Formatting Your Screenplay to Industry Standard

Having a properly formatted screenplay is almost as important as having a compelling story and dynamic characters. Why? Because a producer will never bother reading your script if it’s not formatted to perfection from page one. So, I’ve put together some simple rules for screenplay formatting. If you have a formatting question that isn’t answered in these pages, feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you.

Your title page should contain the title of your screenplay with ‘Written by Your Name’ beneath. Bottom left should have your contact information. If you wrote the script but someone else came up with the story, you should have a ‘Story by’ credit below your name.

The first page of your screenplay ALWAYS starts with ‘FADE IN:’. No page number.

As of page two you start having page numbers in the top right.

All screenplays end with ‘FADE OUT.” on the far right hand side of the page.

If you’re printing and mailing your screenplay, it should be bound with brass brads. (You can buy these at Staples.)

Happy writing!

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