, adapted into films by Peter Jackson, showcases the Hero's Journey through Frodo's quest to destroy the One Ring.
  • The Matrix: The Wachowskis used the Hero's Journey to guide Neo's transformation from a computer hacker to "The One" who can save humanity.
  • The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy's adventure in the Land of Oz is a classic Hero's Journey, complete with a call to adventure, allies, adversaries, and a return home with newfound wisdom.

How Filmmakers Utilize the Hero's Journey

  • Creating Relatable Characters: One of the most significant advantages of the Hero's Journey in filmmaking is its ability to create relatable characters. Audiences connect with heroes who face challenges, make sacrifices, and experience personal growth. By following this narrative structure, filmmakers can craft characters that resonate with viewers on a deep emotional level.
  • Building Tension and Conflict: The Hero's Journey provides a built-in framework for tension and conflict. As the hero progresses through the various stages, they encounter obstacles, adversaries, and setbacks, keeping the audience engaged and invested in the story's outcome.
  • Engaging Audiences on an Emotional Level: The Hero's Journey is not just about physical challenges; it's also about the hero's internal journey. Filmmakers can use this structure to explore the hero's emotions, fears, and desires, allowing the audience to connect with the character on an emotional level.
  • Crafting Memorable Endings: The return of the hero to the ordinary world at the end of their journey often leaves a lasting impact on the audience. Filmmakers can use this moment to deliver powerful messages, resolutions, or open-ended conclusions that leave viewers thinking long after the credits roll.

More Reading on The Hero's Journey

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This is No Film School, of course we've written about this concept many times before. so here are some articles for you to peruse as well...

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  • What Is the 'Call to Adventure' in Storytelling?
  • Joseph Campbell's Monomyth: A Brief History and Introduction
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  • The Other Hero's Journey: The Emotional Struggle of Screenwriting
  • Over 48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Released for Free on Spotify
  • This Supercut Takes You Through the Hero's Journey of over 50 Iconic Films

The Hero's Journey is a storytelling archetype deeply embedded in our collective consciousness. It provides filmmakers with a powerful tool to engage and captivate audiences.

By understanding and utilizing this narrative structure, filmmakers can create compelling stories with relatable characters, tension, and emotional depth.

Whether you're crafting a space opera or an intimate drama, the Hero's Journey remains a timeless blueprint for successful storytelling in filmmaking.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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How This Costume Designer Updated Jedi Robes for 'The Acolyte'

No film school speaks with costume designer jennifer bryan..

We're always excited to see a new Star Wars project—especially when Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae are involved. How could you not be amped for The Acolyte ?

And when we get to speak with part of the creative team, like costume wizard Jennifer Bryan , we're even more excited! As we learned speaking with her via Zoom, she comes from the world of contemporary TV with credits like Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad under her belt, and this was an exciting opportunity for her to flex different muscles.

We were able to ask about some of the new looks for the Jedi Knights, how she builds world and character through costume, what it's like pitching to Kathleen Kennedy, and more.

Let Bryan take you to hyperspace with her interstellar advice!

Editor's note: The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

NFS: I am a big Star Wars fan. I don't know if you were when you got this project.

Bryan: I was just in the general population of having seen some Star Wars movies. I wasn't a super nerd, but of course I am now.

NFS: That's going to be my first question then. This being an established universe, how do you approach the work of designing costumes?

Bryan: It's a first for me in terms of doing a project that is worldbuilding from scratch. I was very, very excited. I come from contemporary television. Somebody asked me that, about making that jump from contemporary to fantasy sci-fi, and I told them—costume designers, her toolbox has to be very wide, because you never know what you're going to be presented with as a work challenge. Especially if you've been trained, formally like I have, you need to be able to catch whatever comes at you.

I'd always wanted to do worldbuilding sci-fi, deep imagination, and things that you really have to come out from the well of your creativity. And this show provided that for me. NFS: One thing that I noticed immediately was your spin on the Jedi robes. I'd love to hear you talk about how you arrived there and what your process was.

Bryan: I started my prep in the States and then eventually went over in June, and I had my first big presentation to Kathleen Kennedy. And when I was doing my research, I thought, "Wow, the colors of the Jedi!" I'm a colorist, that's one of the tools that I rely on heavily when I'm designing regards to what the period is. If I can bring color into it that's appropriate, I'll do that.

So I started doing my presentations, and I know the Jedi are already in the iconography of Star Wars , but because the timeline was before, a hundred years, I had a hundred-plus years out. Almost prequel-like. I knew I had some leeway. I took a stab. I thought, "I think the Jedi uniforms and color palette could be a little different, not too far off, but a little different from what we've known."

So what I proposed, and Kathleen Kennedy was very open to it, was to change their Coruscant color tones. I kept the brown Obi-wan Kenobi-type robe that we all know. And the ivory off-white of the Coruscant temple robes. But I then inserted the turmeric, honey mustard color range on their tabards and their tunics.

I think it played well in the sense that on Acolyte , we didn't use a volume. Everything was on location. So I had a lot of location, background that helped to intensify my color choices.

NFS: You mentioned that you were bringing designs to Kathleen Kennedy. Can you talk about what that looked like? Were you bringing boards, or how do you pitch those ideas?

Bryan: That meeting with Kathleen Kennedy was my very first major presentation to her. But from that point on, when we kind of got a general, "Oh, I like what you're doing with this," from that point on, then it was definitely more a close working relationship with Leslye Headland, the director.

After initially meeting with Kathleen—and both of them actually—and doing my first major pitch, from that point on ... it was with Leslye Headland. It was a really wonderful collaboration with her. She gave me a lot of creative space, and whenever I got feedback from her, her guidance was really inspiring for me to follow. I can't praise her enough for her collaboration.

NFS: The costumes moved so well. I would love to hear about what your design process entailed, thinking about the action sequences and how people move in them.

Bryan: Oh, for sure. One thing when you're working on a show like this, especially a huge show like this, where so many different styles and disciplines come into what the actor has to do—certainly all of the principals and many of the background artists—I had to really communicate closely with the person that's responsible for the choreography, the wirework, the stunts, water work. Are they going to be in the water? Things like that.

And before I even started looking at fabric selection, I had to know that information first. So especially some of the upcoming characters that you're going to see, I had to really, really consider what they were doing.

The most important one in episodes one and two, and then you'll see her also a little further on, is Mae's assassin robe. That purple cloak. That was one piece I can definitely tell you I had to think about movement, and that she was going to be in it a long time, and that she was going to have this kick-ass fight in the opening scenes in the noodle shop.And how do you do that with that robe on? Right?

