Screenwriting Tip: One way to deal with Multiple Time Jumps

Scott Meyers offers an interesting trick to manage time jumps by as exampled in movies like Citizen Kane and The Social Network.

Citizen Kane

Here’s the problem with multiple time jumps:

How to do that and create a sense of pace and narrative drive?

How to sustain a script reader’s attention so they make those time jumps with you and not get lost or lose interest in your story?

One solution: Create a narrative device in the present that allows you to pluck out the most important and entertaining scenes and sequences in the past. Then while cutting out the dull parts, you can pull together those elements into a coherent and compelling narrative.

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