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Jillified

on 01/23/2013

How to handle texting in a Screenplay

I'm having a real hard time figuring out how I should format a scene where 2 people in different locations, are texting each other. There doesn't seem to be a standard for this yet!

rivet

Edited on 01/31/2013. Posted on 01/31/2013.

A suggestion could be ...

INT. SYDNEY - RUBY'S CAFE - DAY

Felicity smiling into her pink designer iphone.

FELICITY
(texting)
CU LATER AT RUBY'S CAFE? ... YA COFFEE
ADDICT LIKE ME LOL

INT. NEW YORK - PRINCES AVENUE - GEORGES CAR - NIGHT

Georges cell alerts ..."ONE NEW MESSAGE".

Weaving through traffic without a care in the world.

GEORGE
(texting and proud of his whit)
NOPE - AMPHETAMINES THIS WEEK!

What do you think? I haven't seen on paper before - If you know of a film where it is used maybe go find the screenplay online and check how that writer has done it.

rivet

on 01/31/2013

Just did a google on it - a few different approaches out there - good writing to ya Jillified!

rivet

on 01/31/2013

Try getting a hold of a Bourne script they use text messages in those.
Seems that a few folk use INSERT

mindworks

on 03/28/2013

The above way is very valid. There is also this way.

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

" Thats just ridiculous"

olilynch

a year ago

I would probably give it a character heading:

BOB (TXT)
Where are we meeting?

JANE (TXT)
I'm running late sorry

etc

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