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What is a Story Deconstruction?

Here are a few hundred basic, first-draft, highly simplified story deconstructions by Kal Bashir.

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Basic Deconstructions

Below are a few hundred basic, first-draft, highly simplified story deconstructions by Kal Bashir.

IMPORTANT: These are very rough and general deconstructions meant to simply illustrate that the story follows the pattern described in the 2000+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State. For other basic deconstructions, you may also want to search Kal Bashir’s youtube channel .

DO NOT attempt to write a story by following these deconstructions – they contain inaccuracies, critical stages have been omitted and they do not benefit from the latest insights; if you need an accurate deconstruction of this story, place an order at

These basic, first-draft, highly simplified story deconstructions illustrate that:

All these stories have the same structural core: there is only one story and that is the pattern of the 2000+ stage Hero's Journey And Transformation Through A New World / State

The Hero's Journey / Transformation / New World fit.

The rigid structure that all stories conform to.

The diversity and novelty that can be derived from a core template.
In all of the deconstructed stories:
There is a movement between Worlds.

A Transformation occurs.

There is Detachment and Attachment. See the Advanced Worksheets.

There is the Gaining of Capacities.

All the mandatory stages of the journey process are passed through. Though the story may not directly pass through an optional stage, elements / references of that stage may be present.

40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Alien (1979)
Amadeus (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1983)
American Beauty (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1999)
American Splendor (2003)
American Werewolf in London (1981)
Annie Hall (1977)
Back to the Future (1985)
Bagdad Cafe (1987)
Beautiful Mind (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 2001)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Blade Runner (100 Greatest Films, 1982)
Braveheart (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1995)
Bullitt (1968)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Capote (2005)
Casablanca (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1943)
Chicago (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 2002)
Chinatown (1974)
Chopper (2000)
Citizen Kane (100 Greatest Films, 1941)
Color of Money (1986)
Color Purple (1985)
Commando (1985)
Constant Gardener (2005)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Academy Award Winner Best Film Nominee, 2000)
Dances with Wolves (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1990)
Dead Poets Society (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1989)
Deer Hunter (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1978)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Dozen (1967)
Dirty Harry (1971)
El Cid (1961)
Elizabethtown (2005)
Empire Strikes Back (100 Greatest Films, 1980)
English Patient (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1996)
ET - The Extra Terrestrial (100 Greatest Films, 1982)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Fargo (1996)
Fiddler on the Roof (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1971)
Fistful of Dynamite (1971)
Forrest Gump (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1994)
From Here to Eternity (Academy Award Winner, 1953)
French Connection (1971)
Get Carter (1971) [the superior English version]
Get Shorty (1995)
Ghandi (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1982)
Ghostbusters (1984) [Hero's Journey, basic]
Gladiator (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 2000)
Godfather (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1972)
Goldfinger (1964)
Good Night and Good Luck (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 2005)
Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (Academy Award Best Film Nominee, 1990)
Graduate (1967)
Great Escape (1963)
Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Harder they Fall (1956)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
History of Violence (2005)
Hooper (1978)
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Incredibles (2004)
[In the] Heat of the Night (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1967)
Italian Job (1969)
Jarhead (2005)
Jaws (100 Greatest Films, Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1975)
Jungle Book (1967)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Kaalia (Bollywood, 1981)
King Kong (2005)
Last Emperor (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1987)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lord of War (2005)
Magnificent Seven (1960)
Manhatten (1979)
Matrix (1999)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Men in Black (1997)
Midnight Cowboy (Academy Award Winner, 100 Greatest Films, 1969)
Million Dollar Baby (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 2004)
Mission Impossible (1996)
[Chronicles of] Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Oceans Eleven (2001)
[An] Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Omen (1976)
Once were Warriors (1994)
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 100 Greatest Films, 1975)
On the Waterfront (100 Greatest Films, 1954)
Out of Africa (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1985)
Papillon (1973)
Planet of the Apes (Greatest Films, 1968)
Platoon (Academy Award Best Film, 1986)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1994)
Raging Bull (Academy Award Best Film Nominee, 1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Red River (100 Greatest films, 1948)
Rocky (Academy Award Best Film, 1976)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Scarface (1983)
Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award Winner, Best Film, 1998)
Shawshank Redemption (Academy Award Best Film Nominee, 1994)
Schindler's List (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1993)
Shine (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1996)
Shrek (2001)
Silence of the Lambs (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1991)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Sound of Music (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1965)
Spiderman 2 (2004)
Spartacus (1960)
Star Wars (100 Greatest Films, 1977)
Sting (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1973)
Superman (1978)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Syriana (2005)
Taxi Driver (100 Greatest Films, 1976)
Terms of Endearment (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1983)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Third Man (100 Greatest Films, 1949)
Tin Men (1987)
Titanic (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1997)
Tootsie (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 1982)
Top Gun (1986)
Trading Places (1983)
Transamerica (2005)
Tsotsi (2005)
Unforgiven (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1992)
Vertigo (1958)
Walk the Line (2005)
Wall Street (1987)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Wild Bunch (100 Greatest Films, 1969)
Wizard of Oz (Academy Award Best Film Nominee, 1939)
When Harry met Sally (1989)
[It's a] Wonderful Life (Academy Award Nominee Best Film, 100 Greatest Films, 1946)
X-Men (2000)


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