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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Synonyms for screenplay


scenario, script

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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

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Alanna Francis wrote the screenplay for the film, which is currently in production in northern Ontario. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour Join Female-Driven Drama 'The Rest of Us'," 18 June 2018 Written by Xiaoping Wang, the screenplay is actually an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s iconic, three-act opera of the same name. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Dylan Sprouse Will Star in a New Fantasy Movie Called Turandot," 30 May 2018 Coogler, who attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga on a football scholarship, didn’t know what a screenplay was until an English professor who read one of his stories suggested screenwriting. Karen Robes Meeks, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler had to develop his superpowers fast," 9 Feb. 2018 And don't even get people started on Andy's boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) — the internet has largely agreed that poor, hardworking Andy deserved better — except for the woman who wrote the screenplay for the film. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, ""The Devil Wears Prada" Writer Aline Brosh McKenna Defends Andy's Friends and Says She Was "Being a Hypocrite"," 8 Apr. 2019 The screenplay was written in part by Katherine Fugate, who co-wrote The Prince and Me and created the show Army Wives. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Only Thing Worse Than Valentine's Day Is Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 But a fine cast (including Bobby Cannavale as Laura’s feckless ex-husband) can’t compensate for the screenplay’s superficial sentimentality and lazy slapstick. That Rolls-Royce is pretty sweet, though. Shana Feste, New York Times, "Review: A Father and Daughter Renegotiate ‘Boundaries’," 21 June 2018 Hustlers will be written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who also wrote the screenplay for Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, The Meddler, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Is Joining J.Lo, Constance Wu, and More in a Film About Scamming Strip Club Employees," 19 Mar. 2019 Tan, who wrote the screenplay for the original Shirkers and starred in it, was left adrift, angry and confused. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s Shirkers is a punk feminist documentary gem," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of screenplay

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of screenplay was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of screenplay

: the written form of a movie that also includes instructions on how it is to be acted and filmed : the script for a movie

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