We started with that walk, that opening shot of her walking into this planet's town, and I did fabric choices where I started—in that particular purple cloak—started with lighter gauze fabrics on the bottom. It's all constructed with different weights of cottons, handwoven. As I worked up to the upper part of the cloak, then those fabrics became a little bit heavier so that the hood would stay on, but the bottom part would just flow and float away from her. Just give her that kind of windblown vagabond feeling.

The choreography was really important because I would have to give her a basic study cloak, and she would go into rehearsals in that, and then they'd report back to me, "Oh, it's catching up in my feet." And then we'll get back into the sewing room.

I have to give a shout-out to the tailoring team that I had on The Acolyte , my cutters and tailors. They were just masters at interpreting what I needed and making fabric behave the way we wanted it to behave, to suit choreography and wirework and all of that more technical stuff. And on camera, then, to make it just look flawless.

NFS: The other thing that I noticed in that fight is that the Jedi robes, the sleeves are a little bit more fitted. I remember in earlier movies, they were so billowy.

Bryan: I think it came by default. Sol and Yord, especially. First of all, it's a time of peace. So I'm thinking as I was processing this back then, that we could have them looking a little bit more snatched. So I reduced some volume in some of the things. The cloak sleeves, I did trim them back a little bit. I'm glad you noticed ... I did trim it back, because all of this volume and the swinging, I didn't want the costumes to distract from the action, but still wanted the flow and the action of what cloaks do. You know, try to get that balance. So trimming back was a little bit of what I did.

NFS: Mae's costume is so unique, and it has all these little elements.

Bryan: For what we call Mae's assassin costume or Mae's assassin robe, which is the purple cloak, and then the chain mail and everything. Let's address the color.

The purple of the cloak is what I would call a memory color for her. When you watch further episodes, you will see what the purple meant. It's her homeland that was destroyed. We do know that in episodes one and two, that they've lost their community, and that purple was a color that I used in the costumes of the women in that community, their childhood community. So I call it a memory color. It's a callback to what she was and how she grew up as a child.

Then she decides that she's on this assassin, vengeance [path] to get these Jedi that destroyed her community. She is a renegade. She is not from any particular military order like the Jedi. She is this self-trained mercenary—except that nobody's paying her to do it—she's definitely [out for] revenge, a vagabond, on a journey.

How does she arm herself? So my thought in my research and developing her character in this particular costume was being inspired by old cultures. Global cultures. Mongolia, North Africa, South Africa, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and particularly Samurai warriors. So on her costume in the front part where you see the bamboo connection to the metal plate, the bamboo to me hearkens back to Samurai because they use bamboo, which is very, very strong, by the way, woven strips of bamboo in making samurai warrior clothing. The metal breastplate was inspired by Byzantine and Roman plate armor. So big, ancient warrior cultures. And I pulled some bits and pieces from that and put this armoring of hers together.

I also brought in chain mail, which is not seen very often in Star Wars, but because I felt it's such an ancient fabrication for armoring and protection, I thought it was a good piece. That she found something somewhere and put that together. If you look at it, it has holes, it has rips, it has tatters.

That's the historical and costume references for her outfit. So part of it is within The Acolyte' s story of losing her family. That's the reference to the cloak, and then her daggers and her armor. All of that is on her journey to kill these Jedi. This stuff is collected and welded together and patched together.

Her belt hearkens back to a Jedi belt, which is where she kept those little daggers. On closer inspection. It's very, very similar to a Jedi belt. So it's sort of like a flip side of the Jedi, but certainly more independent.

NFS: I love that. I'm going to have to look at the belt again.

Bryan: Take a look at it. In the front, you'll see these little silver eyelets that at first glance, look like decoration, but it's actually the handles of these single-blade daggers. That's her weapon. She has them tucked everywhere. They're in the belt, and it looks like decoration.

NFS: Did you have a favorite costume to design?

Bryan: That's asking me for like my favorite children. It's hard. My favorite, to be very, very honest, my favorite is always the one that I'm currently researching, designing, or it's been approved and I'm getting it constructed.

It's between the costume of the Stranger—this character appears later on—and Mae's assassin outfit. So many people so far who have seen the show are very just visually impressed by it. That makes me feel very good about it. I'll put it between those two. Actually, it's a tie.

NFS: Everyone's path is unique. What advice do you have for someone wanting to get into costume design?

Bryan: Wow, tough question. Because yes, it's unique. It's a career that does not have a predefined route. I would say education-wise, you want to study literally everything that you can. If you can get formal training, it's a plus. It's definitely a plus.

Studying art history, costume history. I had to pull those things into play deeply on researching for this show. I mean, I do it for my other shows, but this one, even more so because of the scope of it and just the sandbox of Star Wars and trying to make your stuff that's going into the sandbox. New tools, new looks, and have it fit what's already there.

I think for costume designers or people wanting to learn this craft, to make this craft a profession, again, if they can get formal training, great. If not, then study as much as you can. Have a base knowledge of art history, costume history. And also look at other things that you may not necessarily personally be interested in.

I will sometimes pick up magazines, specialized, that are not a personal interest of mine, but it's just to pick up those little things and have some kind of base memory. So if you get a show and, "Oh my gosh, it requires a motorcycle gang." I'm just using that as an example. Somewhere along the line you've noticed those guys on the street, seen what they wear, and have an awareness of really trying to develop a creative eye.

NFS: Is there anything that you wanted to discuss I didn't bring up about your work?

Bryan: My background costumes. Each one is unique. I had a lot of fun doing them, and the camera might just pass them like that. But the ones that I did for Khofar and the planet of Ueda, I had a lot of fun.

I did it like it was a silk trade where merchants and vendors and buyers and sellers and sketchy dudes from all different planets come there to buy and sell. I loved doing that. That was pretty awesome.

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12 phenomenal movies about incredible journeys.

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With warmer weather, our thoughts naturally turn to travel. We recall past excursions that helped form us and fantasize about adventures yet to come.

Since Homer penned “The Odyssey” in the eighth century B.C., journeys have inspired a wealth of literature and art. Often a mission or quest is involved, though it may not be a conscious one. Quite often, voyages of discovery only reveal themselves after the fact.

It could take the form of a voyage to a distant, forbidding land, or a short visit to the town of one’s youth. Regardless, it’s the stuff of great drama, and a central element in good storytelling.

No surprise then that wonderful movies involving journeys are plentiful. Here are a dozen that touch down on every continent.

