SCREENPLAY TITLE SHEET
The title sheet is the page encountered after opening the cover, unless a "tweener" sheet is inserted as discussed separately. The title sheet
contains the title, author name(s), and contact information (as discussed below) . .
- Laser print the information on standard white paper.
- Center the title about one quarter of the way down the page in ALL CAPS without quotes, or ALL
CAPS underlined. Courier font, 12 pitch. No messing around!
- Place author name(s) a couple lines below the title, also centered. No "by" or "original
screenplay by" necessary. In cases where one writer deserves credit for the story, the other for
the screenplay, seek expert advice on proper attribution.
- Put contact information at the bottom right of the page, left justified along the center
Include mailing address, phone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address. The author name(s) need
not be repeated.
Consider leaving off the contact information completely, as:
The risk, of course, is the potential for communication breakdown--making follow-up all the more
important. E-mail address only might be an elegant modern approach.
- it may appear more professional
- non-L.A. writers may be better off not specifying location
- it reduces the chance of error
- Eliminate registration or copyright information--particularly any accompanying date. The
script is assumed to be registered or copyrighted prior to submission. Unnecessarily stating that
it is pulls and tires the eye, appears amateurish, and may even be taken as a suggestion of a lack
of trust or underlying belligerence.
NOTA BENE: Registering with the Writers Guild
of America does not provide the same legal protection as does copyrighting with the U.S. Copyright Office. Seek legal advice on this. And consider
international copyright protection.
- Strike all dates. Hollywood readers want to believe every script is hot off the "press", that
they are the very first to see it. 1999 is a whole decade, century, and millennium ago.
- Delete any sort of draft designation, e.g., "First Draft", "Review Draft", "Final Draft".
the very best effort should be sent to Hollywood. And the writer will be expected
rewrite his "Final Draft", perhaps many times, if a deal is reached.