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Old 06-17-2018, 10:10 AM   #51
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In trying to figure out how to label a couple scenes as memories and not necessarily "FLASHBACKS" I'm reading Sorkin's, Molly's Game.
How does the Blade Runner script handle Deckard's unicorn reverie?
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:59 AM   #52
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In trying to figure out how to label a couple scenes as memories and not necessarily "FLASHBACKS"...
Can we agree that the formatting norm is (FLASHBACK) [at the end of the slug line, for a single past scene] or BEGIN FLASHBACK/END FLASHBACK [before and after the depiction of multiple scenes]

What's the difference you're trying to make in the reader's mind, between a MEMORY and a FLASHBACK?

When I read things like this, I like to wonder what's going on, so I'm guessing that a MEMORY would be the private visual depiction of a character's past event, whereas a FLASHBACK is a visual depiction that the writer wants the reader to know about, that other characters in the present scene may or should know about.

I've had a few less-than-interesting-but necessary talking-heads scenes that I've spiced up with such a mechanism.

But in either case, I'd just use FLASHBACK.

Frankly, I think MEMORY belongs in a novel, but if you insist that it's useful somehow in a screenplay, I doubt a reader is going to have a brain infarc if they see something like:

EXT. SPACESHIP ON MARS (MEMORY)

bluh bluh bluh bluh bluh bluh bluh bluh

Except of course the reader will probably wonder why not a (FLASHBACK), resulting in a split-second hesitation or confusion that takes them out of the reading experience.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:39 PM   #53
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(sorry I went OT)

"...How does the Blade Runner script handle Deckard's unicorn reverie?"


No clue. Guessing Flashback?


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Can we agree that the formatting norm is (FLASHBACK) [at the end of the slug line, for a single past scene] or BEGIN FLASHBACK/END FLASHBACK [before and after the depiction of multiple scenes]

What's the difference you're trying to make in the reader's mind, between a MEMORY and a FLASHBACK?

When I read things like this, I like to wonder what's going on, so I'm guessing that a MEMORY would be the private visual depiction of a character's past event, whereas a FLASHBACK is a visual depiction that the writer wants the reader to know about, that other characters in the present scene may or should know about.

But in either case, I'd just use FLASHBACK.
Yeah, I understand what the norm is. I'm just seeing what Sorkin did as I think it's interesting.

I've read a script -- no idea which, now -- that used IN HIS MIND-- as in a fantasy in this character's mind, which isn't the same as FLASHBACK, because the fantasy in question didn't happen. That was an effective way to phrase it, I thought.

In my case I just wanted it to be fragments of this character's memories concerning another character, not outright scenes with a beginning/middle/and end. Just trying to see if there's a model for that. Anyway...
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:58 PM   #54
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Gotcha.

Funny, in 50 screenplays I've never needed or had the inclination to do what you're suggesting. I guess I've always figured little cutaway moments like that were the director's prerogative, or maybe that I'd already shown the scene earlier so that it's more a subtextual thing in the present situation - with a reminder achieved by some visual queue or bit of dialogue.

But if you really need to do it, I think what you've described is totally reasonable.

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Old 06-18-2018, 09:35 AM   #55
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I agree. It's messing with priorities too much.

If one were as 'short-sighted' as some of the graphic design clients I've had, one would eventually make everything bold, or italic, or bigger, or red, so that it all "stands out more".
I started out not using bold at all. But have since switched to just using bold for scene headings. It's just my personal preference and I hope it isn't distracting. I usually use underlines in dialogue for emphasis (no bold) and I don't usually use italics at all.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:59 AM   #56
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James Cameron used bold - sparingly, and somewhat inconsistently - in his Avatar (2007) script. But that is THE James Cameron, and so he could use Papyrus 18pt ultra-obese oblique throughout, if he felt like it.
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James Cameron used bold - sparingly, and somewhat inconsistently - in his Avatar (2007) script. But that is THE James Cameron, and so he could use Papyrus 18pt ultra-obese oblique throughout, if he felt like it.
The James Cameron?

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Old 06-26-2018, 02:42 PM   #58
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The James Cameron?
No, not The James Cameron -- THE James Cameron.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:14 PM   #59
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I can't believe people are still having these discussions.

Bolding is fine. Lots of people bold slug lines. It's possible that your readers will be using a PDF melter like Weekend Read and thus won't even see your bolding choices.

It's generally only a problem when people do something like this. It shows that they're not thinking like a reader; they're completely unaware of how this sort of thing reads and are only thinking as someone who already knows the content of the text.

Don't do that.
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Bolding Scene Headings is fine, but I wouldn't bold anything else.
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