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mattyrenner
03-04-2004, 05:21 PM
I was wondering how you write a split screen sequence...for example, i have four characters that meet in a town square...it's an overhead shot, once i've identified the four central characters in the overhead, i want the screen to then split into four smaller frames--following each characters respective action...how do I write this?

Deus Ex Machine
03-04-2004, 06:39 PM
First off I'd strongly recommend not doing it.

If you must, use SPLIT SCREEN as you would INTERCUT.

mattyrenner
03-04-2004, 06:42 PM
why wouldn't you do it?

ComicBent
03-04-2004, 07:52 PM
You can certainly do it if you are the director of the film ... but otherwise it will not be your decision.

RatWriter
03-05-2004, 05:56 PM
I also agree to avoid it as you described it but I had a similar scene where the POV was 4 surveillance monitors.

In your case...

POV - Overhead - In the crowd we see four men clad in overcoats, wearing sunglasses. They are thirty yards apart.

SPLIT SCREEN - Each of the four men are obviously armed secret service agents.