Dr. Monica Torres

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote

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.

Dr. Mónica Torres has been at Doña Ana Community College for eight years—first, as vice-president for academic affairs and, since 2019, as president. Prior to that, she was an associate professor in the English department at New Mexico State University.

Her work was focused on 20th century uses of word and image in both academic and popular cultures as they shaped our understanding of race/ethnicity, gender, and class in the United States.

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