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Old 06-09-2004, 01:24 PM   #1
lrutledge
 
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Default Question: Super & Insert

I realize that this doesn't matter as much as having a good story, and believable characters and all those other comments that these type of questions seem to prompt. I am simply asking because I saw something in a script and it piqued my general curiosity.

Is there any difference between:
Quote:
Code:
SUPER: THURSDAY
and
Quote:
Code:
INSERT -- TITLE CARD THURSDAY
Thanks,
Larry
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:39 PM   #2
Gobo
 
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Default Re: General Question

Larry,

IMO title cards are words on a black screen where as SUPER means your superimposing the words onto the screen at the beginning or during a scene.

Benedict
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
nickj
 
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Default Re: General Question

An INSERT normally implies a shot of something one or more characters can see, but it actually means anything filmed and inserted during the edit, so it's technically okay to use it for a title card. The difference would be SUPER implies something laid on top of the current shot, while INSERT cuts away from the current shot.
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Old 06-09-2004, 03:01 PM   #4
Deus Ex Machine
 
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Default Re: General Question

I also don't care for the use of TITLE CARD but any of these will be fine:

SUPER: XXXX

TITLE: XXXX

LEGEND: XXXX

TEXT APPEARS: XXXX

The title "XXXX" appears.

The legend "XXXX" appears.
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Old 06-10-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
wcmartell
 
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Default Re: General Question

I think both give us the same information - but one uses a lot more space to do it (not a good thing).
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Old 06-10-2004, 05:11 PM   #6
altoption
 
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Default Re: General Question

SUPER comes from superimpose, meaning the words appear over the picture. A TITLE CARD is simply words over a background, usually white over black -- a tradition that goes all the way back to early silent films, but still seen now and again. Back in the day, these cards, with titles printed on them, were actually printed up and then photographed. After a slug line, TITLE: mean the same thing as SUPER.
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:58 PM   #7
DUCPHO
 
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Default RE: INSERT (OR) SUPER?

(SUPER) - MONTANA TERRITORY, 1869

INSERT

CLOCK ON WALL
CALENDER

BACK TO SCENE

(Note: Inserts must always be followed by a BACK TO SCENE unless transitioning to another scene).

Hope these illustrations help.
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