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Thor's Hammer
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Format help - Opening with a quote Reply with quote #39410

I want a quote in white letters on a black screen before the opening scene starts.

Do we FADE IN, then SUPER "QUOTE HERE", then EXT. BAYSIDE - MORNING

or

SUPER WHITE LETTERS ON BLACK SCREEN "QUOTE HERE", then FADE IN, then EXT. BAYSIDE - MORNING

or is it something else altogether?? Anyone? Thanks!


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Hollywood crAZRick
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #39415

I do:

ON BLACK

SUPERIMPOSE "The quote.... "

FADE IN:


of course, I've not yet sold anything either...



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Mike Rinaldi
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #39430

ON BLACK should be presumed, but the #1 rule is clarity so it doesn't hurt to state it. However, it might come across as over-directing.

I would simply do this:

SUPER: "QUOTE"

FADE IN:

Ta da.



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Thor's Hammer
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #39436

I was lazy when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast...

Oops, wrong song.

Screenwriter's Bible had it. It's either:

BLACK SCREEN

SUPER: "QUOTE" (if short enough)

FADE IN:

-or-

BLACK SCREEN

SUPER:
"QUOTE" (formatted as dialogue, longer)

FADE IN:

So let it be written. So let it be done.


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writingmama
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #39445

Thor's Hammer wrote:
I was lazy when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast...

Oops, wrong song.




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JRSylvester
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #50348

A quick formatting question on this topic, should the BLACK SCREEN and SUPER "quote" be formatted as basic text, or should it be a Scene, Transition, etc?

I am using WriterDuet, which auto-formats according to the category. I suppose I could use the Text category, and just ensure it follows the formatting as Thor pointed out from the bible, but I would like to be accurate in my chosen selection.


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RobbRoss
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #50351

Not sure what that program calls it, but it's not a Transition or Action line. Look for Shot, Slug or Mini/Secondary Header.


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dawilliam
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #50355

BBC in the uk has a screenplay format, which may help

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/screenplaytv.pdf

Using that format should be something like:

FADE IN:


Quote fades in on black.


"quote text....."


EXT. BAYSIDE - MORNING


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