Greg Smith

Day 2, Breakout Session 2: Panel Discussion

Abstract: We’ll go over, in broad strokes, classic three act American film structure, generally as it incorporates the idea of The Hero’s Journey, then specifically as that applies to the Peter Jackson film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Consideration will be given to how the creative process can be enhanced, working within a well delineated structure. Finally these lessons will be extended to our real lives: How can you apply the structural elements of the screenplay to achieve the goal of your own personal Hero’s Journey? What is your Ordinary World? Have you had an Inciting Incident yet? Can you create one? Who are your Threshold Guardians, and how do you find them? Not sure we can always find the answers, but asking the questions is a good starting framework.

From the purple “art” he, at age four, joyfully added to the walls of a home just as his family was moving out, to his current visionary roles with the Doña Ana Arts Council and the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District, Greg Smith has been stirring things up in the creative economy for most of his life. Originally training and working in the architectural field, he has done that, along with teaching, elected office, and advocacy for the power of art in our community.

So, as we watch many traditional careers either disappear or transform radically, Greg has been focused on the human work that will manage to survive or conceivably develop in the future.

 The arts, in their infinite variety, hold promise for much that we and those who will follow us will do in the coming years.

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