Writing Plays/Screenwriting/Scene headings


I have a great Bproblem in scene heading. First when do we use CUT TO and DISSOLVE TO? Second,when do we use a full scene heading(like-INT.HOSPITAL ROOM-DAY) and  when we don't(simply write HOSPITAL ROOM) ? Third when i have to change the scene back and forth,not on the phone, what should i use? I have further questions on this topic but 3 are enough now. Please tell with the examples and sorry for my grammer.

Only use CUT TO and DISSOLVE TO in shooting scripts.  Shooting scripts are scripts that are turned into shooting scripts from spec scripts by the director and the screenwriter.  The screenwriter's job is to write the screenplay.  The director's job is to direct the movie, and this directing includes camera directions like CUT TO and DISSOLVE TO.  If a screenwriter utilizes camera directions in their screenplay, they are exhibiting their inexperience and amateurism as screenwriters.  



If this slug line applies to the same scene, the same location and at the same time,
then this can be used after the slug line:


I do not understand your question about "not on the phone".  You'll have to explain it,
or, purchase:  "The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats:  Part I:  The Screenplay"
by Cole/Haag.  It is the film industry standard book.  This book will answer all of your
formatting questions and more.

I hope this is of help to you.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
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