The CHARACTER NAME is formatted in uppercase letters and indented 3.5" from the left margin.
Before a character can speak, the writer inserts a CHARACTER NAME to let the reader know this character's dialogue follows.
A character name can be an actual name (JOHN) or description (FAT MAN) or an occupation (DOCTOR). Sometimes, you might have COP #1 and then COP #2 speaking. It is okay to identify the speaking parts like this, but actors will like you more if you personalize their part with a name. Try to be consistent.
When you use script writing software the use of long, difficult to type character names is a breeze. The programs automatically learn and keep track of the CHARACTER NAMES you use, allowing for consistency and ease. No need fear those JACQUELINEs and DR. FRANKENSTEINs; two quick keystrokes are all you will need to make them appear on the screen.
Script writing software will also insert the correct spacing from the previous paragraph style, saving you thousands of keystrokes during the writing process.
FADE IN: EXT. KEY WEST MARINA - DAWN - ESTABLISHING Sailboats, yachts, and cabin cruisers all bob up and down in the warm blue water. INT. MASTER SUITE - MORNING Expensive designer sheets and comforter covers the nude, shapely body of drop dead gorgeous JULIE COOPER, 25. Sunlight filters through portholes over the muscled, tan body of FRANKIE CAMPISI, 38. He pulls the comforter down and begins kissing Julie's naked body. FRANKIE