Yesterday, we brought you a list of screenwriting tricks and tropes we never need to see again. And afterwards, people tweeted some stuff that we're incredibly embarrassed we missed. Here are more overused gimmicks that really do need to go away.
Also, "Is this some kind of sick joke?" (Julie Molina)
That doesn't actually happen that often in real life. (Marc Bernardin)
Why not just tell us what the character needs to see? Also, "Captain, you'd better get down here." (Marilyn Lynch)
If you do this in real life, you might want to stop. (Tricky B)
The hero fires at the villain, and it looks like the hero missed. Oh no! But actually, the hero was aiming at something behind the villain. Which explodes. Or sabotages a machine. Or sets off some other chain of events. (Randi Misterka)
Bonus points of she/he is bald or doesn't speak. Or fits in a suitcase. (Sleestak)
Especially if it's a thriller set in the Middle East, because people need to be reminded that shit is complicated. (James Rawson)
Unless they're actually clones, or versions of the same person from an alternate universe. Then carry on. (Leigh Singer)
What else you got?