Bela Lampert

Optioned Screenwriter / Yoga Instructor

Screenplay Title Page Myths

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It’s always dangerous when people who think they know something but they don’t know it from experience give advice to others.

That’s exactly what happens in many writers groups.

Writers who think they know that they’re doing give advice to others.

But that’s only part of the problem.

The other part is that the ones who the advice is given to believe that advice and act accordingly.

And that’s where myths are born that are passed on from writer to writer to writer, and the longer they’re out there the more writers (who can’t know any better and who can’t be blamed for that) believe it.

So it goes with title page myths.

There are two myths concerning title pages that I know of:

1. Pictures on title pages
2. Writer’s guild registration numbers on title pages

In regard to the first one, many think they should put a nice artwork on the title page in order to stand out and be remembered.

The second one has to do with the fear of being ripped off. Many writers fear that if they don’t show that the script is registered with the WGA, the producer might try to steal their idea.

So, it’s time to address the topic in my writing software courses and clear up the myths.

A hint: the reasoning that led to these myths comes from flawed thinking.

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