Screenplay title page: How to format it?

Screenplay title page: How to format it?

In this post series, we will discuss the sections of a screenplay and the issues that you need to pay attention to in order to present your screenplay successfully. Let’s start from the very beginning: the Screenplay title page.

Although this section looks very simple, it is important in terms of the impression that your screenplay has on the reader. The most common mistakes made on the cover page are; using exaggerated fonts, adding big titles and various visuals to the cover. Let’s make it clear that the creative solutions made with fonts and visuals on the cover page will not benefit your screenplay at this stage. On the contrary, this kind of cover page can create an amateur impression on the reader and not be taken seriously. Therefore, we recommend that you create a classic and simple screenplay cover without having to put too much risk. You just have to write the name of the writer and the title of the film.

12pt Courier New font should be used in a screenplay title page which looks like this:

The screenplay examples that we will use in this and the following posts are based on Time to Love (1965) by Turkish director Metin Erksan.

Is that all for the screenplay title page?

Yes, that’s all! However, if necessary, you can also add your contact information to the bottom right. Except for this; we recommend that you avoid adding details such as subtitles, draft and copyright information, date and character list. Remember, at this stage, there is no information that a professional evaluator (could be a producer, sponsor, or actor you want to work with) is interested except the name of the screenplay and the writer.

Last but not least, there are software solutions such as Celtx and Final Draft that make covers and other edits for you. However, we recommend using Office Word, which is more common and allows the user more freedom. At the end of this series of posts, we will prepare and share a screenplay example as a Word template. Thus, you will be able to format your screenplay automatically and have a standard format easily.

In the next post, we will talk about scene headings.

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