Screenwriting: How To Write the Title Page
Most screenwriting has formats and templates that need to be used. This way, it is possible to determine the differences between scripts easily as well as ensure that all scripts are easy to read. The title page of a script is fairly general and plain, so it will not be created to stand out in anyway. It is the story that should set the script apart, though a great title can certainly be eye catching and make the studio want to read the script.
Step 1: Paper
The title page should not be printed on any type of special paper. The paper that is used for the rest of the script is fine. The title page also should not contain any graphics or pictures of any kind.
Step 2: Information
The only information that should appear on the title page includes the:
- author’s name
- author's contact information
- agent contact information
- any copyright notification needed
Of all the information, the title should be in bold font. If you do not use bold, then have the title be in all capital letters.
Step 3: Spacing
The title and author information should be spaced in the center of the page, both horizontally and vertically. The title is found directly in the center and 2 lines below are written by. 2 lines below written by will be the author’s name. In the lower right hand corner is where the contact information goes, yours and your agents. In the lower left hand corner will be the copyright notification.
Step 4: Font
The main font that is used for script is Courier. If you do not have this in your computer, then it can be easily downloaded. The font size of the title should not different from the rest of the script. Font size 12 is used.
Step 5: Notification
The notification found at the bottom left hand corner of the script is not standard. Some individuals feel it is amateurish to show that you are registered with the Writer’s Guild of America. However, some producers will require this information. Be aware that copyright notification has much more legal security than WGA registration. To make sure you are using this copyright notification properly, get information from the US copyright office website.
Step 6: Software
Screenwriting software will often come with its own built-in templates for title pages. This makes it very easy to ensure the title page is correct. A wizard will have you type in the title and other information, and then the software will properly center this on the page.
Step 7: Examples
If you are at all unsure about how the title page should be formatted for the specific movie style, then look up some examples. Sometimes directors will prefer a different format, so find an older example of a film they have directed and model it off that.
Step 8: The Final Cut
The final title page will look similar to the starting one, but it will contain the draft name, date, production company, management company and their contact information.