This article will teach you how to write an intercut in a screenplay or teleplay.
Say you have a scene in your screenplay where there are two sides of a conversation (such as a PHONE CALL), or two different scenes happening at the same time, and you don’t want to write sluglines for every scene, you intercut. It looks a little bit like this.
INT. HOUSE – DAY
The phone rings. John picks it up.
EXT. PARK – DAY
Mary is on the phone looking at the dead dog floating in the pond.
I think I found your dog.
At the park —
John grabs his keys off the counter.
Stay there! I’m coming–
John stops at the door.
Mary turns away from the pond in disgust.
John, he’s dead.
We hold on John’s face and CUT TO:
There you go, a terrible little scene I pulled out of my ass. Can you imagine if you had to write a slugline for every single side of the conversation! That would be terrible!
Not go forth young writers and write many a phone conversation.