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01-20-2006, 12:28 AM
Hello Kind Folk,
I may have asked this before...But here it goes again. I have noticed in various popular scripts that many other words are capitalized, other than the first introduction of a character for example.,etc.
If anybody could enlighten me on this subject I would appreciate it.
Sure, it's used to place emphasis on whatever's capped. Some people use it, some people hate it. Me, if I use it, I use it in moderation. It can make a script a nightmare to read when it's implimented wrong and if EVERYTHING IS EMPHASISED THEN WHAT'S THE POINT?
Meh, is that actually an answer? It's late... Bottom line: you can use it, but go easy on it if you do.
01-20-2006, 02:34 AM
I use caps to indicate a shot, e.g.
Mike opens the desk drawer.
Inside, A BLOODY KNIFE.
...suggesting that maybe the camera should give a close up of the object. Director's choice of course, all I can do is make the suggestion but without any camera directions. I've read scripts where caps appear seemingly at random, very puzzling.
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01-20-2006, 03:31 AM
I'll do it for emphasis. For example I might write a sentence and quite out of the BLIND-SIDED BY A TRUCK. ROTFLMAO!I'll do that mid-sentence to surprise the reader. And from what I hear, it's very effective. : ). KWV
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01-20-2006, 10:14 AM
People capitalize for DRAMATIC EFFECT.
01-20-2006, 11:03 AM
Tomato to'motto'. :rolleyes: LOL!
01-20-2006, 12:28 PM
BUZZ! BANG! CRASH! SOUNDS!
01-22-2006, 09:28 AM
Some people read scripts very quickly and very often gloss over most of the action you painstakingly mulled over. But when there's important action that requires the reader's attention, a little capitalization can help.
Anything to make the script read faster is better.
01-22-2006, 01:25 PM
CAP only when needed, i.e. when the prop or action is pivotal or highly important.I've read thriller scripts where there were no CAPS at all, and the scenes still packed a punch. The structure of the scenes was so unpredictably logical, that it didn't matter.
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