Each scene in a screenplay begins with a scene heading, or slugline, written in all capital letters. This includes key details about the location and time of day that can help the director and lighting designer plan and storyboard the shoot.
A scene heading starts by identifying whether this is an interior scene, abbreviated as INT., or an exterior scene, abbreviated as EXT. Next up is the scene’s location, such as JOHN’S HOUSE. If there are other scenes taking place in different parts of John’s house, you can get more specific by adding a hyphen followed by more detail, like JOHN’S HOUSE - KITCHEN. Finish your slugline by noting the time of day.
When you’re finished, the slugline for a scene set in John’s kitchen during the day will look like:
INT. JOHN’S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY
After the scene heading, use the following tools to fill out the rest of your scene: