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    Imagine an established situation some 10-15 pages into the script... a fun script in the vein of Breakfast of Champions and Kate & Leopold, not Aliens and The Andromeda Strain... where science is respected to a certain point.


    Case 1 â€" both Jayâ€TMs and Amandaâ€TMs locations are fixed:

    Jay paces up and down a platform while questioning Amanda.

    She sits quietly on a chair inside a small glass-walled chamber. She left the chamberâ€TMs door open.

    Separated by only a few feet, they see and hear each other clearly.

    Surrounding them â€" two stories up the structure - a large, restless crowd watches.



    Case 2 â€" Jayâ€TMs location is mobile (rotating platform), Amandaâ€TMs is fixed:

    Same as before, except the platform Jay paces on is slowly rotating.



    Case 3 â€" Jayâ€TMs location is mobile (floating bubble), Amandaâ€TMs is fixed:

    Same as before, except Jay is inside an air bubble that floats by the chamber. He questions Amanda from inside the floating bubble.

    Technology is such that he can actually do that, and they can see and hear each other clearly, without the use of special tools or gadgets.


    Question:

    How to handle the slugs for each case?


    For example, Case 1, two fixed locations:


    EXT. OVERALL STRUCTURE â€" DAY

    Jay approaches the chamber.

    JAY
    Did you tell you sister?

    AMANDA
    F'ck no. Sheâ€TMs not exactly my sister.

    JAY
    What do you mean?

    AMANDA
    Just forget it.

    or

    EXT. PLATFORM / CHAMBER â€" DAY

    Jay approaches the chamber.

    JAY
    Did you tell you sister?

    AMANDA
    F'ck no. Sheâ€TMs not exactly my sister.

    JAY
    What do you mean?

    AMANDA
    Just forget it.

    or

    EXT. PLATFORM â€" DAY

    Jay approaches the chamber.

    JAY
    Did you tell you sister?


    EXT. CHAMBER â€" DAY

    AMANDA
    F'ck no. Sheâ€TMs not exactly my sister.


    EXT. PLATFORM â€" DAY

    JAY
    What do you mean?


    EXT. CHAMBER â€" DAY

    Amanda stares down at Jayâ€TMs shiny pointed shoes.

    AMANDA
    Just forget it.


    Question: Would it make any difference if

    - the chamber was not made of glass or any transparent material? (they cannot see each other)

    - the chamberâ€TMs door was not open? (a. they cannot hear each other, b. they can hear each other regardless thanks to 3rd millennium technology)



    Question: Will sluglines for Case 2 and Case 3 be exactly the same or being Jay on a moving platform or inside a floating bubble make a difference?

    Thanks!


  • #2
    just for fun I'll take a shot at this - what I'd recommend you do is wholly describe the scene first, make the space clear, so that it doesn't become a distraction during the scene.

    for example

    INT/EXT. HALL OF SCI FI BS DAY

    Angela sits in a glassed walled chamber, eyeballing a door that has been left ajar.

    Behind her, Jay floats down inside a LEVITRA BUBBLE (levitra is a substance in the future that elevates things)

    Jay lands the levitra bubble on a ROTATING PLATFORM that circles the Chamber -

    Above them, stadium seating extends two stories high - a CROWD munches popcorn in eager anticipation


    ANGELA
    I never thought you'd come...

    JAY
    That's what they all say, but I always rise to the occasion.


    then just run the scene and don't worry about the slugs - if he moves to another location - use a mini slug

    Angela steps out the door onto

    THE PLATFORM

    Jay floats - the levitra kicking in

    the crowd gasps

    etc.

    hope this helps

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    • #3
      Get Shakespeare in Love and see how the writers handled The AUDIENCE, the STAGE and the BACK STAGE in the last sequence.

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