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Old 07-08-2014, 11:42 AM   #21
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I'm going to make my semi-annual pitch for screenwriting sanity.

It's okay to do some directing on the page.

You're trying to paint a vivid movie in your reader's mind. If you need to prelap or call a camera shot of say "we see" or call out a song or a hundred other things that make the reader see your movie, then do it.

Whoever continually told you not to say "we see" is a quack. You should stop listening to those people completely. They're wannabes who are trying to come up with a list of rules to make themselves sound authoritative, when really they're actually harming you.

There are no rules. Tell a great story visually. Stop worrying. A clinical, boring read is a sure way to push a career farther away.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:12 PM   #22
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Should the bit being pre-lapped relate somehow to the scene it's in?

For example, in the Battlestar Galactica sample does it infer that Lee, commanding a squadron of vipers, is part of God's plan?

It probably doesn't have to relate, but it's slicker if it does.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:45 AM   #23
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Should the bit being pre-lapped relate somehow to the scene it's in?

For example, in the Battlestar Galactica sample does it infer that Lee, commanding a squadron of vipers, is part of God's plan?

It probably doesn't have to relate, but it's slicker if it does.
it usually relates to the following scene.

Basically you can look at it like: you have two regular scenes (with no prelap).

Then you cut and paste the opening dialogue from scene 2 and paste it at the bottom of scene 1 indicating it as a (PRELAP) which then bleeds into scene 2.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:22 PM   #24
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it usually relates to the following scene.

Basically you can look at it like: you have two regular scenes (with no prelap).

Then you cut and paste the opening dialogue from scene 2 and paste it at the bottom of scene 1 indicating it as a (PRELAP) which then bleeds into scene 2.
Thank you. I'm pretty sure that's where the "pre" (in prelap) comes from.

But it's not just dialogue. Prelap works well with sounds:

- John is in his bedroom packing. The sound of a train is prelapped before we cut to John on the train.

- John is enlisting in the Army. The sound of explosions is prelapped before we cut to John on the battlefield.

Note that in both the prelapped sounds relate to what John is doing.

It just feels to me there should be a good reason for doing a prelap or we would be doing it at the end of every scene.
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:29 PM   #25
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In a scene, some people are working and doing some dialogue in a forest. When finished, they gather their stuff and walk off. In the next scene, one of the persons from the forest is in a church where a choir is singing.

I want the music to begin just as they lift their equipment and walk off from their work. Now, is this a good way to write that?

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Baskets filled, the wood-gatherers walk off down the forest path.

(Pre-lap SOUND of chanting)

INT CHURCH - DAY

A choir is chanting.
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Will this make it clear that it's the same music?
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:52 PM   #26
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I think that a common way is to use PRELAP as the start of an action line, like:

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PRELAP: Sound of a chanting choir. INT. CHURCH - DAY A choir is chanting.
In any case, that would work.
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I want the music to begin just as they lift their equipment and walk off from their work.
Why?
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