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into phone (1 Viewer)

jjshell

Senior Member
Hi,

In the following example, how do you understand the words "into phone"?

CHARACTER
(into phone)
Blah blah blah.

Does that mean that character is seen speaking into to the phone to someone at the other end of the line, or that character is heard through the phone (and in this case, an "O.S." should be added).

It seems to me that there a potential semantic confusion with these words, that I've seen used quite often.

:)
 

Screenplay Readers

Senior Member
It's not bad... What's better is


***************
Joe picks up the phone.

JOE
Hello?

***************

If you have Joe talking to someone in the room AND on the phone, then use the paranthetical. Like so:

***************

Joe picks up the phone. Larry walks in.

JOE
(into phone)
Hello?
(to Larry)
Hang on, Larry.

Larry lights himself on fire.

***************
B.
 
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