Conversations over a telephone can be tricky. There are various ways they can be presented, depending on who you would like to be the focus of attention.
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The most common way is to use an (INTERCUT), formatted as a General from the toolbar above the script. Here you would setup the first location with a brief scene (i.e. the caller dialing the phone), then set up the second location (i.e. the recipient picking up the phone) followed by a sub-header (INTERCUT between the two scenes).
INT. BLAKE CAMERONS’ OFFICE - DAY
Blake punches the buttons on his phone as if stabbing a mortal enemy.
Hey, it's Blake. You got that
INT. ADAM NORTHS’ OFFICE - DAY
Adam's face drops. He waves his assistant out of the room, cups his hand over the mouthpiece.
Uh, Blake...I'm afraid the
news...It's not good.
INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION
She's been screwing him, ain't she.
I knew it!
If you'd rather focus on a single character, you'd insert a parenthetical "beat" when we see them listening and reacting.
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
Eli's phone RINGS, he picks it up to see: "Mom" he answers it.
I just need some more time. There's
a lot to think about.
Show and Hear
If it's important to hear the other side of the conversation, the unseen character would have an extension that reads (V.O.)
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
Cindy is making her morning smoothie. Her phone begins to VIBRATE. She looks to see who it is, "Mark" She smiles and answers.
Hey, Cindy! I know I'm supposed to
wait like two days or something to
call, but I have an extra ticket to
the Dodger game today. I wanted to
see if you'd like to come with me.