Like many, I’m a huge fan of the HBO series True Detective. I was reading the script for the second episode and I noticed this:
INT. STATE CID - NIGHT Hart and Cohle enter the squad room, acknowledged by the RECEPTIONIST. They walk through the division toward the BIG BOARD.
In my script, I have the lead character walk past a receptionist desk of the police station as well.
My question is: Is it “okay” to sum up a semi-unimportant dialogue in the action? Like acknowledging a receptionist? I realize I could just skip this part entirely, but I feel like it does add a layer of realism in routine.
Or I could write it all out.
What should I do?