Screenplay: Handling Phone Calls

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One area where new writers struggle is in handling phone call scene transitions. Let’s say you have two individuals having a conversation in two different locations. Without guidance, you might think that you have to transition the camera each time an individual speaks. What we do at SPTG is transition the camera a single time, then continue the conversation assuming the director or reader knows that the two are in separate locations.

The exception to this rule is if the scene transitions are vital to the narrative of your story. If something in camera is happening that is unique such as a new character sneaking up on an individual or some action is developing that will be vital to the story, then transitioning each time revealing the progress is necessary.

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