The Movie: Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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The Journey: A Hollywood director of commercial fluff (Joel McCrea) wants to make a serious film about the human condition. For inspiration, he sets out alone without a dime in his pocket.

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The Movie: The Third Man (1949)

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The Journey: A struggling writer (Joseph Cotten) is invited to war-scarred Vienna to meet an old friend (Orson Welles). On arrival, he learns his buddy has died. But where is the body?

The Movie: The African Queen (1951)

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The Journey: A boozy skipper (Humphrey Bogart) and a prim missionary (Katharine Hepburn) navigate treacherous waters to evade the Germans when World War One erupts.

The Movie: The Endless Summer (1966)

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The Journey: Filmed at the height of the surfing craze, the world’s top practitioners follow the sun and surf to experience the biggest waves on the planet.

The Movie: Easy Rider (1969)

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The Journey: Two long-haired potheads (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) cross America on their motorcycles after making a major score. Their quest: complete freedom, on their terms.

The Movie: The Last Detail (1973)

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The Journey: Two seasoned Navy veterans (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) get assigned to escort a young sailor (Randy Quaid) by train to the stockade. They let loose along the way.

The Movie: The Straight Story (1999)

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The Journey: A senior citizen (Richard Farnsworth) learns his brother has suffered a stroke. Having lost his driver’s license, he travels two hundred miles to see him on his lawnmower.

The Movie: Lost in Translation (2003)

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The Journey: While in Tokyo for work, a middle-aged actor (Bill Murray) meets a disillusioned twenty-something (Scarlett Johansson), and the two forge an unexpected connection.

The Movie: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

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The Journey: A young Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) tours South America by motorcycle with his best friend in the early fifties, and an awakening occurs that will shape his destiny.

The Movie: Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

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The Journey: Werner Herzog goes to the South Pole, where he meets various scientists and other memorable characters. In the process, we learn who would choose to live there, and why.

The Movie: The Trip (2010)

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The Journey: Steve Coogan is asked to do a culinary tour of Britain, and when his girlfriend cancels, invites fellow comedian Rob Brydon to tag along. Hilarity accompanies every course.

The Movie: Tracks (2013)

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The Journey: In this fact-based adventure, a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) decides to cross the Australian outback with her dog and four camels in 1977. It’s a dry but eventful nine months.

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journey noun [C] ( TRIP )

  • She gave the children some candy to chew on during the long car journey.
  • The journey was quite quick because the road was clear .
  • I expect you'd like to rest after your long journey.
  • We did the journey to Wales in five hours .
  • The train journey took us through a valley past rolling hills .
  • break-journey
  • circumnavigation

journey noun [C] ( EXPERIENCES )

  • adaptive evolution
  • advance the cause
  • advancement
  • formatively
  • from A to B idiom
  • punctuated equilibrium

journey noun [C] ( BOOK )

  • absorptive capacity
  • achievement gap
  • acquisition
  • know better (than someone ) idiom
  • know better (than to do something ) idiom
  • know something from something
  • know something like the back of your hand idiom
  • know your way around something idiom
  • orientation
  • recognition
  • study holiday
  • study under someone
  • subspeciality
  • subspecialize
  • around Robin Hood's barn idiom
  • baggage drop
  • communication
  • first class
  • peripatetically
  • public transportation
  • super-commuting

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The 95+ Best Movies With Journey in the Title


How many movies with journey in the title can you name? This list ranks the best movies with journey in the name, whether they're documentaries, dramas, horror movies, or any other genre of film. Do you have a favorite movie with journey in the title? Categorizing movies by words in their titles is kind of uncommon, but that's a big part of why this list is so fun to scroll through. There's probably one movie with journey in the title you think of right away, but you might be shocked to see how many others exist as well.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

A heartwarming tale about the unwavering loyalty of pets, this 1993 film follows two dogs and a cat as they embark on a treacherous journey across the American wilderness to reunite with their family. With perseverance, courage, and friendship, these furry heroes navigate various challenges and form an unbreakable bond. This timeless classic is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of viewers of all ages.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Brendan Fraser leads a thrilling expedition in this modern adaptation of Jules Verne's timeless classic. Alongside a dedicated group of explorers, they embark on a perilous descent into the Earth's core, encountering wondrous sights and dangerous obstacles along the way. A perfect blend of action, suspense, and adventure makes this film a must-watch.

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Get ready for a rollicking adventure in this 2012 sequel to the 2008 film. Join a young adventurer, his stepfather, and a helicopter pilot as they set out to find an elusive island rumored to be home to buried treasure, fantastical creatures, and more. Packed with stunning visuals and heart-pounding action sequences, this movie will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

This classic adaptation of Jules Verne's beloved novel takes viewers on a thrilling adventure deep beneath the Earth's surface. Starring James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl, the film whisks audiences away to an underground world filled with exotic creatures and dazzling landscapes. A visual masterpiece and true testament to the power of imagination.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

This rendition of Jules Verne's iconic novel stars Rick Schroder and offers a fresh perspective on the perilous descent to the Earth's core. The explorers encounter exceptional wonders and formidable challenges as they forge on, keeping viewers captivated throughout. Daring adventure and captivating visuals make this film an unforgettable experience.

The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey

Based on the novel by Sheila Burnford, this 1963 film follows the harrowing adventure of two dogs and a cat as they navigate the Canadian wilderness in search of their family. Their perseverance, courage, and friendship keep them determined to overcome every obstacle that comes their way. A truly inspiring story that showcases the unswerving loyalty of pets.

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

This adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play delves into the turbulent relationships within a deeply troubled family. With powerful performances and an emotionally raw script, the characters' pain and turmoil are felt throughout the film. A thought-provoking and ultimately heart-wrenching experience that showcases the complexities of familial bonds.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

In this sequel to the cult classic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure , our lovable slackers embark on a new comedic quest as they attempt to win the Battle of the Bands. This zany film is loaded with laughs, surreal situations, and even a few moments of wisdom. It's an excellent follow-up for fans of the original and newcomers alike.

