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If you have a conversation of whispering in a screenplay do you have to put:

BATHSHEBA
(whispers)

Beneath each character’s name.
I’ll add that the situation mandates whispering and could be understood easily I think.

5

From my experience, the name and any special instructions are printed in the margin beside the spoken lines, which are themselves in a block of text and indented.
I take it that such is what you meant when you said “beneath”.

Use of abbreviations can be done — e.g.

(whis.)

— but should not be necessary unless you are conserving space or substrate i.e. paper.

A screenplay is meant to be accurate in conveying information to the director and the performers. They will use marks and highlighting as necessary to help them learn the lines; but, unless you provide such necessary information in the first place, how will they know it?

If an entire dialogue is done in a certain mode, then you can make such a note prior to the entire sequence. E.g.

The dialogue in this scene is done entirely in whispering.

Phrase that however is best.

4

Use parentheticals to establish that each character is whispering. It should then be implied that they continue in the same mode until one of them speaks up — at which point, you likewise establish that they speak up.

                               BATHSHEBA
                         (whispers)
                     How should I introduce you?

                               JOHN
                         (whispers)
                     By my name.

                               BATHSHEBA
                     Right. Makes sense.

                               JOHN
                     Yeah...

                               BATHSHEBA
                         (speaks up)
                     Hey, Larry, this is John.
  • I hope you don't take my edit to be commandeering your answer; I simply thought that it could stand for some improvement. – can-ned_food Jun 4 '18 at 7:00
  • Well, I did misspell “use,” so... – Matt Lathrom Jun 5 '18 at 15:14

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