Non-linear timelines need to be simple enough for audiences to follow, while taking a bold approach in the story. If it’s done correctly, the film could be huge!

Non-linear timelines have become a favorite for film lovers everywhere.
Non-linear timelines have become a favorite for film lovers everywhere.
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Why Film Non-Linear?

Characters with complicated pasts thrive in non-linear timelines. It allows audiences to better understand the story. Time is a delicate thing. Non-linear films allow time to become a tool to tell the story.

Your film could benefit from a non-linear timeline. The settings and the characters have room to grow as you jump back and forth in time. Showing the difference between the past and present, or present and future in your film requires skill. It’s a chance for you to challenge yourself.

It can be difficult to pull off a successful non-linear story in your film. But if you can, your story will stand out from rest. There’s so many possibilities! Non-linear storytelling is an opportunity for you to become a better filmmaker.


10 Films with a Non-Linear Timeline:

Non-linear stories in film let you play with time.
Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay

Filming the Story

Going out and filming a non-linear story can be a lot of fun. You’re not just embracing one point in time, you’re embracing two! That means you can change things up on set. Staying in the same place filming the same thing can get boring. In a non-linear film, you have change.

Non-Linear stories give you more freedom.

You have the freedom to play with costumes, hair, themes in color, and camera shots. Who says you have to keep it the same throughout the entire film? Non-linear stories give you the freedom to experiment.

There isn’t a rulebook for making films. Try something new. Mess with the timing, or the story. What do you have to lose?