the new york scene

Script Format: Scene Headings

A Scene heading, also known as a Slugline, tells the reader where a scene takes place. Examples:


-Format: Scene headings are  in all caps and left aligned. They are placed at the beginning of each new scene.

-The first part of a scene heading indicates whether the scene is interior (INT.) or exterior (EXT.)

-The second part specifies the location.In the first example, the location is a street in New York. Sometimes, the location needs to be more specific. In the second example, the location is a village square in Rome. Rome is put in parenthesis because it establishes the larger setting encompassing the entire story. Once it is established the story takes place in Rome, the information inside the parenthesis can be dropped. In the third example, the more general location is followed by a hyphen then the more specific location.* This is common, but not always necessary.

-The third part specifies the time of day. Usually the time is general, such as MORNING, DAY, NIGHT, AFTERNOON, etc. It can also be more specific (if necessary) such as MIDNIGHT, 1:30PM, DUSK, etc. CONTINUOUS shows that the scene takes place immediately following the previous scene and no time has passed. MOMENTS LATER is also used to show a small jump in time.

*I would like to note there are other ways of specifying location that are acceptable in the industry. This just happens to be the way I prefer.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.