Rules for Writing Flashbacks
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Writing a movie script with flashbacks is hard to get right and easy to get wrong. In this how-to video, instructor Crickett Rumley cautions screenwriters about the mistakes often made in writing flashbacks into a story and how to nail a flashback scene. By analyzing popular scenes in films such as Blue Jasmine, Juno, Superbad and Finding Nemo, Rumley will walk viewers through a step-by-step process of writing a movie script with flashbacks that are crucial to the story.
In this how-to video, you’ll learn:
- The eight rules for writing flashbacks
- How to use these rules with precision
- The definition of the term flashback and the advantages and disadvantages to using them
- Common mistakes writers make when writing flashbacks
Learn how to write flashbacks that augment your story and elaborate on key events. The first step is determining the function of your flashback and working forwards from there. This how-to video explains how you can take a critical look at your plot and see if flashbacks serve a necessary function for the audience understanding your characters or if they should be left out.
You’ll love this video if you want to:
- Learn how to effectively write flashbacks into your stories
- See examples of correct and incorrect use of flashbacks
- Know exactly what constitutes a flashback and why so many writers get it wrong
- Publisher Script Magazine Productions
- Instructor Crickett Rumley
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Meet the Instructor: Crickett Rumley
A daughter of the American South, Crickett Rumley was born in eastern North Carolina and has been traveling ever since! As a Coast Guard brat, she grew up on bodies of water in Alabama, Washington state, and Puerto Rico. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a degree in Latin American Studies, learned Spanish in Bogotá, Colombia, and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Film at Columbia University in New York.
After working for writer-director John Sayles and actress Julia Roberts, Crickett started teaching screenwriting at the New York Film Academy in New York. She also worked for the Telluride Film Festival, lectured at the Gr...