Superimpositions

Most of the time, simple Superimpositions are used to orient the audience to a time or place in the film.

Maybe the writer will want to let the audience know the new scene takes place "Five Years Later," or the character has arrived at the "Air Force Base," or the time of day is "5:03 p.m."

All these time and place orientations are accomplished with words on the screen for the audience to read.

Here are two examples:

That's simple enough. Just type SUPER: followed by the words you want to appear on the screen, enclosed in quotes.

But let's say the writer wants the words to appear on the screen before the scene opens.

Here is how it is accomplished:

FADE TO BLACK is usually used at the end of a screenplay. Here it is used to close a scene in the middle of the screenplay so that "25 Years Later" appears on a black screen prior to the next scene. The difference is, this time FADE TO BLACK is punctuated with a colon rather than a period.

Finally, if the Superimposition is too long to fit on one line with the word SUPER:, then indent it as Dialogue below SUPER:. Just create a fake Character Heading, type the words to appear on the screen as Dialogue, enclosed in quotations, and then delete the Character Heading.

Look at this example:

Too often writers confuse Superimpositions with Inserts, such as when they want the audience to read an object on the screen, like a letter, note, or newspaper headline.  You can read about Inserts here.