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The Director's Chair => Paul Thomas Anderson => Topic started by: Trystero on July 10, 2015, 08:58:14 PM

Title: INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - THAT MOMENT
Post by: Trystero on July 10, 2015, 08:58:14 PM
Hey guys,

I've noticed in a lot of PTA's earlier scripts that instead of the typical DAY/NIGHT/MORNING/EVENING in the scene header he'll write "THAT MOMENT" which I haven't seen any other writer do. Has he ever explained the significance of this/is it just a clever way of saying "I don't know, it happens when it happens"?

Sorry if this has already been asked and answered somewhere else, a search for "That Moment Paul Thomas Anderson" yielded a stupid amount of results.

Thanks
Title: Re: INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - THAT MOMENT
Post by: modage on July 10, 2015, 09:53:59 PM
I'm kinda a novice on this but believe that's the standard signifier when you're cross cutting between different scenes happening at the same time. And PTA does a lot of that. Xixax please correct me if I'm wrong.
Title: Re: INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - THAT MOMENT
Post by: Trystero on July 10, 2015, 10:01:17 PM
That would make sense. I've only known the transition "INTERCUT WITH" to be used for that. Just did a search of the There Will Be Blood shooting script and found no THAT MOMENT, but I don't remember much if any intercutting in that film either, soooo
Title: Re: INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - THAT MOMENT
Post by: polkablues on July 10, 2015, 10:50:12 PM
Standard nomenclature would be "CONTINUOUS". THAT MOMENT is just PTA's individualized way of saying the same thing. A little less formal, a little more evocative.
Title: Re: INT. JACK'S LIVING ROOM - THAT MOMENT
Post by: Trystero on July 10, 2015, 11:37:08 PM
Just checked out the Inherent Vice screenplay (looks like he's still doin' it), and I'd say you're on the money.