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: 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 cause a negative first impression that gives hints about the amateurishness of the writer. 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:
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 of the page. 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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Scriptwriting software FAQ
The most popular scriptwriting softwares are Celtx and Final Draft. There are paid and free versions of Celtx and Final Draft has only paid version. You can also use Office Word to write a screenplay using by a screenplay template.
You can download a screenplay template as a Word file in our blog.