This is a very short piece written in a Western genre.
It illustrates the correct script format (in my humble opinion) of intermixing
stage direction with ongoing conversation. This is often called "business in
dialog," and is always shown in parenthesis. This example shows rather more
business in dialog than is typically used. Many actors consider too much stage
direction to be an annoying restriction on the exercise of their craft. Use it
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"Cowboys" by Lloyd Kremer
EXT. SLIM AND CURLY ON THE CHAPARRAL - DAY
SLIM and CURLY are on HORSEBACK atop the high chaparral. The big valley stretches majestically before them.
(takes out a hand-rolled cigarette)
When I got here fifty years ago, this was all scrub land.
(lights the cigarette)
Now you can't even buy a whole acre all in one place.
(carefully studying SLIM's face)
How the hell old are you anyway, Slim?
(takes a long, thoughtful drag)
That's a question you just don't ask.