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If the device being referred to is not a subversion of the cavalry trope (which does not require a regular unit of cavalry) then it falls in the heroic bloodshed trope The heroic bloodshed trope Characters spin, roll, and dive across the room while blasting away during shootouts, often with two guns at once (see page on tvtropes). The cavalry trope The ...


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You are essentially doing a freeze frame, which is a common technique in screenwriting and filmmaking, even if you want the freeze frame to be displayed in a particular way. Various sources such as this page suggests indicating freeze frames by writing "FREEZE FRAME" on a line of its own, or if you want to specify exactly what to be shown, put &...


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If you are doing something unusual, explain it at the beginning. I would use something like what you have written in the question. Give each section a label, for example, 'Email' or 'Still photo of the three drinking together when 18, taken from Scene 5' Use labelling consistently and everything will be all right. Script readers and directors aren't idiots ...


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Screenplays are extremely time and space constrained. Every character you add takes up space and time, and dilutes the space and time of other characters in your story. So yes, adding too many characters to a story is bad, in the same way adding too much water to your lemonade is bad; dilution reduces flavor. Ultimately it depends on how much space and time ...


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Context and organization is important. Your highschool class of 200 people might be more memorable than a college lecture hall of 100. Think about how you would remember all your classmates names. Or if you're from a large family, think about how you would recall your different cousins. In your mind you're organizing and anchoring to something, perhaps a ...


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I don't think there's such a thing as too many characters. Especially tertiary characters. A good amount of small side-characters, if fleshed out, can make your world feel more much more alive. However, it has to make sense that your POV character would know these tertiaries. If they wouldn't know them, then it's like if you dialled a random telephone number ...


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