If you’re writing a spec screenplay,your title page should contain the following information:
- Your script’s title
- The name of the writer(s)
- Your contact information
Your title should be:
- Centered 4″ from the top.
- In all CAPS.
- Underlined with a continuous underline .
NAME OF WRITER
If you’re the sole writer, you’ll use this format four lines below the title (please note that you can substitute “written by” with “screenplay by”):
Name of writer
Writers collaborate on screenplays. Sometimes they work in a team and sometimes they don’t. Teams of writers will use the “&” symbol between their names. Writers who worked independent of each other will use “and.”
DIVIDING SCREENWRITING CREDIT / STORY CREDIT / ADAPTATION CREDIT
If you need to distinguish between story and screenwriting credit, use the following format (please note that there are two spaces between “Name of Writer” and “story by”):
Name of Writer
Name of Writer & Name of Writer’s Teammate
If you’re adapting a novel on spec, I hope it’s in the public domain:
Name of Writer
based on the book by
Name of Author
The place for your contact information starts on the bottom left side of the title page. Use a 1.2″ margin:
Name of Contact
You can also squeeze in an address in between Name of Contact and Phone Number. Remember, there are no spaces between each field.
Now, you can put the date of the draft, your WGA information, or a copyright notice, but I don’t believe any of it’s necessary. Just make it simple. Personally, I’d keep a date off my draft — you want the reader to believe it’s the first draft. Remember, always register with the WGA and the US Copyright Office before sending out your work (or the appropriate copyright office in your country).