How do you add a sung part of a movie script? When the song is unknown and the lyrics are unknown, how do we mention there's a song playing in a movie script?

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  • What do you mean by "When the song is unknown and the lyrics are unknown"? If you're writing the script, can't you decide what the song is? Oct 9, 2021 at 18:46
  • The lyrics are known to the writer, but it's a song no one heard.
    – Sayaman
    Oct 9, 2021 at 19:51

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In general, you don't. In a movie script, unless it is relevant to the plot, you do not mention the songs that are played/music that's running. This is a job for the film score and director, not the script.

If, however, the song is relevant to the plot, then you can simply use capitalization, just like with all sound effects:

Zach turns to the BOUNCER. ANNA'S SONG is playing. 
  • How would you change ANNA'S SONG if it's a popular song? Would you write the name of the artist and the song name?
    – Sayaman
    Oct 10, 2021 at 20:15

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