Temporal window within the diegesis that reveal a past event to the spectators


  • Provide additional information to the audience
  • If used offscreen, the spectators can potentially need the combination of another effect to understand clearly the temporal ellipsis
  • Can be done through sound only with the use of proliferation

Related induced effect: Narrative schema; Temporal and spatial order
Related inductor effect: Narrative
Complementary effect: Proliferation
Opposite effect: Flashforward

(Branigan, 1992)

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