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Set in the world of championship show choirs, this drama follows a talented young singer as she navigates the cutthroat world of high-stakes competition. Along the way, she learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, and finding her own voice. A powerful reminder that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Though not a traditional movie, this highly immersive theme park attraction offers fans of the beloved series a chance to become a part of the magic. As riders venture through Hogwarts Castle and its enchanted grounds, they experience unique sights, sounds, and even magical creatures from the Harry Potter universe. For fans young and old, it's an unforgettable part of the Wizarding World experience.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

This 2013 Chinese action-comedy film delivers a fresh take on the classic tale of the Monkey King and his journey to the west. With engaging characters, memorable fight sequences, and a healthy dose of humor, it's an entertaining blend of spectacle and heart. Fans of the original story and newcomers alike will find plenty to enjoy in this wildly imaginative film.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The first installment of Peter Jackson's acclaimed Hobbit trilogy introduces viewers to the incredible world of Middle-earth. As the young hobbit Bilbo Baggins sets off on an epic quest alongside a band of dwarves and the wise wizard Gandalf, they encounter legendary creatures, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling battles. This captivating film serves as both a prelude to The Lord of the Rings and a stand-alone tale of adventure.

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The Journey to Kafiristan

The Journey to Kafiristan

Based on a true story , this 2001 film explores the fascinating journey of two women, one a writer and the other a scientist, as they travel to the mysterious region of Kafiristan in 1939. Along the way, they face challenges both physical and emotional, ultimately discovering the transformative power of culture and human connection. A captivating exploration of identity, destiny, and the power of self-discovery.

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance

This Australian mockumentary shines a comedic light on the eccentric world of competitive dance. With a quirky cast of characters, hilarious situations, and surprising twists, it exposes the fierce rivalries that exist even in such a seemingly innocent pastime. A laugh-out-loud comedy that will leave viewers thoroughly entertained.

Dark Journey

Dark Journey

Set against the backdrop of World War I, this 1937 film stars Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt as two undercover agents who fall in love despite being on opposing sides. The suspenseful and emotional narrative keeps viewers engaged as they grapple with love, betrayal, and loyalty. A must-watch for fans of espionage thrillers and classic cinema.

Journey for Margaret

Journey for Margaret

This heartwarming film set during World War II focuses on a war correspondent who finds solace by helping two orphaned children find a new home. The emotional journey that unfolds showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the power of hope during trying times. An uplifting, poignant story that resonates across generations.

Desperate Journey

Desperate Journey

This World War II drama focuses on a group of Allied pilots who must navigate enemy territory after their plane is shot down. With cunning and teamwork, they battle against numerous threats while attempting to complete their mission. A classic war film packed with suspense and moments of triumph, it's sure to leave viewers inspired.

Gallant Journey

Gallant Journey

Chronicling the life and work of aviation pioneer John Montgomery, this 1946 biographical drama captures the spirit of innovation and determination that fueled his groundbreaking achievements. Filled with flying contraptions, daring feats, and human camaraderie, Gallant Journey is an inspiring tale of perseverance and achievement against all odds.

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

In this animated sequel to Disney's classic Pocahontas , our heroine sails across the Atlantic to negotiate peace between her people and the English settlers. As she adjusts to a new culture and faces powerful adversaries, Pocahontas comes to realize that her journey is far from over. The film offers a fresh perspective on a beloved character while continuing the themes of unity and understanding.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey into Night is a 1987 movie adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's renowned play. The film revolves around the Tyrone family, who gather together in their summer home and confront their past regrets, addiction, and strained relationships. Notable cast members include Jack Lemmon as James Tyrone, Kevin Spacey as Jamie Tyrone, and Bethel Leslie as Mary Tyrone. This emotionally charged drama delves into themes of familial dysfunction, the destructive power of addiction, and the search for redemption, leaving a lasting impact on both the genre and pop culture.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

This inspiring documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the most iconic children's television programs, Sesame Street , as it chronicles the life and career of puppeteer Kevin Clash. From a young age, Clash's passion for puppetry led him on an incredible journey, culminating in his role as the beloved character, Elmo. The film offers a heartwarming look at the man behind the magic, demonstrating the power of dreams and determination.

Winter Journey

Winter Journey

Based on the novel by George Clare, this poignant drama follows a Holocaust survivor's return to Europe to confront the ghosts of his past. In doing so, he must face his own guilt and learn to accept the love and support of those around him. A deeply moving exploration of grief, redemption, and the power of human connection.

Journey To The Christmas Star

Journey To The Christmas Star

In this Norwegian holiday film, a brave young girl sets out on a quest to find the legendary Christmas Star, believed to grant wishes. Along the way, she encounters magical creatures, treacherous landscapes, and a heartwarming tale of hope and love. A delightful family film that will enchant viewers during the holiday season.

Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey

Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey

This powerful documentary follows the struggles and triumphs of Jeff Key, a gay U.S. Marine who served in Iraq before deciding to take a stand against the military's discriminatory policies. Through personal interviews, footage from his experiences overseas, and his journey into activism, Semper Fi delivers a moving portrait of one man's fight for justice and acceptance.

The Desire: A Journey of a Women

The Desire: A Journey of a Women

An impactful portrayal of a woman's self-discovery, this Indian film delves into the life of a talented artist who embarks on a journey to find her true identity and desires. Along the way, she encounters challenges, both personal and professional, that ultimately shape her into a stronger and more self-aware individual. A thought-provoking and empowering tale that transcends cultural boundaries.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

This Canadian documentary offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of heavy metal music and its diverse fan base. Through candid interviews, live performances, and insightful commentary, the film explores the history, subgenres, and cultural impact of this often misunderstood musical genre. A must-watch for metal enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

Renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese narrates this engrossing documentary that delves into the world of American cinema. Providing his own insights, Scorsese pays homage to the films and filmmakers that have shaped and inspired his illustrious career. A captivating exploration of the art, history, and impact of American movies - a treat for film aficionados.

Journey Beyond Three Seas

Journey Beyond Three Seas

This historical drama from the Soviet Union recounts the adventures of a 15th-century Afanasy Nikitin, a Russian merchant who journeys to India. The film explores his encounters with different cultures, religions, and natural wonders as he navigates this unfamiliar land. A visually stunning and enlightening depiction of cross-cultural exploration.

Love's Long Journey

Love's Long Journey

The third installment of the beloved Love Comes Softly series, this heartwarming tale follows a newlywed couple as they embark on a perilous journey to start a new life on the Western frontier. Filled with triumphs and setbacks, the film is a touching testament to the resilience of human spirit and the power of love and faith.

The Journey

The Journey

Set during the height of the Cold War, this tense 1959 drama stars Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr as an American couple caught up in a political kidnapping. As they navigate a web of danger and deception, the film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. A gripping exploration of love, loyalty, and human connection during turbulent times.

