Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Overlapping Dialogue

How do you write characters who speak over each other, or talk at the same time? Here are three ways:-

- indicate it in the scene description

- combine everything into one dialogue caption

- on Final Draft, there's a 'Dual Dialogue' option, which will give you this

All three are perfectly fine in my book because they don't confuse the flow of the script. For American scripts, where a Hollywood reader might unmercifully pounce on any formatting glitch, then it's probably best to stick to the dual dialogue option.

1 comment:

Andy Goodman said...

I use Celtx and they have a 'Dual dialogue' setting similar to Final Draft.

I think this looks better and avoids any "writer's voice" telling the reader what's going on.