Format Screenplays with Fountain
The Fountain syntaxes are as follows:
To underline, type _ before and after the words followed by space or return key. You can also click U button in toolbar to underline the words.
To Italicize, type * before and after the words followed by space or return key. You can also click "I" button in toolbar to italicize the words.
To Bold, type ** before and after the words followed by space or return key. You can also click "B" button in toolbar convert texts to bold.
To centered text, click the align center icon.
Action, or scene description, is any paragraph that doesn't meet criteria for another element. You can force an Action element can by preceding it with an exclamation point !.
This is an action element. !ACTION
Tips: Paragraph with all uppercase might be incorrectly recognized as character element. Consider using ! to force action element.
Method 1: Click + button > Select Scene Headings > Choose INT. , EXT. , INT./EXT. or . > Input Location > Choose - , NIGHT , DAY , DUSK or DAWN > Select OK .
Method 2: Type out EXT. or INT. to create a scene heading. It is not case sensitive, although it is recommended to capitalise them for visibility. You can also force a scene heading by inserting . before starting the line.
EXT. FAMILY GARDEN – DAY
Characters can be created by first leaving an empty line, then typing entirely in uppercase and not leaving an empty line after it. Character notations ( ) following their names on the same line can be in uppercase or lowercase.
Method 1: Click + button > Select Character > Input Character name > Select OK.
Method 2: Character names can be forced by putting a @ symbol before the name itself. This is useful for names that have lower case letters that need to be retained.
MOTHER It's time for dinner boys!
@Elaine (over the phone) Did you hear about what Shannon did in school today?
A dialogue is any text that follows a Character or Parenthetical.
DAD Let's just get pizza today.
To enable dual dialogue, adding a caret ^ after the second character element or toggle in the character option.
DAD Let's just get pizza today. MOM ^ Yes!
A lyric must be within the dialogue. You create a lyric by starting with a line with a tilde ~ or toggle in the dialogue option.
@CHARACTER #1 ~This is a lyrics
Parenthetical is wrapped in parentheses ( ) and follow a Character or Dialogue.
CARSON (walking out the door) Real vampires don't sparkle!
The transition phrase should be in all uppercase letters, and should end in TO:. Leave an empty line before and after the transition.
You can also force any line to become a transition by inserting a > symbol at the beginning.
Click + button > Select Transition > Select any of the below transition:
DISSOLVE TO :
FLASH CUT TO:
FREEZE CUT TO:
JUMP CUT TO:
MATCH CUT TO:
MATCH DISSOLVE TO:
SMASH CUT TO:
Sections are optional markers for managing the structure of a story. In JotterPad, it is used as Act # or Scene ## in some Fountain templates.
# ACT I ## SCENE 1
A Note is created in the + option. Notes can be inserted between lines, or in the middle of a line.
Page Breaks are indicated by a line containing three or more consecutive equals signs.
The General Lee flies through the air. FREEZE FRAME. NARRATOR Shoot, to the Dukes that's about like taking Grandma for a Sunday drive. >**End of Act One**< === >**Act Two**< The General Lee hangs in the air, right where we left it. The NARRATOR'S voice kicks in.
To reveal scene heading prompts, type in the . symbol.
To reveal character prompts, key in the @ symbol.
You can also use the same symbol to force a Character element into place. This is useful for Character names with lowercase letters.
Open the fountain file > tap menu icon ⋮ > Properties.
Open the fountain file > tap menu icon … > Properties.
Select File > Properties > Input text appropriately.
Open the fountain file > tap Properties.
Title: _**BRICK & STEEL**_ _**FULL RETIRED**_ Credit: Written by Author: Stu Maschwitz Source: Story by KTM Draft date: 1/20/2012 Contact: Next Level Productions 1588 Mission Dr. Solvang, CA 93463
There are many templates that you can now choose and write from on your Fountain documents. These include :
Dramatists Guild Modern Musical
Television Taped Drama (BBC)
Television Taped Sitcom (BBC)
Radio Sitcom BBC Cue Style
Radio Drama BBC Scene Style
Radio Drama (U.S.)
BBC Film Screenplay
BBC Stage (U.S.)
BBC Television Three-Camera (U.S. Sitcom Format)
BBC Stage (UK)
BBC Screenplay for Television
BBC Television Tape-Live (U.S. Studio Format)
To view the script in draft mode, print draft to PDF. To export the final script, print using templates.
In-app Purchase : Creating, editing & printing fountain scripts require Pro or Pro Cloud In-app Purchase.
Please ensure that the file is in .fountain extension.
Updated on: 25/07/2022