The Journey of August King

The Journey of August King

This captivating period drama follows a grieving widower as he encounters a runaway slave during his journey back home in 1815. As they traverse the perilous mountain terrain together, the film explores themes of friendship, compassion, and the courage to defy societal norms. An unforgettable story of personal growth and the pursuit of freedom.

Journey to Mecca

Journey to Mecca

Narrated by Ben Kingsley, this captivating documentary tells the story of Ibn Battuta, a 14th-century explorer who embarked on a life-changing pilgrimage to Mecca. Stunning visuals, gripping storytelling, and a unique historical perspective make this film an immersive and enlightening experience for viewers of all ages and backgrounds.

Nina's Journey

Nina's Journey

Based on a true story, this powerful Holocaust drama chronicles the harrowing experiences of a young Jewish girl as she attempts to survive the Nazi occupation. With gripping performances and haunting visuals, the film serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Journey to the Beginning of Time

Journey to the Beginning of Time

Pioneering the use of stop-motion animation, this 1955 Czechoslovakian film follows a group of young boys as they embark on a prehistoric adventure through time. As they encounter various dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, the film offers viewers a delightful blend of education, adventure, and stunning visuals.

Journey to the Seventh Planet

Journey to the Seventh Planet

This 1962 sci-fi flick explores the fascinating concept of telepathy and extraterrestrial life as astronauts journey to Uranus, only to discover a mysterious force controlling their perceptions. With its thought-provoking narrative and impressive visual effects, the film remains a cult classic among science fiction fans.

Journey Back to Oz

Journey Back to Oz

This enchanting animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz brings Dorothy back to the magical land where she once again faces a wicked witch and helps her friends restore order. With enchanting new songs and beloved characters, this family film offers a heartwarming return to the world of Oz.

Broken Journey

Broken Journey

A gripping British drama set amidst the wreckage of a plane crash in the Swiss Alps, the survivors must work together to stay alive and reach civilization. As tensions rise and relationships are tested, the film delivers a poignant exploration of human nature under extreme conditions.

The Journey of Jared Price

The Journey of Jared Price

This coming-of-age drama follows the titular character as he leaves his small town for life in Los Angeles. As he navigates the challenges of young adulthood and self-discovery, the film offers an honest and empathetic portrayal of the universal struggles of growing up.

The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists

The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists

In this heartwarming installment of the beloved animated franchise, Littlefoot and friends embark on a daring rescue mission through uncharted territories filled with danger and wonder. With its timeless themes of friendship, courage, and adventure, this film continues to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages.

The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water

The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water

When their home is flooded, Littlefoot and his friends set out on a journey to find new sources of water in this captivating installment of the cherished animation series. Along the way, they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and the power of friendship.

Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan

Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan

In this delightful fantasy adventure, young witch Lilly is called upon to save the kingdom of Mandolan from an evil sorcerer. With humor, magic, and heart, this enchanting family film offers a captivating and empowering tale of courage and self-discovery.

The Journey of Natty Gann

The Journey of Natty Gann

This inspiring 1985 Disney film chronicles the cross-country journey of a young girl in search of her father during the Great Depression. As she encounters obstacles and befriends a wolf, Natty learns the value of resilience, determination, and the kindness of strangers.

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Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon

While this film was never released, it promised to be an exciting continuation of the Journey franchise, with Dwayne Johnson reprising his role as Hank and venturing to the moon for a thrilling adventure. Though the project didn't come to fruition, fans can still imagine the spectacular visuals and action-packed storyline that might have been.

Such a Long Journey

Such a Long Journey

Set in Mumbai during a tumultuous period in Indian history, this 1998 drama delves into the life of a bank clerk dealing with political and personal crises. A nuanced exploration of love, loyalty, and the complexities of human relationships, this critically acclaimed film offers a thought-provoking cinematic experience.

Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

This documentary by celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the historic expedition of Lewis and Clark as they explored the uncharted western territory of the United States. Through expert storytelling and compelling visuals, this film offers an engaging and educational view of an iconic American journey.

Journey to the Sun

Journey to the Sun

This Turkish drama depicts the unlikely friendship between two men from vastly different backgrounds as they bond over shared struggles in a politically charged environment. As their journey unfolds, they face the harsh realities of oppression, racism, and personal loss, while finding hope in their shared humanity.

Route 181—Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel

Route 181—Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel

In this thought-provoking documentary, filmmakers Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan explore the complicated history and intertwined lives of Palestinians and Israelis along Route 181, the border proposed in the 1947 UN Partition Plan. Through interviews, historical footage, and powerful storytelling, the film provides a unique and eye-opening perspective on this ongoing conflict.

Journey of the Heart: Henri Nouwen

Pokemon: journey to the johto league champion: vol. 3.

This animated adventure follows beloved Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum as he continues his quest to become a Johto League Champion. With exciting battles, new friends, and valuable lessons, this volume will captivate Pokemon fans and newcomers alike.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

In this independent adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel, viewers follow a group of explorers as they embark on a thrilling journey to the Earth's core. Starring Greg Evigan, the film breathes new life into the iconic story with stunning visuals and heart-pounding action sequences. A welcome addition to the world of science fiction and adventure films.

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Journey Into Amazing Caves

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Felicia's Journey

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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman

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Journey to Italy

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Movies about Journeys

Michelle Trachtenberg, Jessica Boehrs, Jacob Pitts, Travis Wester, and Scott Mechlowicz in EuroTrip (2004)

1. EuroTrip

Richard Farnsworth in The Straight Story (1999)

2. The Straight Story

Brad Pitt in Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

3. Seven Years in Tibet

A Map for Saturday (2007)

4. A Map for Saturday

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013)

5. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Qué tan lejos (2006)

6. Qué tan lejos

Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward (2011)

7. Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward

Tell It on the Mountain (2013)

8. Tell It on the Mountain

The Sojourners (2012)

9. The Sojourners

Riding Solo to the Top of the World (2006)

10. Riding Solo to the Top of the World

Joshua Jackson in One Week (2008)

11. One Week

Mile... Mile & a Half (2013)

12. Mile... Mile & a Half

Last Stop for Paul (2006)

13. Last Stop for Paul

Johnny Messner in The Art of Travel (2008)

14. The Art of Travel

The Sheltering Sky (1990)

15. The Sheltering Sky

Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love (2010)

16. Eat Pray Love

Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges (2008)

17. In Bruges

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

18. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me

Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, and Alexandru Potocean in The Way Back (2010)

19. The Way Back

Basak Köklükaya and Öykü Karayel in Something Useful (2017)

20. Something Useful

Reese Witherspoon in Wild (2014)

22. Into the Wild

Rachel Blanchard, Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo, Tom Green, and DJ Qualls in Road Trip (2000)

23. Road Trip

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[ jur -nee ]

a six-day journey across the desert.

