[Quick Summary: A bank robber squares off with a cop over one last high stakes heist.]
On the page, this isn't the prettiest script.
But it gets the point across, without talking down to the reader.
ex. "INT. JUSTINE'S BATHROOM - JUSTINE
Putting on makeup. She's dressed up: short black dress, fish net stockings.
HANNA: Where we going?
No answer. Hanna gets it.
HANNA (continuing; acid): Where are you going?
Hanna leaves. Then Justine looks at where he stood. Her cold demeanor cracks, then reassembles and she lights a roach, takes a hit, dumps it in the toilet and finishes her makeup."
The script doesn't try to micro-manage the mood, i.e., "He's kidding here", "Now he's sarcastic."
Instead, it trusts the reader to make the leap.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Your job is to keep the intent of the scene clear. The reader will do the rest.
by Michael Mann