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If a screenplay is based on actual events, is it ok to indicate so on the title page? How would you do so?  Also, two conversations are taking place at two different tables in a restaurant. How would you format the "jump" from Dave's table to Bob's table, and back and forth? Thank you

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Dave,

If your screenplay is based on actual events, you could put that information in your synopsis and cover letter.  The phrase 'Based on Actual Events' or something similar do not belong on the title page of a screenplay.

Formatting questions are more fully answers by D. Trottier's book 'The Screenwriters Bible.'

If I were writing a scene in a restaurant focusing on two separate tables, I would start with a slugline establishing the characters in a restaurant.  Then, I would use minor sluglines to switch between the tables.

Example

INT. COFFEESHOP - DAY

Bob and Dave sit in separate booths in opposite ends of the restaurant.

Bob has his head down holding a cell phone.

Dave sits with Jane.

BOB'S TABLE

Action, dialog

DAVE'S TABLE

Action, Dialog

Hopefully, that all works for you.

Keep writing my friend.

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