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Nonlinear Timelines

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Re: Nonlinear Timelines

Postby updog » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:19 am

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Re: Nonlinear Timelines

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Re: Nonlinear Timelines

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Re: Nonlinear Timelines

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But what do you guys think about nonlinear timelines?
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Re: Nonlinear Timelines

Postby DrG2 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:36 pm

OK, I'll put a couple of straw men out:
1) Never cut away from a "cliffhanger" to a scene of backstory (unless that backstory is directly related to the solution of that cliffhanger).
2) Never cut away from a "cliffhanger" to a scene in another location unless one of two things are happening: a) a scene of equal urgency, or b) a plot thread that will intersect the cliffhanger plot thread very soon. Ideally, it will be a scene that is happening coincidentally to the cliffhanger scene.

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