Definition of screenplay in English:



  • The script of a film, including acting instructions and scene directions.

    • ‘Each night, the citizens of Los Angeles commit atrocities on each other which rival the most violent screenplays from the film studios a few miles away.’
    • ‘It was through Laurent that I started writing screenplays for short films.’
    • ‘He became much more than the sum total of his own films and screenplays.’
    • ‘She spends hours writing screenplays and acting out scenes with her army of cuddly animals toys.’
    • ‘After the failure of his novels, he wrote screenplays in Hollywood for a few years.’
    • ‘This is a Shakespeare adaptation, not an original film with an adapted screenplay.’
    • ‘If screenplays are not literature they still use language, and are about visions.’
    • ‘Any element of fright that may have been in the screenplay is long gone in the final cut of the film.’
    • ‘You work without a screenplay and the whole film rests on a long process of preparation.’
    • ‘Like most Neil Simon screenplays, this is a film that is made or broken on the strength of the actors' performances.’
    • ‘During his time as a script reader he had the opportunity to read over 2000 screenplays in the space of two years.’
    • ‘I wrote an original screenplay for a film which has the working title Personal Honour.’
    • ‘Since going online two weeks ago in the US, 800 screenplays and 450 short films have been posted.’
    • ‘He's currently working on screenplays for film and television.’
    • ‘It's a combination one might expect from the man responsible for the screenplays to the films Shadowlands and Gladiator.’
    • ‘When I was first becoming a screenwriter I was a journalist and I wrote my screenplays at night and on weekends.’
    • ‘He wrote the screenplays for the Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's early films, quite remarkable films.’
    • ‘Mamet has written the screenplays for many commercial films on a for-hire basis.’
    • ‘Sofia Coppola earned an award for the screenplay for her film Lost in Translation.’
    • ‘Almost as bad as the direction is the embarrassment of a screenplay that tells us everything and shows us nothing.’
    plot, outline, storyline, framework, structure, scheme, plan, layout
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