Right Now Montage

Part Contrast Montage, part Meanwhile Scene, a Right Now Montage is a slice of everyday life that shows a series of brief scenes of different people in various situations. Can come with or without narration, the narrative version having a high likelihood of dropping statistics related to the scene at hand. Often used as an establishing scene.

Examples:

Advertisement
  • The original ad campaign for Crystal Pepsi used the Trope Namer, Van Halen's "Right Now", for more or less all of 1993. Its commercials were straight examples of this, styled after the song's music video. Saturday Night Live ripped into the campaign with mock-commercials for "Crystal Gravy".
  • Sprint's "Now Network" series.

Anime
  • Bleach does this on occasion; one of the most memorable is when Don Kanonji tries to form a civilian spirit-fighting team and recruits Ichigo's sisters. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Each chapter of One Piece has a title page which shows exactly one scene in the life of a character the Straw Hats have met before. Often, these title pages make a story when put together and even reveal some important facts.

Film
  • The various side characters listening to Radio rock in The Boat That Rocked.
  • Titanic (1997) has one of these as the ship is sinking showing different people in all parts of the ship reacting to the imminent ends of their lives.
  • In Amélie we see different couples all across Paris having an orgasm at the same moment.

Live-Action TV
  • Heroes enjoys doing this in openings. Probably a good idea, considering its premise of Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Flashpoint, when it's not doing a How We Got Here cut, tends to use this, showing the police officers and the eventual suspects on a crash course, usually unknowingly.
  • Season 2 of Community opens with the various study group members and their morning routines.

Music

New Media
  • The Homestar Runner cartoon "No Hands on Deck!" had a montage of Homestar going around announcing his plans to build a deck to all and sundry.
  • ''One Hundred Yard Stare" has episode three, which is one of these.

Western Animation

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