Synonyms: tour , jaunt , excursion

a desert journey.

a week's journey.

the journey to success.

verb (used without object)

Synonyms: peregrinate , rove , roam

/ ˈdʒɜːnɪ /

  • a travelling from one place to another; trip or voyage
  • the distance travelled in a journey
  • the time taken to make a journey
  • intr to make a journey

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Derived forms.

  • ˈjourneyer , noun

Other Words From

  • journey·er noun
  • outjourney verb (used with object) outjourneyed outjourneying

Word History and Origins

Origin of journey 1

Synonym Study

Example sentences.

If either is selected, it would not launch until 2026 at the earliest, and would take at least a few months to make the journey.

The job is a cherry on top, but the journey and the experience of being able to audition and leave your heart in the room and feel good about it, no matter what happens, that’s rare and that was amazing.

Cross-device measurement helps connect the dots of your customer’s journey and ensures you know how effective your campaigns are at driving user behavior.

You are somewhat of a new grandmother and you’ve been enjoying that journey.

Instead of having numerous articles addressing each of these particular questions, brands and publishers could consolidate this information as it is all pertinent to the same stage of the journey that the user is in.

The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.

The next day, after driving to Putney on the outskirts of London, we start the end of our journey.

The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.

We began a journey with Koenig in the first episode of Serial.

But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.

With a hammer the boy knocked off some of the slats of the small box in which Squinty had made his journey.

Then summoning a smart young jemadar with whom he had talked a good deal during the journey, he asked him to read the chit.

But dismissing them from our thoughts for the time being, as we did then from our presence, let us continue our journey.

If the journey is now distasteful to her, she has but her own rashness to blame in having sought it herself.

It was past sundown when they left San Bernardino, but a full moon made the night as good as day for their journey.

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What Is The Plural Of Journey?

Plural word for  journey.

The plural form of journey is journeys (not journies ). Words that end with a – y preceded by a vowel ( a, e, i, o, u ) are made plural by adding an -s at the end, as in chimney / chimneys and monkey / monkeys . 

This can be confusing, because the plural form of words that end with a – y and are preceded by a consonant is made by changing the ending to -ies , as in party / parties , candy / candies , and duty / duties .

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What does  journey mean.

A journey is a trip, especially one to a faraway place that takes place over a long period of time.

The word trip can refer to any instance of traveling from one place to another, no matter how long or short it is. The word journey , though, typically implies a long trip—one that’s at least several hours, and perhaps several months or even years. It also often implies adventure—a journey might even be a quest . A journey may or may not have a planned destination other than whatever lies ahead.

The word is also commonly used in a figurative way to liken any lengthy process or progress to such a trip, as in Life is a journey, with many interesting detours. 

Journey can also be used as a verb meaning to make a long trip, as in We must journey to the land beyond the mountains.

Example: My favorite books are about people who make epic journeys around the world.

Where does  journey come from?

The first records of the word journey come from around the 1200s. It comes from the Middle English word journee , meaning “day,” ultimately from unattested Vulgar Latin diurnāta , meaning “a day’s time” or “a day’s work.” In English, the meaning of the word journey originally meant something like “a day’s travel,” but eventually came to mean “a long trip.”

A journey can last a day but the word usually refers to longer trips. The word is sometimes preceded with the mode of transportation that’s used, as in The city is reachable only by a long train journey. Discussion of journeys often involves their destination or purpose. When people say, “It’s the journey , not the destination,” they mean that the significance and value of a journey is what happens along the way, from moment to moment, as opposed to the achievement of its ultimate goal.

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What are some other forms related to journey ?

  • journeyer (noun)
  • outjourney (verb)

What are some synonyms for journey ?

What are some words that share a root or word element with journey ? 

What are some words that often get used in discussing journey ?

  • destination

How is  journey used in real life?

Journey is very commonly used in a figurative way.

I ask you to accompany me on my journey to Chile and Peru in your prayers. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 15, 2018
Life is indeed a journey. Successful is he who can navigate the ups and downs without losing his balance. Don’t dwell on your past, don’t wallow in self-pity, don’t repeat your mistakes, don’t focus on negativity, help others along the way, spread kindness wherever you go! — Mufti Menk (@muftimenk) August 17, 2020
Some people around us will not understand our journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) May 4, 2019

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Which of the following words is a synonym of journey ?

A. voyage B. trip C. trek D. all of the above

Filmmaking Lifestyle

Definitions of the Journey and Some Advice

journey film definition

I recently had a conversation with a filmmaker friend who was questioning his path in life and whether filmmaking was the right thing for him.

I approached my response to him in an unusual way. It’s an approach I don’t use very often…if at all.

This post will discuss the conversation and both sides of the argument as to whether filmmaking is a career pursuit for everyone (or even anyone ;))

A Question To Consider

The first thing I did was question whether this is really the right path for him – whether filmmaking’s really for him.

I mean, if he’s feeling as bad as he was about his chosen career path and breaking into the movie industry , is this really the path for him?

I didn’t want to feed more fear into my friend. I just wanted him to ask the question about whether this is the right path for him. I think I gave a lot of motivational advice in my chat with him, but I wanted the question to be asked as well.

I feel it’s an important point of discussion that gets overlooked in a lot of places.

journey film definition

For all I know, anyone reading this may have huge career obstacles right now that are preventing them from committing fully to the journey . Whatever that ‘journey’ is to you.

Being Creative Doesn’t Mean You’re A Filmmaker

My point is wider, I suppose, and comments on the nature of moviemaking being subscribed to any person who has that twinkle of creativity in their eye when sometimes it’s just not right for them. There’s a lot of money in movies, so folks out there will try and push seminar sales, book numbers, DVD sales, etc.

When talking to the friend I mentioned above, he mentioned his fears about turning into somebody that he’s not. He was worried that really getting into the industry may be more detrimental to him than he had previously thought.

The thing is if all other areas of your life are in balance, and you believe that this is the path for you, then there’s nothing wrong with going as far as you want with this!

It’s all balance . If one area’s out of touch with the others, then it’s time for some changes to be made!

If anything, you’ll find that mastering the skills of filmmaking will improve the other areas as well! That’s when things really start getting cool.

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The Hero's Journey Outline

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development.  It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.


The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma.  The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history.  Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.

