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Drama

Explorative strategies

Cross-cutting

Cross-cutting is what you do after you've created a series of scenes or sequences, and you re-order them to create a drama that goes forwards and backwards in time.

Why use cross-cutting? What can it add to a drama?

Sometimes a drama that starts and carries on in a linear [linear: To follow a series of events in real-time without the use of flash-backs or flash-forwards ] manner can be too predictable, which makes it boring to watch. With cross-cutting we can show the moment when something important happened in the past (using a flash-back), or we can move the drama forward in time (using a flash-forward). In this way the action can be broken up to enhance tension or the narrative.

NB - the cross-cutting video example can be found on the next page, with the hot-seating video.

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