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Everything above the first page of the document is front matter: metadata containing title, author, issue #, contact info, etc.
Written by JP Silvaor simply
by JP Silvais a shortcut for
writer: JP Silva
Justin Wrote a Comic Book
by JP Silva
100 Food Court
Lexicon, MO 12345
Lines containing just
PAGES, followed by a number or a range of numbers,
are treated as page headings. These headings are automatically set in bold, capital letters, and a page break
is inserted above.
When you print or export your script, page headings will be converted into words to follow
PAGE 12 in Superscript will become
TWELVE in PDF.
Lines containing just
Panels, followed by a number or a range of numbers,
are treated as panel headings.
Page and panel headings are automatically numbered for your convenience. Adding or removing page or panel headings will automatically recalculate the heading numbers following them.
pagebecomes "PAGE 1". The next
pagewill become "PAGE 2" and so on.
5 pagesbecomes "PAGES 2-6".
pages 5-9will automatically be renumbered when you add or remove pages before it, keeping the same range between the numbers.
Page and panel ranges are great for writing splash pages, panel sequences and for writing outlines early on in the script.
The same shortcuts work for
panel as well. Panel headings will begin with "1" at the start
of each page.
Pro tip: for an even shorter shortcut, type an uppercase "P" and hit enter to create a page heading. Type a lowercase "p" and hit enter to create a panel heading.
An even proier tip: for whatever reason, you might want to specify a page or panel number and not allow it to be set automatically.
Suppose you know what you want on page 5, but you haven't written pages 2-4 yet. Just add a period after the number. Type
PAGE 5. and autonumbering will leave the page number alone and begin numbering pages again with the following heading (next would be "6").
This period will not be exported or printed.
page panel panel 4 panels panel 2page panel panel
Lines ending in a colon —
: — are treated as character headings and automatically set in
all-caps. Parenthesized —
(WHISPERING) — or bracketed —
[WHISPERING] — words may appear
after the colon. Anything else after the colon will make the line treated as plain
Character headings are automatically numbered when exporting or using letterer mode, restarting with number 1 for each page. Generally, each new word bubble should have its own character heading, even if the same character is speaking in two consecutive word bubbles.
Pro tip: type
: and hit enter to reuse the previous character name. Type
:: to reuse
the character name before that, and so on. Parentheticals are not duplicated from previous character headings,
just the name. You may add a parenthetical while using the shortcut:
[CAPTION]: New York, 1954 [SFX]: CRASH! MAN TRAPPED UNDER A FALLEN TELEPHONE POLE: (SHOUTING) Heeeellllp!!! HERO: Have no need to fear! HERO: For I am here. Hero's POV: a sign that reads "This is not a character heading".
Lines indented with two spaces or a tab are treated as dialog. This also includes titles, captions, sounds effect and narration.
HERO: Have no need to fear!
A panel count is automatically inserted next to the page header when exporting and printing. This may be overridden by placing a parenthetical line following the page heading.
(1 small, centered panel)
All other text is considered descriptive text and left unstyled. Typically, this kind of content is put after panel headings and before characters and dialog, but it could be placed anywhere in the script: just below the page heading, between dialog blocks, etc.
With her cape flapping in the wind, she stands atop the skyscraper, surveying the rotting city below.
You can insert lists either by using the format toolbar in the View menu or with basic keystrokes.
Begin a line with an asterisk (
*) and a space to create a bulleted list item.
Begin a line with a numeral, a dot and a space to create an ordered list item. Indent lines with
the Tab key for nested lists. Outdent by pressing Shift+Tab.
Character flaws * Greed * Pride * Anger * Lust * Envy * Gluttony * Sloth Outline 1. Act I 1. Roberto is a simple, blue-collar oil driller on Mars 2. Roberto find way to make money quick 2. Act II 3. Act III 4. Act IV
Use Markdown-style headings to add additional, non-script pages to your document to accompany the script. These can be used for outlines, summary, notes to the artist, act breaks, or anything else you find useful.
Start a line with 1-6 hash marks (#) for different heading levels. (1 is the biggest. 6 is the smallest). A heading with 1 hash is used as a page heading, which begins the supporting page. Subheadings (2-6 hashes) are only allowed on these non-script pages. Likewise, panel headings, character headings and dialog are not allowed on non-script pages.
The hash marks are removed when printing and exporting.
# Notes ## Random ideas ## Inspiration ### Old movie references ### Comic references # Outline
All words in dialog sections are tallied and displayed on the corresponding character, panel and pages headings. To view the word count, select "Toggle Dialog View Count" from the "View" menu.
You can show and set limits for word count per page and per bubble by clicking "Dialog Word Count Settings" in the "View menu".
Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while?
Yea, and I will weep a while longer.
I will not desire that.
You have no reason, I do it freely.
vocabulary front matter variables will give all the entries special powers.
You can add
klaatu to the
vocabulary variable and later, when you type
klaatu, it won't be treated as a
misspelled word. What's more: typing
kla will make suggestions pop up to autocomplete the word.
Not every script needs these, of course, but they should be immensely helpful for sci-fi and fantasy scripts, where spelling strange words the same way each time can be a challenge.
You can see all available words by pressing down the Ctrl + Space keys anywhere in your script.
Pro tip: you can add any word or phrase in your script to either the character or vocabulary list by selecting it, right clicking and selecting "Add to character list" or "Add to vocabulary list".
characters: Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Worf, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Gandalf Mike Wazowski, Optimus Prime, Peter Venkman, Albus Dumbledore vocabulary: klaatu, barada, nikto
On the left side of the window, you'll find a list of numbered page links. Click on a page link to scroll directly to the top of that page. Hover over the page navigation to see the panel count and word count of each page at a glance (p = panel; w = word). Either double click or right click on a page link to toggle it as bookmark. Bookmarks are saved along with your script, so you can use them later.