Example: In The Lord of the Rings Frodo is content living his life in Shire with his friends and family.

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Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change. 

Frodo receives the One Ring from Bilbo. Gandalf explains to Frodo what the Ring of Power is and why it is so significant ,and that it must be destroyed .

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 The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly.  Alternately, another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead.

Frodo is reluctant to leave the Shire and offers Gandalf the ring which he refuses. It is only when Ringwraiths come to the Shire looking for him and the ring he realizes he will never be safe as long as the ring exits. 

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The hero comes across a seasoned traveler of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey.  Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.The mentor can go so far with the hero.  Eventually the hero must face the unknown by himself.  Sometimes the Wise Old Man/Woman is required to give the hero a swift kick in the pants to get the adventure going.

Frodo takes The One Ring to Rivendell were a Fellowship of Man, Dwarf, and Elf are formed, to help Frodo take the ring to Mordor to be destroyed. 

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At the end of Act One, the hero commits to leaving the Ordinary World and entering a new region or condition with unfamiliar rules and values. The hero fully enters the special world of the story for the first time.  This is the moment at which the story takes off and the adventure gets going.The hero is now committed to his/her journey and there’s no turning back.

Frodo sets out from Rivendell with the Fellowship to Mount Doom in Mordor, the only place where the One Ring can be destroyed.

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The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World. The hero is forced to make allies and enemies in the special world, and to pass certain tests and challenges that are part of his/her training. 

Along the way Frodo and the Fellowship encounter many test, allies and enemies-

  • Journey's over a mountain pass 
  • Escape a Balrog losing Gandalf in the process
  • Receive aid from Galadriel and the elves 
  • Being separated from the rest of the Fellowship
  • Almost captured by Saruman's forces
  • Is attack by Gollum then later receives help from him to get to Mordor  
  • Nearly eaten by a carnivorous spider called Shelob

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The hero and newfound allies prepare for the major challenge in the Special world.The hero comes at last to a dangerous place, often deep underground, where the object of the quest is hidden. Sometimes it’s just the hero going into his/her own dream world to confront fears and overcome them.

Frodo must depart from the Fellowship with Sam to continue journeying to Mount Doom. Frodo and Sam use Gollum as their guide into the depths of Mount Doom.

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Near the middle of the story, the hero enters a central space in the Special World and confronts death or faces his or her greatest fear.  Out of the moment of death comes a new life. This is the moment at which the hero touches bottom.  He/she faces the possibility of death, brought to the brink in a fight with a mythical beast.  For us, the audience standing outside the cave waiting for the victor to emerge, it’s a black moment.

Aragon and the others lead an assault with the armies of Rohan and Gondor as a detraction to draw Sauron eye away from Frodo and Sam. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam make it to Mount Doom about to destroy the Ring into the lava when Frodo is corrupted by the Rings power and decides to keep it for himself. Gollum then attacks Frodo bitting off his finger and falling into the mountain finally destroying the Ring. 

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The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.  There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.Having survived death, beaten the dragon, slain the Minotaur, her hero now takes possession of the treasure he’s come seeking.  Sometimes it’s a special weapon like a magic sword or it may be a token like the Grail or some elixir which can heal the wounded land.

The reward is the destruction of the One Ring and the victory over the forces of Sauron.

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 About three-fourths of the way through the story, the hero is driven to complete the adventure, leaving the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home.  Often a chase scene signals the urgency and danger of the mission.The hero’s not out of the woods yet.  Some of the best chase scenes come at this point, as the hero is pursued by the vengeful forces from whom he has stolen the elixir or the treasure.

Frodo and Sam are rescued by Gandalf and the eagles. Frodo then falls unconscious from extreme mental and physical exhaustion. 

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 At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.  He or she is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level.  By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved.The hero emerges from the special world, transformed by his/her experience.  There is often a replay here of the mock death-and-rebirth of Stage 8, as the hero once again faces death and survives. 

Frodo awakes several weeks after the conflict and is greet by the surviving members of the Fellowship. Aragon marries his long time love Arwen and ascends to the throne. 

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The hero returns home or continues the journey, bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed. 

The hero comes back to the ordinary world, but the adventure would be meaningless unless he/she brought back the elixir, treasure, or some lesson from the special world.  Sometimes it’s just knowledge or experience, but unless he comes back with the elixir or some boon to mankind, he’s doomed to repeat the adventure until he does.  Many comedies use this ending, as a foolish character refuses to learn his lesson and embarks on the same folly that got him in trouble in the first place.

Sometimes the boon is treasure won on the quest, or love, or just the knowledge that the special world exists and can be survived.  Sometimes it’s just coming home with a good story to tell.

Frodo returners to the Shire with stronger tires and friendships. He eventually journeys with Gandalf, Bilbo, Elrond, Celeborn and Galadriel to the Grey Havens the undying lands to live in peacefully.

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Definition of journey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • They went on a long train journey across India.
  • to begin/continue/complete a journey
  • Many refugees made the journey alone.
  • Did you have a good journey?
  • the outward/return journey
  • We broke our journey (= stopped for a short time) in Madrid.
  • (British English) Don't use the car for short journeys.
  • It's a day's journey by car.
  • The average journey time is about 50 minutes.
  • on a journey She took her sister with her to keep her company on the journey.
  • journey from… Devizes is a two-hour journey from London.
  • journey to… It is unclear why he embarked on his final journey to Vienna.
  • (British English) I'm afraid you've had a wasted journey (= you cannot do what you have come to do) .
  • (informal) Bye! Safe journey! (= used when somebody is beginning a journey)
  • a business trip
  • a five-minute trip by taxi
  • a long and difficult journey across the mountains
  • a tour of Bavaria
  • the first expedition to the South Pole
  • We went on an all-day excursion to the island.
  • The children were on a day’s outing from school.
  • We had a day out at the beach.
  • a(n) foreign/​overseas trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition
  • a bus/​coach/​train/​rail trip/​journey/​tour
  • to go on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion/​outing/​day out
  • to set out/​off on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion
  • to make a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion
  • destination
  • measures to cut the number of car journeys into the city
  • He is planning a journey through Europe this summer.
  • People were crammed onto ships for the dangerous journey across the Atlantic.
  • Dawn was breaking as we set out on the last leg of our journey.
  • Few people have made this journey and lived to tell the tale.
  • He made the emotional journey back to the house he grew up in.
  • He wrote a column chronicling his journeys around the Americas.
  • Her search took her on an incredible journey across the world.
  • The bus driver told us where to change buses for our onward journey.
  • The bus journey from London to Athens took 60 hours.
  • The journey continued in silence.
  • The journey takes about five hours.
  • They continued their journey on foot.
  • They doubted that he would survive the journey to the nearest hospital.
  • They were on a journey to the Far East.
  • This is the story of the first astronauts and their journey into the unknown.
  • take (somebody)
  • be tired after a journey
  • be tired from a journey
  • a leg of a journey

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What does journey mean?

