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Hanna Vel
Posted December 14, 2014 12:19 AM
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I'd just like some input here.


I learned to use the main location, then COMMA if adding a sublocation, then dash for day/night.


 EXT. JIM'S HOUSE, PATIO - NIGHT

example from  http://www.scriptwritingsecrets.com/Scene_Headings.htm

But I see a lot of writers here using only dashes
EXT. JIM'S HOUSE - PATIO - NIGHT

And have just been advised by a reviewer to change all my scene headings to 'correct' format in this way.

Am I doing something that is out of date and I should change it?

I prefer the comma, since it makes it easy to see at a glance when there is a sublocation vs a totally new location. So I don't want to change it - unless it will genuinely make my script look more professional.

Thoughts?

 


Billie Harris
Posted December 14, 2014 7:02 AM
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I, too, use commas - not that I'm an expert.  And if the script's really good, I doubt it would matter one way or the other to a producer.


Tye Gibson
Posted December 20, 2014 2:39 PM
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I do something completely different and was actually complimented on it from competitions.


EXT. JIM'S HOUSE - NIGHT


PATIO


That's what I do, my slugs are bold as is the "PATIO". This way if I stay in Jim's house and bounce to different rooms,


I just change one word, instead of doing another scene heading. Things like this shouldn't matter, if someone likes your script


they like your script. I don't think either option makes one look like they don't know formatting. It's a preference.


 


Glenn Devlin
Posted December 20, 2014 9:15 PM
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I'm sure this is okay too:


EXT. JIM'S HOUSE - PATIO - NIGHT

Ben Cahan
Posted December 21, 2014 8:18 AM
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I'm sure this is okay too:


EXT. JIM'S HOUSE - PATIO - NIGHT


That is how I would do it:  Main location then sub-location, with dashes.  I have personally not seen many uses of commas in Slug Lines, dashes tend to be the more commonly used format.


Christine Murphy
Posted December 21, 2014 3:21 PM
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I've noticed in the online screen writing class I'm currently taking, they use dashes and not commas.  They also do as Tye does and do the main location and then if they go to another part of the location, they just use the new location as a slug line by itself.  Hope this helps.


Also have you consulted a format book? Might be a great resource to consult.


Jason Dennis
Posted December 31, 2014 4:37 PM
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What about da slash?


Hanna Vel
Posted January 4, 2015 1:16 PM
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Thanks all : )


Dash it, I'll just have to change all my commas!


Slash, Jason?


Jason Dennis
Posted January 4, 2015 2:29 PM
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This may be outdated, but the first format book I read said to use slashes for rooms within a building, like this:


INT. HOUSE/BEDROOM - NIGHT


INT. HOUSE/KITCHEN - DAY


Recently I saw an article from Trottier that seemed to say slashes are never acceptable in a spec and they have to do with shooting scripts. So I went through the ones I was doing and made them dashes. Commas, I know that's wrong. I guess it's dashes.


T. J. Alex
Posted August 4, 2018 11:00 AM
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This article on Scene Heading Basics may help here:


 


T. J. Alex
Posted August 4, 2018 11:01 AM
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Oops. Here it is:


http://screenreads.com/formatting/Scene%20Heading%20Basics.html