There are five levels of section headings. Scene headings count as the sixth level headings.
Cycle an individual subtree visibility with
TAB. Cycle global
outline visibility with
S-TAB (shift-tab) or
Acts, Sequences, Sections, and Scenes can be given meaningful titles, giving the writer a bird’s eye view of the story and structure at a moments notice.
There are many ways to approach writing a screenplay. Here’s one example of how to use Fountain Mode to Outline a script.
# Act = Synopsis of an Act. A short summary of all the crazy things that happen for the next 30-60 pages. [[ Act One Note. Useful for character motivation and obstacles. Ideas to remember, etc.]] ## Sequence = Synopsis of a Sequence. [[ Sequence Notes. A sequence can be thought of as a series of several scenes that make up their own mini-story. ]] INT. SCENE - NIGHT = Synopsis of a scene. [[ Notes to remember for a scene, such as the following: - Who wants what from whom? - What are they willing to do get what they want? - What happens if they don't get it? ]]
Experimenting with different structures can be accomplished by folding a Section Heading and moving the section to the new desired location using keyboard shortcuts.
Note: all text contained within the fold is carried to the new location.
Just as there are many ways to tell a story, there are many ways to outline a script. Because Fountain Mode uses plaintext, it does not force the writer into a single way of working. Possible structures are limited only by one’s imagination.
If you like to work on discrete pieces of your script you can open these in indirect buffers.