Definitions for journey ˈdʒɜr ni jour·ney, this dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word journey ., princeton's wordnet rate this definition: 3.0 / 1 vote.

journey, journeying verb

the act of traveling from one place to another

travel, journey verb

undertake a journey or trip

travel upon or across

"travel the oceans"

GCIDE Rate this definition: 4.7 / 3 votes

Journey noun

The distance that is traveled in a journey, or the time taken to complete a journey; as, it's a two-day journey from the oasis into Cairo by camel; from Mecca to Samarkand is quite a journey.

A passage through life, or a passage through any significant experience, or from one state to another.

Wiktionary Rate this definition: 1.5 / 2 votes

journey noun

A set amount of travelling, seen as a single unit; a discrete trip, a voyage.

A day's travelling; the distance travelled in a day.

A day's work.

  • journey verb

To travel, to make a trip or voyage.

Wikipedia Rate this definition: 0.0 / 0 votes

"The Journey is a song by English boy band 911 . It was released on 30 June 1997 in the United Kingdom through Virgin Records as the sixth and final single from their debut studio album, The Journey (1997). It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the chart for seven weeks.

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A journey refers to the act of traveling from one place to another, typically involving a long distance. It can also refer to the process or experience of personal growth, development, or transformation, often involving challenges, learning, and self-discovery. Journeys can be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual in nature and can take various forms such as road trips, exploration of new territories, pursuit of goals or dreams, or the passage through different stages of life.

Webster Dictionary Rate this definition: 1.0 / 1 vote

the travel or work of a day

travel or passage from one place to another; hence, figuratively, a passage through life

Journey verb

to travel from place to place; to go from home to a distance

to traverse; to travel over or through

Etymology: [OE. jornee, journee, prop., a day's journey, OF. jorne, jurne, a day, a day's work of journey, F. journe, fr. OF. jorn, jurn, jor a day, F. jour, fr. L. diurnus. See Journal.]

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Journey is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981's "Don't Stop Believin'", which became in 2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Its parent studio album, Escape, the band's eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, "Open Arms". Its 1983 follow-up, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band's appeal in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Journey enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid-1990s, and later regrouped with a series of lead singers. Sales have resulted in two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and one diamond album. They have had eighteen Top 40 singles in the US, six of which reached the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and two of which reached No. 1 on other Billboard charts, and a No. 6 hit on the UK Singles Chart in "Don't Stop Believin'". Originally a progressive rock band, Journey was described by Allmusic as having cemented a reputation as "one of America's most beloved commercial rock/pop bands" by 1978, when they redefined their sound by embracing traditional pop arrangements on their fourth album, Infinity. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey has sold 47 million albums in the US, making them the 28th best selling band. Their worldwide sales have reached over 80 million albums. A 2005 USA Today opinion poll named Journey the fifth best American rock band in history. Their songs have become arena rock staples and are still played on rock radio stations across the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary Rate this definition: 0.0 / 0 votes

jur′ni, n. any travel: tour: excursion: the weight of finished coins delivered at one time to the Master of the Mint—also Jour′ney-weight .— v.i. Jour′ney , to travel:— pr.p. jour′neying; pa.p. jour′neyed (-nid).— adj. Jour′ney-bat′ed ( Shak. ), wayworn.— ns. Jour′neyman , one who works by the day: any hired workman: one whose apprenticeship is completed; Jour′ney-work , work done by a journeyman or for hire. [Fr. journée — jour , a day—L. diurnus .]

Editors Contribution Rate this definition: 0.0 / 0 votes

A form of travel from a place to a specific location of choice.

The journey to Wales is easy and simple as we fly.

Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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Song lyrics by journey -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by journey on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records Rate this definition: 0.0 / 0 votes

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Journey is ranked #18198 in terms of the most common surnames in America. The Journey surname appeared 1,529 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Journey . 69.3% or 1,061 total occurrences were White . 22.8% or 349 total occurrences were Black . 3.3% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin. 3.1% or 48 total occurrences were of two or more races . 0.9% or 14 total occurrences were Asian . 0.3% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native .

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Rank popularity for the word 'journey' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2169

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Rank popularity for the word 'journey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2603

Nouns Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'journey' in Nouns Frequency: #844

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Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of journey in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of journey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of journey in a Sentence

Spencer Stone :

Thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement during this challenging time, i'm focused now on healing and recovering and look forward to the next part of my journey .

Rainer Maria Rilke :

The only journey is the one within.

Barack Obama :

My view is that this is the beginning, not the end, of what is going to be a journey that takes some time.

Tristain Shury :

To achieve growth, you have to be willing to sacrifice the time and make the difficult but necessary changes. There can be no change without risks, and there can be no growth without changes. Take the leap today, the journey starts with you.

Chris Lemanski :

I was going through a pretty bad depression, i was kind of ready to give up and say the hell with it. The young man asked his cousin for advice on how to clear his head and he told him to take a long walk. Lemanski did just that. The traveler decided to make the journey in April 2016 after going through a period of depression. (Chris Lemanski ) In April 2016, Lemanski decided on the journey after looking up trails and saw one that went from Portugal to Istanbul, Turkey. The traveler said everything appeared to shift into place after he purchased a cheap ticket to Istanbul. Lemanski made the trek in 18 months, three of those months he was stuck in Morocco after he overstayed his visa for about three months. However, he was able to sneak out of the country and catch a boat to Germany where he continued his journey . As for how much money he spent in 18 months, Lemanski said he saved and people were generous.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

  • ^  Princeton's WordNet http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=journey
  • ^  GCIDE https://gcide.gnu.org.ua/?q=journey
  • ^  Wiktionary https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Journey
  • ^  Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey
  • ^  ChatGPT https://chat.openai.com
  • ^  Webster Dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journey
  • ^  Wikidata https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.php?search=journey
  • ^  Chambers 20th Century Dictionary https://www.gutenberg.org/files/37683/37683-h/37683-h.htm#:~:text=journey
  • ^  Surnames Frequency by Census Records https://www.census.gov/topics/population/genealogy/data/2010_surnames.html

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