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    Here's a quickie for you guys.

    I have one scene ending, and I want to start the next scene in the exact same location, only a little later. For the scene heading can I simply write LATER?

    I can't seem to find any proper examples offhand and I thought asking Done Dealers would be quicker than scouring a dozen scripts.

    Thanks much.

  • #2
    Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

    You can pretty much do what you want.

    - Include a "LATER" at the end of a Scene Heading.
    - Use "LATER" as a mini-slug
    - Start a paragraph description with the word "Later".

    Whatever works for you.

    Is there a time of day change - from NIGHT to DAY? That would be enough reason for a new complete Scene Heading.

    If you happen to this thing a lot, I would suggest that you be consistent.
    "I am the story itself; its source, its voice, its music."
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    • #3
      Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

      Both scenes take place during the day, just maybe a couple hours apart. Right now I'm using it as a mini-slug and it seems like it works. But I thought I'd see if anyone had any better solutions.

      Thanks much.

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      • #4
        Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

        -- LATER

        One thing to be aware of - how will the audience know that it is later?

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        • #5
          Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

          Originally posted by wcmartell View Post
          -- LATER

          One thing to be aware of - how will the audience know that it is later?

          - Bill
          Yeah, OP. I guess you'll have to do an insert of a clock with the speeding hands going around and around so the audience won't be confused about that.
          "The Hollywood film business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." Hunter S Thompson

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          • #6
            Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

            In the first scene my protag has a private conversation with someone while guests are gathering for a funeral. In the next scene the guests are seated and the pastor is in the middle of the service. In both scenes we learn something about the departed, but from multiple perspectives.

            So I think I've avoided the ol' clock trick on this one!

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            • #7
              Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

              Originally posted by OtisLovesUs View Post
              So I think I've avoided the ol' clock trick on this one!
              I hope so - it's much easier than you realize, as noted above:

              Ben and Lisa talk quietly as mourners arrive.

              LISA
              Blah blah blah.

              BEN
              Blah blah blah.

              LATER

              From the pulpit, pastor Henry introduces the eulogy.

              PASTOR HENRY
              Blah blah blah.


              It doesn't need to be any more complex than this but you can use a new scene heading if you want.
              "Friends make the worst enemies." Frank Underwood

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              • #8
                Re: 2 separate scenes/same location

                That's pretty much exactly as I have it. Except of course, my dialogue is just a tad punchier than "Blah blah blah."

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