beat

RORSCHACH

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Farsi-persian
Hi,
I'm reading "Zodiac"'s screenplay by Jamie Vanderbilt. In the description of the scene, we read "a beat", which I don't know which meaning of beat is meant here. The scene is about the editorial board deciding on printing a code. Hayman is a member of the board and Theriot is the Publisher. please help me to understand.

Hyman, to Theiriot:

HYMAN:
Let's shoot the code and call
SFPD. If it turns out to be real, at least we'll have the material.

A beat. Theiriot nods.
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    A Glossary Of Screenwriting Terms & Filmmaking Definitions By Dan Bronzite - A Glossary Of Screenwriting Terms & Filmmaking Definitions - the link above may be helpful to you.

    Beat
    Many scripts will use the parenthetical (beat) to interrupt a line of dialogue. A "beat" suggests the actor should pause a moment, in silence, before continuing the scene. "Beats" are often interchangeable with ellipses "..."

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