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If I have a scene where two characters are watching a video recording of a third talking, how should the dialogue from the recorded character by formatted? Being that it is an alternate media, should dialogue be italicized?
Write it as if it were regular dialog but indicate either (filtered) or (on tv) as an extension - that's to the right of the character's name not under it.
dave trottier, in teh screenwriter's bible, concurs, on page 140.
BOB (on TV) Look! Up in the sky!
sorry, i forgot it's impossible to format screen play dialogue in this message board, irony of ironies.
i was trying to point out that the works in parantheses "(ON TV)" are to the right of the character's name "BOB" and not underneath it, between the name and the dialogue, where character directions usually go.
Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it greatly!
I believe the currently preferred format is (FILTERED).
All are acceptable but, according to my ol' bud, Lew Hunter, the other night, PRODUCTION people prefer (V.O.)--and so do I--after it's been stated in the descriptive paragraph(s) that the person is on TV, etc.
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