Screenplay Terms

(beat) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   a pause.

b.g.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   background.

DISSOLVE TO:    .  .  .   where one scene fades out while the next scene fades in.  often used to indicate a passage in time.

EXT.  or  INT  .  .  .  .  .   this is a scene heading.  anytime you see this it means it is a new scene or different place/location.  “EXT” means exterior, “INT” means interior.

FLASH .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  a short scene that is inserted into the storyline.  it can also be a scene from earlier in the script (prior scene flash), or of a scene not read yet (forward scene flash).  This may not be the picture-perfect defination or use of the terms.

LAP DISSOLVE: .  .  .  .  a transition between scenes that is achieved by fading out one shot while the next shot becomes clearer so that, for a moment or two both shots are seen at the same time.

(O.S.)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Off-Screen.  The voice or noise described is heard but not seen.

P.O.V.    .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . point of view.

SUPERIMPOSE:  .  .  .  .  a view or words that is placed over a scene or blackness or a blank screen to show or tell you where you are are at, what point in time you are, etc.

(V.O.)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  Voice-Over.  A charactor’s dialog is heard but their lips will not mouth the words.

The rest of the terms are pretty easy because they are what they say.

 

 

 

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