Three Mandatory Parts

In every new Scene Heading there are three pieces of information that MUST be available and MUST be written in the order indicated below:

1. Camera Placement:

Every new Scene Heading should indicate whether a scene's locale is Interior, Exterior, or both (such as from inside a car driving down the road).

For more information on variations of this part of Scene Headings, go here.

2. Location:

Every new Scene Heading should indicate where the scene takes place. Notice that the location in the example above goes from general (NEW YORK) to more specific (CENTRAL PARK in NEW YORK) to even more specific (a PARK BENCH within CENTRAL PARK within NEW YORK).

For more information on variations of this part of Scene Headings, go here.

3. Time Indicator:

Every new Scene Heading should indicate the time of day (at least, roughly), so the reader will have some clue as to the lighting situation of the scene or outside the scene (such as, outside the window if the scene is indoors). Of the three Mandatory parts to a Scene Heading, this is the one part that may offer some exceptions to the Mandatory rule. For example, in outer space, there is neither a night nor a day.

For more information on variations of this part of Scene Headings, go here.