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as we discussed in the last video a character may face many obstacles these obstacles can prevent a character from getting what they want or achieving what they need the choices the character makes in response to obstacles and how the character changes as a result can be referred to as character arc something I like to think of is character obstacle gold and the character to get to their goal has to go deal with this obstacle the obstacles are what makes them who they are what makes them change into this new person and that really constitutes the arc and if you actually study a lot of the movies and stories that you read the character starts off actually in there kind of basic form still about to be formed and the characters that they end up being at the end of the movie actually is there a higher version they're better they don't get to go there unless they meet the challenges and the kind of pressure that will make them better versions of yourself without obstacles the characters just add a you know a flat line and when the obstacle comes it helps to push the character into the arc until they hit the hardest obstacle that they have to face at the climax and then from there that they're able to complete there so without obstacles I don't think that the art would even exist in Incredibles we have a very clear very external obstacle of dama droid syndrome and Vice Bob over to the island and he says here's this big droid let's see if you can test it fight it and Bob bites it it's a very close battle with at first on the droids but he barely beats it it takes everything he has but he doesn't he's victorious he feels good but we as an audience know okay these guys are about on par the next time he's invited back beyond the Droid wins and Bob gets captured so now we know okay the obstacle is bigger than the hero and that reflects his his learning art he needs to learn that the family is his big journey the families will make some a hero so at the end of the film we get the on the droid again but this time you have the entire family as supers and our question is are they as a family enough to stop this thing of course the answer is yes so friends as security incredible nothing about incredible [Music] until Incredibles - so all stories have some kind of transformation and it's really compelling to watch a transformation happen whether it is your character or if your character makes a transformation in the world sometimes a character might not have a big change but they will impact the world around them and that's also very interesting so an obstacle that the character face is like join what the character wants was to make Riley happy all the time what happens is she falls into the memorator this is a major obstacle in the movie the emotion of joy is going to be inaccessible to Riley for good and inside the memory dump she plays a memory what happens to Riley when she is challenged and Shira plays a memory she realizes that the only reason that Riley actually is happy is because she actually goes through of faith when she was sad now she knows what she needs Riley needs sadness and now the action changes joy is going to move heaven and earth to make sure that sadness gets back to headquarters more important than her own go she'll realize that Riley is actually much better with sadness and fear disgust and all the other emotions in her life in order to make Riley completely happy so when we actually watch movies when characters achieve something simply by just walking through a door it doesn't feel authentic in fact we don't think the character deserves we want the characters to actually work for it because we also know that if you get something for practically nothing you won't value it a characters are defines the change or transformation a character undergoes from the beginning of a story to the end we'll explore structure further or the next lesson but for now in this next exercise you'll have a chance to identify character arcs in the build view love as well as brainstorm possible arcs for characters you want to create