Could anybody, please, enlighten me as to what "off" means in the following excerpts taken from the script for the TV show "Breaking Bad"? (I've also come across the same use of "off" in other scripts).

"Our two scary Cousins glare at Heisenberg. Off them, wrathful and unblinking, their lips moving in silent prayer... and us thinking ”Oh shit. THIS can’t be good...”

He stands chest-high, frantically splashing water at the last few lumps of cash still BURNING poolside. Off our hero...

PAMELA Alright. I usually open with “So sorry you’re here...” (off Sky’s sad smile) Where would you like to begin?

PAMELA And it’s not an apartment, it’s a house that you live in? (off Skyler’s nod) Do you own outright, or is there a mortgage, or do you

SKYLER Okay. I will think about that. **Off the two of them shaking hand**s -- friendly, but strained

Off Walt, staring at him... then lowering his head in assent:

Off her, frustrated and grieving and not allowed by circumstance to even explain herself to her son...

The two slices are carefully mated. Off come the crusts, sliced with a sharp knife.

Off come their Canali suits.

Off these strange events...

MARIE He must have! Why not just say it?! -- Off Marie, left stewing now

Off Jesse, maybe just now beginning to see the light...

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    Google is your friend ask.metafilter.com/97315/On-the-meaning-of-off-on-the-page – mplungjan May 27 '14 at 8:57
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    There is Writers Stack Exchange site at writers.stackexchange.com/questions where you may get an answer from an expert. They are not movie script terms so might be directions (from a directors script) – Frank May 27 '14 at 8:59
  • I count at least three different kinds of off here. Which one are you after? – RegDwigнt May 27 '14 at 9:06
  • all of them @RegDwigнt – Yukatan May 27 '14 at 9:11
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    Then this is too broad. Also, if you have watched the show, the meaning of all of them will be clear. And if you haven't watched the show — wait a minute, what do you think you're doing reading the script before having watched the show? – RegDwigнt May 27 '14 at 9:14

Context - breaking bad

All the "Off" mentioned are guidance to the cameras except these

Off come the crusts, sliced with a sharp knife.

Off come their Canali suits.

which means "they remove the crust" and "they remove their suits"

The rest are directions

O.S. or O.C.- OFF SCREEN or OFF CAMERA. A character talks, or something happens out of view of the camera.


Short for offstage. Typically written as (off) next to a character name when a character speaking dialogue is offstage while she speaks.

In this link they also mention

You can end a scene in a screenplay or teleplay with a line of action being "Off Fran's reaction" or some such, which means the scene ends on Fran's face, as opposed to a wide shot or a shot of something/someone else. That format's not limited to shooting scripts by any means.

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