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In a shooting script (which really this is the only place where it should be) it is mostly a matter of personal preference and style.
But really, if you’re writing your script, you shouldn’t really use these, unless you are also the director.
(EDIT: Some writers will put these in if there’s a particularly hard cut in a scene to a different location, to emphasize a gag or juxtaposition. But it does annoy people.)
Well, the biggest thing you’re confusing in here is being concerned with shots as a writer. As a writer, you do not concern yourself with camera work. That is the directors/cinematographers job. In general, including shots in your unproduced screenplay is a mark of being an amateur, and will make some hollywood readers put down your script.
(But yes, each scene is composed of several shots, unless it’s what’s called a long shot, though those are rare and difficult to do.)
Each scene takes place in generally one location. Occasionally scenes will flash back and forth between conversations (Like inside and outside a car, or between two people on a phone conversation or flashbacks), but generally it’s on one location. It is the scene in the script that takes place at the coffee shop. Etc.
A sequence is a group of scenes, yes, but it’s better defined as a section of a story. Here is my description of sequences.
Beats can be classified into chunks of story, which sometimes/often means scenes. Some screenwriting professors/people also classify beats as singular bits of action that define the current course of the story, like “Jason tries to trick them into telling the truth” or “They battle”. It’s a confusing definition, cause everyone defines it differently.
Hope this helps? Again, let me know if you need additional clarification.
The notecards thing is pretty much exactly what I do for beat mapping, except I don’t think well with notecards so I do it with a computer doc.
But it’s the same thing.
A teaser is a quick little scene to GRAB the audience, generally before the opening sequence. It’s something small, something quick, something EXCITING and interesting that makes people NEED to stay on the channel.
It…sorta is the same thing. The beats are the gist of the scenes.
Like my beat will generally read:
B2 -first visit with bro. Neighbor threatens.
and my scene outline will read:
EXT. OUTSIDE BROTHERS HOME - MORNING
Sophie, all cleaned up and professional looking and carrying a prescription bag, lets herself in a gated house. The front lawn next door has a friendly dog, she scratches it’s head over the fence. Knocks on the door, out comes her brother IAN, who is clearly ill, but still cogent. She delivers him his meds, is obviously a caretaker of some sort. Next door neighbor’s husband, STEVE, comes out and harasses them both, Sophie is obviously tempted to do something, but holds herself in for her brother.
Questions: How does she have a normal seeming life and how often does she have to hold herself back?
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