The Cover Sheet

A Cover Sheet is a pretty bland way to make a first impression, but that's okay. When it comes to Cover Sheets, bland is the name of the game.

Some production companies will require Cover Sheets on any screenplay sent to them. Others will not want a Cover Sheet included. Most don't care one way or the other.

If you have an agent, he or she will tell you when to include a cover sheet. If you don't have an agent, you can always call the submissions department of the company to which you plan to send your screenplay and ask them their preference. Or, you can just make an executive decision. It's up to you.

If you DO include a Cover Sheet, here are the Basic Rules:

  • Punch ONLY the top and bottom holes of the Cover Sheet.

  • The paper MUST be a thin card-stock with a maximum weight of 110 lbs.

  • Although the paper color is primarily your choice, it MUST be a single, solid color. An off-white is the norm, and ivory is most commonly used and highly recommended.

  • The Cover Sheet MUST be completely blank and bare, free of any text, type, or graphics.

  • DO NOT draw or create a graphical design, logo, or script title on the Cover Sheet in an attempt to spice it up. Your screenplay will be spicing up a trash can without a single page being read.

  • If you are including a Cover Sheet, use a back cover as well using the same paper and rules.