When Do You Capitalize Character Names?!

by christypaul2013

I know you capitalize character names the first time you see them, but what if they’re extremely minor characters, like PASSERS-BY or ONLOOKERS?

What if you’ve already seen them as a whole before, but later, you see them as a smaller group of, let’s say, DETECTIVES.

I’ve seen things that say not to capitalize character introductions if they don’t have a speaking part (unless their silent actions are important), but wouldn’t it just be easier to do it for everyone? Damn random screenplay formatting rules!