Your Screenplay’s Title Page

If you’re writing a spec screenplay,your title page should contain the following information:

  1. Your script’s title
  2. The name of the writer(s)
  3. Your contact information


Your title should be:

  • Centered 4″ from the top.
  • In all CAPS.
  • Underlined with a continuous underline .


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”):

written 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.”


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”):

screenplay by

Name of Writer


story by

Name of Writer & Name of Writer’s Teammate

If you’re adapting a novel on spec, I hope it’s in the public domain:

written by

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
Phone Number
Email Address

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).


William Robert Rich
William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich is a story analyst, screenwriter, and co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan. He's currently based in Austin, Texas.

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  1. How would you write the title page if you are using a pseudonym?

    Also I would love to get your opinion about how rigorous one should be in the using that pseudonym in life? I would imagine that those who might produce your work would know your real name, correct?

    But I am curious as to exactly how one begins to integrate a pseudonym into life so that it is useful for privacy of self and others, but also manageable?

    I appreciate your expertise,

    • Hi Lorelei – It’s as simple as putting the pseudonym on the page instead of your real name. Now, if your work has a legitimate offer on the table then following your attorney’s advice is good practice in regards to your privacy options.

  2. I’ve seen title pages with contact information on the right side. Is that the wrong way of doing it or does it not matter either way?

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