A Fountain script usually starts with some metadata stating the basic info about the script. These are colon-separated key-value pairs at the start of a file, e.g. ‘key: value’.
Other Fountain-compatible programs may refer to this as “title page” info, but metadata can store information not related to or present on the title page.
auto-insert will guide you through adding the most common Fountain metadata, prompting with likely defaults:
titleis pretty obvious, and will default to base-name of the current buffer.
creditis not actually your name, but the type of credit given to the
author, e.g. ‘written by’ or ‘screenplay by’.
authoris you or your writing team, and defaults to the value of variable
formatwill override the value of
fountain-default-script-formatfor the current script. Accepted values are: ‘screenplay’, ‘teleplay’, ‘stageplay’.
datedefaults to the current date in your locale’s “preferred” format.
source, for if you’re writing an adaptation.
contactis useful if the writer wants readers to ever get in touch to make the film/play!
All metadata keys can take either a single line of input following the colon, or a newline followed multiple lines indented with whitespace:
author: Mary Maryland and Alan Smithee
Metadata keys are case-insensitive, e.g.
Title is the same as