Writing Plays/Screenwriting/Font


Hello.  I have begun a screenplay using a font titled Courier 12, and the size of the font is 10 point.  Is this correct, or should I have used the 12 point?  As I read thru online scripts, the font sizes seem to be different from others.  Thanks, don't want to be incorrect.


I am not sure what you are asking.  Courier 12 is 12 point.  If your are using Final Draft, CELTIX, or one of the other screenwriting softwares, Courier 12 or Final Draft Courier is all 12 points.

To answer your other question, from John August

"Courier is a fixed-pitch font, meaning each character or space is exactly the same width. Since standard screenplay format is designed so that one page approximately equals one minute of screen time, consistant character spacing is important.

If you are an avid script reader, you may come across scripts written in other fonts. Most sold-in-bookstores versions of scripts are this way, and some top-tier screenwriters write in other fonts. For example, many Coen Brothers drafts commonly found online are not in Courier, but as A-list auteurs who write, direct, produce, and edit their own work, they are beholden to fewer people and have more leeway. In this instance, do not follow their example."

Hopefully, that answered your questions.

Keep writing.  

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John M. Lovett


I answer questions regarding film production and screenwriting. I will answer questions dealing with screenwriting style, ideas, film production, format, and agents.


Sixteen years working in the motion picture and television industries as a screenwriter, producer, and military technical advisor. Have two produced movies TWO WEEKS and CATHY MORGAN. Worked with Digital Ranch Productions, Warriors Inc, and Nichols Productions.

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