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I’m wanting to know how to enter dates that will be shown in text on the screen in a screenplay, I’ve see. Several ways to do it so I wanted clarification, thx for any help

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    How to format the date itself, or how to present it in the script? Jan 25, 2018 at 20:45
  • If I understand you correctly, both...I want to know the correct way to show dates on screen by formatting them in the script
    – Matt
    Jan 25, 2018 at 20:50
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    Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your guidance on this, there’s 1 million things online but you put me right where I needed to be
    – Matt
    Jan 26, 2018 at 20:59

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It’s not necessary in the body of a scene to inform us as to the setting, the time of day, or whether it’s an interior or exterior, as this is already known from the scene heading.

If a legend, such as a locale or a date, is to be superimposed upon a scene, then standard format dictates it be placed within quotes and preceded by the word “SUPERIMPOSE:” (in ALL CAPS with a colon):

SUPERIMPOSE: "Washington, D. C. 1989"

http://www.storysense.com/format/description.htm

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Here is the way:

SUPER: Date or other information

SUPER can be used whenever something is to be put on top of what's being shown on camera. That is usually, but not limited to, text.

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I've seen this many times over the last 3000 scripts or so:

TITLE OVER : BLAH BLAH 1999

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