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1. Overcoming the monster

Explore how the 'Overcoming the Monster' plot archetype can be used in commercial creativity using an example of D&AD awarded work from our archive.
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Dear Candidate, thank you for your application to our ballet academy.
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Unfortunately, you have not been accepted.
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You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet. And at 13, you are too old to be considered.
I Will What I Want – Misty
Agency: Droga5 / Client: Under Armour
Wood Pencil / Branded Film Content & Entertainment / 2015
Overcoming the Monster Recap
There is an evil force threatening our hero/their world/mankind. The hero must fight and slay this monster, which often isn’t easy, but they come out triumphant, and receive a great reward.
Two Minute Task
While you’re watching the video, think about the following:
  • What is the ‘monster’ in this example?
  • How does Misty overcome it?
  • What other examples can you think of that use this archetype?
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