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 The screenplay was written by David Himmelstein and features Zuzanna Surowy as Sara, Eryk Lubos, Michalina Olszanska and Paweł Królikowski. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 4 Aug. 2022 What makes Noroi: The Curse so effective is the way Shiraishi uses the conventions of TV documentaries to build a sense of creeping dread, as well as the evocative world-building and a killer screenplay (no pun intended). Katie Rife,, 30 July 2022 With a stronger screenplay and more dynamic filmmaking, the amateur acting wouldn’t be as painfully obvious. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The problem is that as the plot picks up, the screenplay by Ponsoldt and Benjamin Percy sputters. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2022 Maidaan is produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta, screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah respectively. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 The movie from Focus Features also netted Mr. Branagh nods for screenplay and directing. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021 The Orizzonti jury will present awards for best film, best director, a jury prize, best actor and actress, best screenplay and a best short film honor, picking from the titles selected for the Venice sidebar this year. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 The movie also won Oscars for best actor (Anthony Hopkins), actress (Jodie Foster), director, and adapted screenplay. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of screenplay

1920, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Screenplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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