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Action

Action is the easiest Fountain element — anything that isn’t parsed as another element is considered action.

Sometimes you may write some action that will be unintentionally parsed as dialogue, for example:

Jack examines his shopping list...

BLACK SHIRT
BLACK PANTS
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MAP

Here BLACK SHIRT would be parsed as a character, who then shouts “BLACK PANTS!...” We don’t want that. To prevent this, prefix the first line with ! (exclamation mark). This is known as a “forced” element.

!BLACK SHIRT
BLACK PANTS
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MAP