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Text Messaging As an Action in the Script

Discussion in 'Basics' started by amber, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. amber

    amber Guest

    How do I format a character sending text messages in the script, assuming the viewer sees/reads the texts and when the person is composing them?

    Is there even a standard for this sort of thing?
  2. thekiller333

    thekiller333 Guest

    I work on a TV show and we used to shoot the phones all the time. Recently we have cut the shots and a subtitle comes up as you see the person look at there phone, sounds silly but actually works well. This is never scripted on our show and is always down to the director discretion.
  3. ed earp

    ed earp Bronze Member

    Hi i’m ed
    This may work
    Amber gazes at her mobile phone, then types on the keypad.

    ON THE MOBILE PHONE
    Amber’s words appear

    “Ed your reading my text message.”

    BACK TO AMBER
    Who studies ed’s response.

    ON THE MOBILE PHONE
    Ed’s response appears

    “Yes i am, amber.”
  4. sandyer

    sandyer Bronze Member

    Try getting a hold of a Bourne script they use text messages in those.
  5. mr wendal

    mr wendal Bronze Member

    I normally work with INSERT.
  6. robertecrump

    robertecrump Bronze Member

    The approach I have used is as follows:

    INT. BUS - MORNING

    Dave takes a seat on the bus next to an eldery woman...the blah, blah, blah...His phone beeps and he pulls it from his pocket. ...

    ON THE SCREEN

    Julie's message appears:

    had fun lst nght luv u

    BACK TO DAVE

    Dave types a reply to Julie's message on his iPhone.

    ON THE SCREEN

    Dave's Message appears:

    me 2! ttyl?

    etc, etc, etc.

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