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What Should You Put on Your Screenplay Title Page

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Not sure what to put on your screenplay title page? Here are 8 keys to making your screenplay title page looks as professional, and kick ass, as possible.

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What Should You Put on Your Screenplay Title Page

  1. 1. WHAT SHOULD YOU PUT ON YOUR SCREENPLAY TITLE PAGE? BROUGHT TO YOU BY…
  2. 2. #1: KEEP IT SIMPLE Look like a pro and go minimal Nothing screams amateur like graphics, colors, and loud fonts. (You wouldn’t believe how many writers send in scripts with graphics.) Keep your title page clean, MINIMAL, and to the basics. No extras! (Yes, this means DON’T write your title on the spine either.)
  3. 3. #2: CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAPER Turns out, paper type matters Your screenplay title page should NOT have special paper-- it should be white, unscented, un-bedazzled. Just a normal, plain sheet of white paper with your info. Your words should stand out, NOT your title page.
  4. 4. #3: BE CONSISTENT Use the same font! You may be tempted to change up the font on your title page. Something in script to suit your British period piece, perhaps, but RESIST that urge! Nothing screams "I've never written a screenplay before" like non- traditional font. Stick to Courier, 12-- the same font your screenplay SHOULD be in.
  5. 5. #4: STAY CENTERED The title needs to be centered So what goes on the title page? The title, of course! Four inches from the top, smack dab in the center of the page, you NEED to write your title in ALL CAPS and underline it. Two lines below your title, add "Written by" or "Screenplay by" and two lines below that, also centered, put your NAME.
  6. 6. #5: TEAMWORK What if you're not the sole screenwriter? If you collaborated with other writers, you'll NEED to list their names on the title page as well. If it's a team of writers, use the "&" sign between names. If multiple writers worked independently, use "and."
  7. 7. #6: CALL ME, MAYBE The great contact info debate Your contact information NEEDS to go on the bottom-left corner for a spec with no spaces between lines. Classically, this would be your name, address and phone number. This is the 21st century though, and you know they won't MAIL you a response -- your email address is all you need, but you can throw a phone number in too if you want to follow the traditional rules.
  8. 8. #7: TO LIVE & DIE (OUTSIDE) OF L.A. What if you don't live in SoCal? In the past, if you didn't have an LA area code, execs wouldn't bother reading your screenplay. This is less true now that EVERYONE uses cell phones. (You can always get a Google Voice number with an LA area code.) Just make sure to skip the cutesy AOL email from your early-internet days.
  9. 9. #8: “TODAY, IS THE GREATEST…” Include the date, yay or nay? There's debate about this as well. If you want to put the date on your screenplay, you'd put it on the bottom right corner, but many writers opt to LEAVE this off. (Unless you’re required to turn in a revision draft, this is probably best.) You want your screenplay to LOOK as new as possible whenever someone picks it up to read.
  10. 10. #9: BIND IT! Bind your screenplay with “Brad” Once your screenplay title page is DONE and READY to go, make sure it's triple-hole punched and bound with only the sturdy brass brads like the ones ACCO(R) sells. Flimsy versions aren't what the professionals use and you don't want to look like newb. Also, it's commonly accepted that spec scripts ONLY use two fasteners even though there are three holes.
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  12. 12. CONNECT WITH US! https://youtube.com/scriptbully https://pinterest.com/scriptbully https://facebook.com/scriptbully https://twitter.com/scriptbully
  13. 13. “We are all apprentices in a craft, where none of us becomes a master.” –Ernest Hemingway

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