screen·​play | \ ˈskrēn-ˌplā How to pronounce screenplay (audio) \

Definition of screenplay

: the script and often shooting directions of a story prepared for motion-picture production

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Examples of screenplay in a Sentence

an award for best screenplay each actor will be given a copy of the screenplay to study
Recent Examples on the Web James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick return to co-write the screenplay while Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, from a filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence, are back as directors. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Jessica Sharzer will write the screenplay and executive produce. Carson Burton, Variety, 11 May 2022 Sam Raimi took over directing duties while Loki writer and producer Michael Waldron stepped in to write the screenplay. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 3 May 2022 Bentham tapped playwrights Richard Bean and Clive Coleman to write the screenplay with the directive to keep it both historically accurate and emotionally grounded. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Eggers, who wrote the screenplay with the Icelandic novelist and playwright Sjon, has conjured this bloody saga out of the ancient Scandinavian narratives that supplied Shakespeare’s source material. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 One of the last major updates was Allison Schroeder, who co-wrote Hidden Figures, being tapped to write the screenplay in 2019 — though it's taken a while for the movie to come together, and it was once scheduled for release this year. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Witherspoon committed to a third entry in the franchise in 2018 and personally asked Kaling to write the screenplay. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 31 Mar. 2022 Anderson, whose film is up for best picture, best original screenplay and best director Oscars, has remained relatively silent on the subject, having briefly spoke to Indiewire earlier this year about the uproar. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of screenplay

1920, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Screenplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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