Screenplay Rules: Describing Camera Direction

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Many screenwriters, especially those who are looking to direct their own projects, make note of the camera in their screenplays. Take for instance these camera directions from the screenplay of Kill Bill:

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Notice how the word CAMERA is always capitalized. The words “we” and “us” are used to refer to the camera, and those words stay uncapitalized. Like:

We dolly into the bedroom, as the CAMERA focuses on Julie, who lays in bed.

Also, capitalize any words that relate to the camera’s movement. Such as:

CAMERA WHIPS to see Jerry, who sits at a typewriter

Even without the word “camera” there is implied camera movement that should also be capitalized. Like this:

She steps INTO VIEW, and then falls OUT OF FRAME


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