I want to do a tennis scene done wit. A few separate rally scenes and some talking, where the two guys informally discuss a lawsuit in one or two of them... Do I need a new scene heading each time? I assume not, thanks in advance.


Normally, as far as I know, different scene heading are used when the setting changes. If the two discuss lawsuit between the game, maybe taking a break on the court side, I think one heading should fit. If the conversation happens elsewhere (the bar at the sport club, the showers, etc.) you have to make two scenes.

Disclaimer: I'm not a screenwriter, I just follow the examples I see written in scripts, so a professional should be able to give a better answer.

  • But how do I show time as having gone by like showing some shots while they’re playing and they’re talking then later in the match? – Matt Dec 18 '17 at 20:51
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    @Matt use the score. Open the dialogue with a comment on the score. This should give the reader the impression that some time has passed and some more of the game has been played. – NofP Dec 19 '17 at 23:08
  • VERY nice! Ty sir – Matt Dec 19 '17 at 23:11
  • @Matt, as a general practice on Writing SE, it is advised that you mark an answer as accepted after few more answers come, so you give the chance to more people to express a better point of view. It's not a problem at all, it is just how I see it is done :) – FraEnrico Dec 20 '17 at 9:07
  • Thank you for the advice and thank you for doing it in a constructive, friendly manner. – Matt Dec 21 '17 at 4:56

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