What's the difference between O.C, V.O or O.S?
Can someone tell me the difference between O.C, V.O or O.S? Also which one is best to use if a person is talking who is not in the shot? I have been given conflicting advice from many screenwriters, frustratingly...
Great question! From what I understand:
O.C. (Off Camera) - best avoided in features, but popular still in TV scripts. Useful for a character who is in the same location / room - but not visible.
O.S. (Off Screen) - Much more popular than O.C. Similar to the above (same location but unseen): useful when a character is audible from the next room ... or announcing their presence before we see them (the obligatory "he's behind you!" creepy mysterious villain).
V.O. (Voice Over) - Not just for Morgan Freeman, but for a character who can be heard and is NOT in the same location (eg. on the phone).
A lot of writers mix-up the O.S. and V.O. because 'Voice Over' just looks plain wrong for phone conversations(!), but that's the way it was intended.
Hope that helps!