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All About Flashbacks

Dave Trottier, AKA Dr. Format, explains although you often hear the advice to avoid flashbacks, they’re perfectly legitimate if used properly.

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Specs & The City: Flash-Forward and Inception

A bit ago, I took a look at that perennially overused and criminally mishandled screenwriting tactic – the Flashback. I got a lot of great feedback on that column – people, it seemed, were hungry for any information they could get their hands on about how to best manage transitions of time in their...

Meet the Reader: How Not To Annoy a Reader

At various times in the history of this column, I have been known to sound off about the tricks, trends and proclivities of screenwriters that annoy, irritate or otherwise torture poor, underpaid script readers such as myself.