The Non-Superheroes: A Look at the Ordinary Guys in Fantasy Adventures
McGee, Andrea D.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Dramatic Writing
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Dramatic Writing
Works cited: pages 128-129
"This thesis will explore how Fantasy and Adventure films not only rely on explosions, daring escapes and outrageous fight scenes, but they also focus on the Non-Superhero and the relationships they build with other characters. The Non-Superhero begins as an ordinary person who is thrown into an extraordinary situation, often due to no fault of their own. They do not possess any super powers and usually are of average intelligence and heroics. The way in which the 'Average Joe' becomes a hero is how they respond after the call to adventure. This thesis focuses on 'The Trouble with Mermaids', a feature screenplay about a man struggling to get over a family tragedy. He reconnects with his grandfather by going on a quest to find a legendary creature. The bonds this Non-Superhero forms with his grandfather and the crew of a rickety boat, the Mandolin Wind, is just as important to this adventure as the mermaids themselves. By comparing 'The Trouble with Mermaids' to five films within the same genre, this thesis will prove that there is much more to fantasy and adventure than the fantasy and adventure."
Includes the screenplay "The Trouble with Mermaids" / written by Andrea D. McGee.
Keywords: family, adventure, hero, Average Joe, mermaids, relationships, family, ocean, non-superhero
CHAIR: Auer, Chris
PDF : 129 pages
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