THE ANSWER TO ALL FORMATTING QUESTIONS EVER
Jim from Ada, MI asks:
I have a question re: formatting. On a spec script, is it acceptable to begin it with OVER CREDITS? I want to use a series of shots or montage to establish environment/ character.
The answer to all screenplay formatting questions is (1) refer to The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats: The Screenplay, available at most national book sellers, and (2) read lots of screenplays. They are available online at sites like Drew’s Script-O-Rama, The Daily Script, Screentalk and others. I particularly like Screentalk because all of the scripts are in PDF format and, thus, retain the same format in which they were written. You will see there is a baseline of formatting rules and there is wide variety in how the rules are applied or, often, ignored by very successful writers. In a spec script, the formatting must serve the narrative.
As for your specific question, the answer is “yes”. However, I do not recommend using “OVER CREDITS” ever inasmuch as it takes away from the narrative. It is never very important to your story where the credits fall. That is a director/editor issue. Focus on telling a good story.