A look at the craft of juggling multiple narratives through careful editing.
As South Park‘s Trey Parker advises for good storytelling, each edit point (or when you cut, and to what) shouldn’t simply say “and then”, but rather “but” or “therefore”. The diagram below comes courtesy of This Guy Edits, who has a bunch of tips for how to put these ideas into practice in your edit – which we look at over here:
This technique can scale to include more storylines – but as the complexity grows, so do the number of opportunities to fail. Lessons from the Screenplay examines Christopher Nolan‘s use of cross-cutting – when it works, when it doesn’t, and why: