A montage should progress the narrative and build to a climax, using a series of short scenes that are illustrative or transitional in nature.

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A montage consists of a series of short scenes or shots, which means there will usually be a new location setting and camera setup that will need to be planned. To start a montage begin with a sub-header (BEGIN MONTAGE:), formatted as a General from the toolbar above the script, followed by scene headings for each new location. A new sub-header (END MONTAGE.) brings us back.

Like this:

BEGIN MONTAGE:

EXT. PARK - DAY

Jason and Charles stretch and limber up.

EXT. BEACH - DAY

Jason and Charles struggle to jog down the beach.

EXT. GYM - DAY

Jason and Charles run on treadmills, increasing the speed.

EXT. STADIUM - DAY

Jason and Charles run up and down the stadium steps.

EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY

Jason and Charles run down the road side by side. Charles gives Jason a mischievous look and takes off. Jason chases after him until they reach the swimming hole and they jump in.

END MONTAGE.

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