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How To Format A Title Page In Traditional Screenwriting

Format a Title Page in Traditional Screenwriting

Make a strong first impression with a properly formatted title page.

While your logline and first 10 pages both play a major role in whether your screenplay will catch the attention of a reader, nothing makes a better first impression than a properly-formatted title page.

"You never get a second chance to make a great first impression."

Not sure how to make the perfect title page first impression? Fear not! You’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through all the elements you should and should not include on your title page.

Just like the rest of your screenplay, ALL of the text on your title page should be formatted in Courier, 12-point font. Margins should be set at:

  • Left Margin: 1.5”

  • Right Margin: 1.0”

  • Top and Bottom Margins: 1.0”

Front and Center:

  1. First thing’s first, the TITLE of your screenplay!
    • The title should be written in ALL capital letters. This can also be bold or underlined, but no matter what, it must ALWAYS be capitalized.
    • The title should be centered horizontally on the page.
    • The title should start about 1/4 to 1/3 down the page (approximately 20-22 line spaces below the 1” top margin).
  2. Next up, the BY-LINE.
    • The by-line should fall about 2 line spaces down from your title line.
    • The by-line can read something like: “by” or “written by.”
  3. Last, but certainly not least for this section: AUTHOR’S NAME(S).

    Give yourself (and your team) the much-deserved credit for completing the screenplay here.

    • If the screenplay was created by you, and you alone, just include your name.
    • If the screenplay was created as a collaborative effort by 2+ screenwriters, separate writer names with an ampersand (&).
    • If the screenplay was worked on independently by 2+ screenwriters, separate names
      with the word “and.”
  4. ADDITIONAL CREDITS beneath the Author’s Name(s).

    When applicable, you can also include additional credits beneath the Author’s Name(s). This would include story and adaptation credits.

    • The additional credits should fall somewhere around 4 line spaces down from Author’s Name.
    • The additional credits can read something like: “story by” or “based on the novel by”
    • Include the original source’s author name 2 line spaces below.

Bottom Right Corner:

  1. Contact Information.

    In the bottom right corner of your title page, include your (or if applicable, your agent’s) contact information. Be sure to include your name (or your agent’s name) and email address. It is optional to also include your mailing address and phone number, but not required.

  2. Single-Spaced!

    This section of your title page should be single-spaced. Continue to use Courier, 12-point font.

A basic title page may look something like this example given in the Screenwriter's Bible, a textbook by David Trottier (below right). 

Okay, now that we’ve covered what NEEDS to be included, let’s talk a bit about what we should not include.

What NOT to Include?

  • Copyright notice

  • Your WGA registration number

  • Dates of drafts

  • Draft/Revision numbers

  • Creativity (Sorry folks, let’s save the creativity for the story. It’s best to stick to the formatting guidelines.)

Now that you’ve got the tools, let’s get to it!

Cheers to screenwriting!

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