Intercuts

If the writer wants two scene to play out on screen with quick jumps between the two, but doesn't want to indicate a new Master Scene Heading before each and every jump, he or she can indicate so with an Intercut.

Below is a telephone conversation formatted with an Intercut.

Check this out:

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Once I've established each location with a Master Scene Heading, I can indicate the jumping between the two scenes with the Subheader INTERCUT - TELEPHONE CONVERSATION.

Simple, huh?

Now everywhere you see a Character Header, the director can assume the camera should be focused on that particular speaker.

Notice, though, next to one of Carlos' Character Headers I typed (V.O.). This cues the director to stay with Victor as Carlos delivers his line. Carlos will be heard, but not seen... for this line only.

I could have called out the Intercut in a number of ways. Here are two more examples:

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These are the sort of Intercut Subheaders I'd have used if the Intercut was not a phone conversation, but two separate scenes playing out simultaneously back and forth. Each mentions the specific locations of the Intercut.

Notice I underlined the word INTERCUT in one of the examples. Nothing wrong with doing so if the writer wants to be sure the reader notices the Subheader.

Technically the writer can end the Intercut with BACK TO SCENE or END INTERCUT. Subheader, but often Intercuts will end with a new Master Scene Heading. Again, if you feel the end of the Intercut needs to be clarified, then do so.