What do abbreviations in movie scripts stand for? For example, EXT., INT., (O.S.), (V.O.), ...

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    Unless you specify which abbreviations you're looking for, I'm not sure this'll be a straightforward question. since there could be movie specific, writer specific, era specific etc...
    – Vishwa
    Jun 5, 2019 at 3:10
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    @Vishwa, I don't think your comment is relevant here. Since there are a number of default standard abbreviations in movie scripting used by all script writers
    – Green
    Jun 5, 2019 at 6:50
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    Relevancy is matter of perspective dude. anyway, if you're looking for default/standard abbreviations, then you should mention it in your question. Even though if there is default standard abbreviations like you say, it'll still be a broad area to cover, isn't it? and how can one consider which are the standards? I don't know if there's any official guidelines , if there's then it'll be usable as a foundation to get what you're looking for
    – Vishwa
    Jun 5, 2019 at 7:15
  • @Vishwa, If a question is a straightforward question or not is a matter of perspective.
    – Green
    Jun 5, 2019 at 7:46
  • yes.. by all means if
    – Vishwa
    Jun 5, 2019 at 10:23

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These abbreviations represent the type of scene and the area where it's being filmed.

From this glossary and this page from abbreviations used in movie scripts,

EXT. => Exterior

INT. => Interior

O.S. => Abbreviation for Off Screen, denoting that the speaker is not resident within the scene.

V.O. => Abbreviation for Voice Over, denoting that the speaker is narrating the action onscreen.

You can find more abbreviations on the linked pages.

  • Really, the only other common ones I can think of would be FX/SFX (sound effect) and MOS (silent)--oh, and POV (shot from the character's point of view).
    – SpaceToast
    Jun 5, 2019 at 17:13
  • MOS= Man of Steel ;)
    – Vishwa
    Jun 6, 2019 at 5:26

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