Continuing with the Ira Glass cycle. (I hope he never reads this and discovers my strange obsession with his work).
Alright, this time we are going to look at the second most important element of telling a good story, the moment of reflection. First, I’d like you to watch this clip from Robot Chicken, and consider the last Michael Bay movie you saw. Now, I know you probably can’t remember anything past the car chases, explosions and exploding car chases but even Mr. Bay knows that telling a good story means more than stringing together random strings of high-end special effects.
No, seriously. He knows it, I’d put money on it.
Sometimes, you have to look at what all of that flying metal means.
That’s what Ira is trying to say (watch the video from the last segment if you forgot), action only works when it is seasoned with moments of reflection. With characters taking the time to look at what the plot means to them in the greater scheme of things. Make certain that your characters, whether you are filming a documentary or writing fiction, have a soul and that they are willing to reflect on where the action as taken them.