Freeze Frames

When a writer wants the film to momentarily freeze on an image, he/she will indicate the freeze with a Freeze Frame.

Here is one way to create a Freeze Frame within the Direction paragraph:


Here FREEZE FRAME is placed in ALL CAPS and punctuated with a period as if it were a complete sentence.

But maybe the writer wants to emphasize the Freeze to draw the reader's attention to it. Here are two other possible ways to format a Freeze Frame:


In the first example above, there is no period after sky and FREEZE FRAME is put on its own line as a sort of extension of the Direction paragraph. FREEZE FRAME is punctuated with a period to complete the sentence above it.

In the second example, the Freeze Frame is indicated with a Subheading, with FREEZE FRAME being the Type of Shot, and BOXERS being the Subject of Shot. So the reader easily understands that the Freeze Frame is on the BOXERS the moment Johnny hits Willy.

Word of caution, though. If the scene with the boxers didn't end with the Freeze Frame and there was more boxing action following it, I'd need to double space and type BACK TO SCENE on its own line to bring the reader back into the action. However, with the first example, I could simply start a new Direction paragraph or Master Scene Heading and despense with BACK TO SCENE.