Basic Styles โ€‹
The Fountain syntaxes are as follows: โ€‹
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Underlineโ€‹
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.โ€‹
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Italicsโ€‹
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.โ€‹
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Boldโ€‹
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.โ€‹

Center Text
To centered text, click the align center icon.


Screenwriting Elements

Action
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 !.

Example:
This is an action element.

!ACTION


Tips: Paragraph with all uppercase might be incorrectly recognized as character element. Consider using ! to force action element.

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Scene Headings โ€‹โ€‹
Method 1: Click + button > Select Scene Headings > Choose INT. , EXT. , INT./EXT. or . > Input Location > Choose - , NIGHT , DAY , DUSK or DAWN > Select OK .โ€‹โ€‹
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Method 2: โ€‹โ€‹Type out EXT. or INT. to create a scene heading. โ€‹โ€‹It is not case sensitive, although it is recommended to capitalise them for visibility. โ€‹โ€‹You can also force a scene heading by inserting . before starting the line. โ€‹โ€‹

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Example:
EXT. FAMILY GARDEN โ€“ DAY
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.JENNIFER POV
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Characters
Characters can be created by first leaving an empty line, then typing entirely in uppercase and not leaving an empty line after it. โ€‹Character notations ( ) following their names on the same line can be in uppercase or lowercase.
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Method 1: Click + button > Select Character > Input Character name > Select OK.โ€‹
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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. โ€‹

Example:
MOTHERโ€‹
It's time for dinner boys!

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@Elaine (over the phone)โ€‹
Did you hear about what Shannon did in school today?


Dialogue โ€‹
A dialogue is any text that follows a Character or Parenthetical. โ€‹
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Example:
DAD โ€‹
Let's just get pizza today.
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To enable dual dialogue, adding a caret ^ after the second character element or toggle in the character option.

Example:
DAD โ€‹
Let's just get pizza today.

MOM ^
Yes!
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Lyrics
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.

Example:
@CHARACTER #1
~This is a lyrics


Parenthetical โ€‹
Parenthetical is wrapped in parentheses ( ) and follow a Character or Dialogue. โ€‹
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Example:
CARSON โ€‹
(walking out the door) โ€‹
Real vampires don't sparkle!โ€‹


Transition โ€‹
Method 1:โ€‹
The transition phrase should be in all uppercase letters, and should end in TO:โ€‹. Leave an empty line before and after the transition.

Method 2:
You can also force any line to become a transition by inserting a > symbol at the beginning.โ€‹
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Method 3:โ€‹
Click + button > Select Transition > Select any of the below transition: โ€‹
CUT TO:โ€‹
DISSOLVE TO :โ€‹
FADE IN:โ€‹
FADE OUT:โ€‹
FADE TO:โ€‹
FLASH CUT TO:โ€‹
FREEZE CUT TO:โ€‹
FREEZE FRAME:โ€‹
IRIS IN:โ€‹
IRIS OUT:โ€‹
JUMP CUT TO:โ€‹
MATCH CUT TO:โ€‹
MATCH DISSOLVE TO:โ€‹
SMASH CUT TO:โ€‹
STOCK SHOT:โ€‹
TIME CUT:โ€‹
WIPE TO:

Sections
Sections are optional markers for managing the structure of a story. In JotterPad, it is used as Act # or Scene ## in some Fountain templates.

Example:
# ACT I
## SCENE 1


Note
A Note is created in the + option. Notes can be inserted between lines, or in the middle of a line.

Page Break
Page Breaks are indicated by a line containing three or more consecutive equals signs.

Example:
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**<

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>**Act Two**<

The General Lee hangs in the air, right where we left it.  The NARRATOR'S voice kicks in.



Syntax Prompt/Autocomplete โ€‹

Heading Prompt
โ€‹To reveal scene heading prompts, type in the . symbol. โ€‹



Character Prompt โ€‹
To reveal character prompts, key in the @ symbol. โ€‹
You can also use the same symbol to force a Character element into place. This is useful for Character names with lowercase letters. โ€‹




Title Page
Android:
Open the fountain file > tap menu icon โ‹ฎ > Properties.

iOS
Open the fountain file > tap menu icon โ€ฆ > Properties.

Macโ€‹
Select File > Properties > Input text appropriately.

Web
Open the fountain file > tap Properties.

Click on the properties icon to insert title page in web

Example:

Title:โ€‹
_**BRICK & STEEL**_โ€‹
_**FULL RETIRED**_โ€‹
Credit: Written byโ€‹
Author: Stu Maschwitzโ€‹
Source: Story by KTMโ€‹
Draft date: 1/20/2012โ€‹
Contact:โ€‹
Next Level Productionsโ€‹
1588 Mission Dr.โ€‹
Solvang, CA 93463



Supported Templates
There are many templates that you can now choose and write from on your Fountain documents. These include :

Broadway Musical
Dramatists Guild Modern Musical
Screenplay
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)
Podcast News
Podcast Interview
Podcast Co-Host/Hybrid


Preview Scriptโ€‹

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. โ€‹
Please ensure that the file is in .fountain extension.
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