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I've been considering writing a script for a story I have. I have some experience writing stories (fiction) but I have never actually written a script before so I am reading a few on the Internet to get the hang of it. There is one thing I don't understand. Sometimes a line of the script reads "Beat."
I've seen this word repeated in at least two scripts: "Signs" and "Knight Moves".
Could anyone please tell me what "Beat" stands for?
Thank you very much.
Beat - is Hollywoodesque for pause (take a moment).
Hope this helps.
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Beat should also be avoided if you can. There are more colorful ways to denote a pause in action/dialogue.
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