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    Finishing someone else's sentence?

    Firstly I'm not too sure where to post this. Either here or the basic questions thread. Chose here as it's specific to screen-writing. Here goes:

    Which is correct:-

    This one -



    This one -



    This one -



    Or, is it in fact NONE of the above?

    Help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenHarvey1990 View Post
    Firstly I'm not too sure where to post this. Either here or the basic questions thread. Chose here as it's specific to screen-writing. Here goes:

    Which is correct:-

    This one -



    This one -



    This one -



    Or, is it in fact NONE of the above?

    Help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
    You can use 1 or 2, which ever you prefer -- I'm seen it done both ways.

    An ellipsis, or this ... in dialogue means there's a pause, as opposed to missing text, and there's generally no pause when someone leaps in to finish another's sentence.
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    Thanks very much Melville.
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    I'd go with number two over number one - but either is good. Number three doesn't read the way you want it to.

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    You could also go with:

    Code:
                  TARA
    Yeah.
        (pointing to her house)
    Yeah. That's it there. The last
    house--
    
                  ADAM
        (finishing sentence)
    --on the left.  Hmm...
    (Note the use of CODE tags above to post text monospaced, as opposed to posting images for each sample.)

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    Thanks guys.

    Good advice Derek that would be much handier. Problem is I can't get the dialogue etc centered or as neat as you have it.
    Code:
    TARA Yeah. (pointing to her house) Yeah. Thatís it there. The last house-- ADAM -- On the left. Hmm ...
    That's the mess I make when trying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenHarvey1990 View Post
    Good advice Derek that would be much handier. Problem is I can't get the dialogue etc centered or as neat as you have it.
    You're centering your text, I just typed it in manually with spaces and lined things up by eye, a total cheat just for example's sake.

    I'm presuming you're using a screenplay processor like Final Draft or Celtx? Save as plain text. Copy/paste from this text file (viewed in Notepad or similar dumb text editor) into the forum editor window. Highlight the text, and select the "Wrap [CODE] tags around selected text" icon # from the menu bar. Select the Preview Post button to see how it looks.

    (There's a section in the screenwriting tips thread that says much the same thing.)

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    Okay will try that next time. Thanks a lot Derek.
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