This week’s video uses Cecil
B. DeMille’s classic film The Ten
Commandments to discuss the problems of focusing on spectacle rather than
character in the third act.
Video Transcript: In the posts on my blog, we’ve spent the last couple months talking about story structure, and one of those posts was devoted entirely to the climax. However, in writing that post, there was one pitfall of the climax that I didn’t touch upon. I recently re-watched one of my favorite Biblical epics, Cecil B. DeMille’s classic The Ten Commandments. The movie is full of color and spectacle and, even more importantly, character development. It spends the first three-quarters of the story presenting a plausible and compelling version of the personal character arc of Moses. But when it reaches the third act, something happens, and it’s something not so good.
Story by K.M. Weiland