***[A YEAR AFTER POSTING THIS, A READER POINTED OUT THAT I WAS MISTAKEN. I CHECKED MY SCRIPT COLLECTION. YEP. HALF THE OLD SCRIPTS I OWN, THE TITLES ARE UNDERLINED. AND, AS HE ALSO POINTED OUT, IF THE STORY’S GREAT, NOBODY CARES ABOUT FORMAT ANYWAY.]***
I have spoken to my friends at Final Draft and they were unaware that the program did this. It does. It causes you to make three mistakes on your title page.
1.) MOVIE TITLES ARE IN CAPS. They are not underlined. Underlining was what your fifth grade teacher told you to do (if you’re my age) because underlining (long, long ago) told the typesetter that this stuff was meant to be in italics. Book Titles are italicized. MOVIE TITLES are in caps. Do not underline the title on your title page. My Final Draft friend said, “But titles are supposed to be underlined.” I said, “Get an old screenplay. Get Chinatown.” He did. To his surprise, hey, I was right. Just CAPS.
2.) “written by” should not have an capital W. For some reason they think it should. It shouldn’t. And it’s really hard to change in the Final Draft title page. You have to write “Wwritten by” and then erase the capital W to get “written by”. Then it’s right.
3.) Your contact information goes in the lower right corner, not lower left. If the script has brads, it’s very hard to read anything that far over to the left. My friend said, “They can put it in the lower right if they want to.” I said, “You’re the screenwriting program. They’re going to do whatever you tell them. And you tell them to put it in the lower left.”
Naturally, no one on the planet Earth had mentioned this to them besides me.
So, do what I say.
Not what they tell you to do.