1. PARAGRAPH TYPES In the bodies of screenplays, Nellie recognizes 8 types of paragraphs. 1.1. ACT HEADINGS To create the title of an act, insert the title between > and <. >ACT 1< Do not create a title longer than 60 characters. Characters in excess of this limit are not included in the PDF. Nellie inserts page breaks before Act Headings. Nellie centers Act Headings and renders them in boldface. 1.2. END HEADINGS To indicate the end of a screenplay, insert the end message between > and <. >END OF THE PSYCHIC CHICKEN< Do not create an End Heading longer than 60 characters. Characters in excess of this limit are not included in the PDF. Nellie centers End Headings and renders them in boldface. To be recognized as an end message, the message must begin with END. If the message does not begin with END, the message is interpreted as an Act Heading and is pushed to a new page. The standard screenplay format does not indicate the total number of pages in a screenplay. It is useful to explictly indicate the end of a screenplay so that readers know that no pages are missing. 1.3. SCENE HEADINGS To create a scene heading, start the heading with a dot. .INT. DINER - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. Nellie adds scene numbers to Scene Headings. Nellie renders Scene Headings in boldface. 1.4. ACTION PARAGRAPHS Action paragraphs are the default paragraph type. Action paragraphs do not require explicit markup unless they begin with ., (, @, or >. Action paragraphs that begin with these symbols must have a space character prepended to them to prevent them from being recognized as other paragraph types. Insert blank lines between Action paragraphs. 1.5. CHARACTER CUES To create a character cue for dialogue, start the cue with @. Do not insert a blank line after a Character Cue. @JOHN Where am I, and who are you? 1.6. PARENTHETICALS To create a parenthetical instruction wrap the content in parentheses. Parentheticals follow Character Cues or Dialogue. @JOHN (whispering to himself) How did I get myself into this mess? A parenthetical must start with the open parenthesis character. Do not insert a blank line before or after a parenthetical. 1.7 DIALOGUE Dialogue paragraphs follow Character Cues or Parentheticals. A block of dialogue ends at the next blank line. @JOHN This is some dialogue. (parenthetical) This is some more dialogue. (This is another parenthetical) The is the last bit of dialogue Dialogue paragraphs do not require explicit markup unless they begin with ., @, or >. Dialogue paragraphs that begin with these symbols must have a space character prepended to them to prevent them from being recognized as other paragraph types. 1.8. TRANSITIONS To create a scene transition, start the transition with >. >FADE IN: >CUT TO: >DISSOLVE TO: Nellie right justifies transitions. 2. EMPHASIS By convention, screenplays are formatted in 12pt Courier. Nellie provides no means to change the font. To emphasize words, underline them. Nellie underlines words that are bookended with underscores. Each word must be underlined separately. _This_ _is_ _underlined_ _text._ 3. TITLE PAGES A title page with placeholder information is automatically added to your screenplays. To replace the placeholder text, add the following lines to the beginning of your screenplays. Replace the values after the colons with your information. Title: THE PSYCHIC CHICKEN Author: Carnaby Fimblethicke Draft Date: February 2018 Contact: email@example.com Each line is a paragraph as it is defined by Nellie. Indicate the end of each line by pressing Return on the keyboard. To create multiline values, break the keyword line after the colon. Place the lines of your multiline value after the keyword line. Each line of a multiline value must begin with a space. To indicate a blank line, insert a line containing only a space character. Title: THE PSYCHIC CHICKEN Author: Carnaby Fimblethwicke and Mortimer Calhoun To make today's date the Draft Date, make its value $D. Draft Date: $D Nellie will not format a title page by itself. You must have at least one paragraph of screenplay for Nellie to produce PDF output.