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    Posted: 24 Feb 2019 at 7:01pm
I want my screenplay to end abruptly. Should I have my final line of action, then CUT TO BLACK, and then FADE OUT. on the right side? It seems redundant.
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just cut to black to the right side
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Don't put anything. There's nothing more abrupt that it just simply ending.
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I hate resurrecting a dead topic (which usually signifies the beginning of a bad movie), but if I want a scene to end abruptly is it still CUT TO BLACK?

The current plan is to have a short scene after the cut, but this scene needs to end hard.
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if you're cutting to another scene in a hard way, this is one of those rare times to actually use CUT TO:
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Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

if you're cutting to another scene in a hard way, this is one of those rare times to actually use CUT TO:


I was envisioning a moment of black screen; maybe as much as a second.  It's an alternate way of indicating something you really don't want to see.

After the second is over just fade into another scene.
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oh right! yeah CUT TO BLACK. maybe put a line of action (or not) then FADE TO:
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Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

oh right! yeah CUT TO BLACK. maybe put a line of action (or not) then FADE TO:


Awesome!  Thanks Cheezo!
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Sorry, but this is not a shooting script.  The director/producer will make these decisions.
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if it specifically matters to the story you should do it, but yeah, generally territory to avoid unless there's a good reason
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