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    Int and Ext?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by jacktheknife, Sep 9, 2011.

    Fellow writers,

    I am sorry to ask such a simple question but what do Int. and Ext. mean?
    I read Dances with Wolves and loved the screen play, its the best one I have read.
    I am trying to learn what is meant by Int and Ext at the beginning of each section, and I tried for a week to find out but to no avail. Help!

    EXT. FIELD HOSPITAL TENT - DAY

    The two weary surgeons sip on steaming mugs of coffee, their
    white coats spattered with blood. Their brief respite is
    interrupted by the sound of a muffled scream.

    Together they turn and rush back into the tent.

    INT. FIELD HOSPITAL TENT - DAY

    The operating table is empty save the broken cane and a small
    pool of blood. Dunbar is gone.


    Thank you...


    Jack the Knife
     
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    Per google: Int and ext set up whether the scene is inside or outside.
     
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    Honey Badger,

    Thank you.
    I wonder how you Goggled the answer?
    Obviously more than just int and ext, screen writing int & ext?
    But Inside and outside, got it!


    Thank you


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    Internal External if you talk about character and story conflicts.
     
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    I actually just typed "screenwriting int ext." You would be surprised...sometimes we expect a search to be so difficult that we make it more complicated than it actually is.

    Edit: One of the websites listed in the results gave a list of common abbreviations. That might be helpful.
     
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    Interior or exterior.
     
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    yes!... stands for 'interior' and 'exterior' [not internal and external]... and lets the director and cinematographer know where the scene takes place...

    in the examples shown, the first scene is shot outside [i.e., in front of] the tent and the second inside it...

    for a list of script terms, just google for 'screenwriting glossary'...
     
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    mammamaia,

    Screen writing glossary, wow!
    I am really onto something now.

    Thank you

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    See, that is why I said when it had to do with character conflicts :D


    I'm not a "screenwriting extraordinaire".
     
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    what has to do with 'character conflicts'?
     

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