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I've just downloaded an open-source script-writing program, and have started converting the scripts for an anime I've been writing into industry-standard formatting.

There are a few points in the scripts where a character says something out loud, then immediately thinks something else (which the audience hears in voiceover), or thinks something and then says something else out loud. In my (not-at-all industry-formatted) scripts, I've indicated these like so:

CHARACTER: Follow me, and stay quiet. We'll be out of here shortly. (in thought) I hope.

Or:

CHARACTER: (in thought) This isn't good. (out loud) Guys, we need to get out of here now--

I already know that I need to change "(in thought)" to "(V.O.)", but other than that, how do I convert these into industry-standard formatting?

  • In plays, "aside" is used for this purpose - the character is speaking directly to the audience, and it is understood that the other characters on the stage cannot hear him. Don't know if it's the same in screenwriting. – Galastel supports GoFundMonica Sep 9 '18 at 23:16
  • @DoubleU I'm not writing a play, I'm writing an anime. It's perfectly normal for a character's thoughts to be heard in voice-over. – F1Krazy Sep 10 '18 at 5:49
  • There are plenty of screenplays around that employ voice over as thinking: just read some of those, and you will see how it's done. – FraEnrico Sep 10 '18 at 7:13
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Using V.O. for the thought parts should be sufficient. Eventually, you can also add the word "thinking" or similar in parentheses for that piece of dialogue.

For example:

          CHARACTER
     It sure is nice to speak out loud!

          CHARACTER (V.O.)
        (Thinking)
     Though thinking is actually even better.
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    That works nicely. Thanks for the suggestion! – F1Krazy Sep 10 '18 at 11:03

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