Format Screenplays with Fountain

JotterPad supports Fountain markup syntax. 

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Preview Fountain Syntax

Please ensure that the file is in .fountain extension in order to preview and edit texts in Fountain Syntax.

Fountain Syntax

The Fountain syntaxes are as follows:

Basics

  • Underline font by _underscoring_ before and after the words.
  • Italicise font by placing *asterisks* before and after the words.
  • Bold font by placing **double asterisks** before and after the words.

Title Page (Optional)

The Title Page is always the first thing in a Fountain document. Information is encoding in the format key: value. Keys can have spaces, but must end with a colon.

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

Scene Headings

Scene headings can be started by typing EXT. or INT.

Scene headings are not case sensitive, although it is recommended to capitalise them for visibility.

You can also force a scene heading by inserting a single period before starting the line.

EXT. FAMILY GARDEN - DAY
.JENNIFER POV

Characters

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.

Character names can be forced by putting an @ 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?

Dialogue

A dialogue is any text that follows a Character or Parenthetical.

DAD
Let's just get pizza today.

Parentheticals

Parentheticals are wrapped in parentheses () and follow a Character or Dialogue.

CARSON
(walking out the door)
Real vampires don't sparkle!

Transition

To enable this, leave an empty line before and after the transition. The transition phrase should be in all uppercase letters, and should end in TO:

You can also force any line to become a transition by inserting a > symbol at the beginning.

When Mary started gathering all her lambs, we...

CUT TO:

INT. MODERN WORLD - 2020

Mary and Susan shared a knowing look

> Mary to Susan.

Syntax Prompt/Autocomplete

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Syntax Prompt

These are the syntax prompts that you can use to initiate a scene heading. The last syntax is used for transitioning between scenes:

INT.
EXT.
INT./EXT.
EXT./INT.
CUT TO:

Character Prompt

To reveal character dialogues, 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 lower case letters.

Fountain Preview

  1. In the editor,  tap  to enable Fountain preview.
  2. To disable Fountain preview, tap .
Updated on May 14, 2018

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