Tech Tip: Title Page
April 6, 2018
The Title Page is the first thing agents, managers and producers will see before reading your script, but there’s a reason that no script ever sold because of a Title Page: there’s a right way to make one and a wrong way to make one.
Depending on the type of script, a Title Page containing anything but the necessary, standard information can be a key indicator of an amateur writer. Final Draft’s Title Page template comes pre-formatted to the industry standard for spec scripts – scripts written on speculation from writers that aren’t under contract – and contains three simple bits of information: the title, writing credits and contact information. In this article, we’ll break down how to attach (or remove) the Title Page to the body of your script, and what to put on the Title Page.
It should come as no surprise that the very first thing to put on a Title Page is – drum roll please – the script’s title! Following that, and assuming there’s no sub, or alternate title à la Birdman and Dr. Strangelove, the writer’s or writers’ name(s) will appear directly beneath the title. Final Draft’s template also comes with a “Based On” place holder for scripts that are adapted from source material or based on a true story. The writer’s contact information, which is formatted on the bottom left-hand corner of the Title Page, comes last.
In Final Draft, the Title Page command opens the script’s Title Page in a separate document window. Open the Title Page by selecting the Title Page icon in the Ribbon (Windows) or the Toolbar (Mac) or choosing Document > Title Page. Once the Title Page document is open, type your pertinent information in over the existing sample text. Then, go to File > Close. Have further information to add such as cast and location lists? Create multiple Title Pages by positioning the blinking cursor at the end of the page and go to Insert > Page Break. The additional Title Pages will be numbered with Roman numerals. You can remove Title Page numbers by going to Document > Header and Footer and removing the Page field. Once you’re back at your script, simply resave it (File > Save), and the Title Page will be saved along with your script.
Attaching the Title Page to your script is as easy as printing or exporting to PDF and selecting “Include Title Page.” However, there are some instances when a Title Page isn’t required – submitting into Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest being one of them – in that case, uncheck the “Include Title Page” box.
Written by: Final Draft