Arts & Entertainment

How to Format a Pre-Lap in Your Screenplay

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 17, 2020 • 1 min read

Film and TV writers have a multitude of ways of formatting cuts, shots, and transitions in screenplays. They can add off-screen dialogue to a scene, a montage, a chyron, or a sound transition known as a pre-lap. Adding a pre-lap to a scene allows screenwriters to seamlessly blend sound from one scene to another.