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HTML-Formatted Screenplay Text With Fountain Scrippets

I’m a big fan of Fountain–it’s a simple plain-text syntax for writing screenplays which can be easily rendered to various standard formats: PDF, Final Draft, etc. It’s a bit like Markdown for screenwriting.

I plan to write an extended post about the format and my experiences with it pretty soon, but in the meantime I wanted to call attention to a cool, easy way to display properly formatted screenplay snippets in HTML pages: scrippets are a series of blogging / forum-software plugins designed for just that purpose.

I’ve installed the scrippets WordPress plugin, and it couldn’t be more simple to use. Say you want to display the following short scene written in Fountain:

EXT. ANCIENT ROME — DAY

ANTONIUS and IPSUM are walking down a tiny, crowded street.

ANTONIUS
Do you think in a thousand years, anyone will remember our names?

IPSUM
Not yours. But they'll know mine. Because I intend to write something so profound that  it will be remembered for the ages. Designers in the 20th Century will call for Lorem Ipsum whenever they need to fill text blocks.

All you need to do is wrap the above with scrippet tags, and WordPress will display your scene like this:

[scrippet]EXT. ANCIENT ROME — DAY

ANTONIUS and IPSUM are walking down a tiny, crowded street.

ANTONIUS
Do you think in a thousand years, anyone will remember our names?

IPSUM
Not yours. But they’ll know mine. Because I intend to write something so profound that it will be remembered for the ages. Designers in the 20th Century will call for Lorem Ipsum whenever they need to fill text blocks.[/scrippet]

In the end, it’s a dead-simple way to present formatted screenplay text in actual text, rather than having to resort to the use of an unsearchable <img> embed. I think this plugin might come in pretty handy.