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What Is The Difference Between A Script And A Screenplay?

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jerome penn answered
Many people don’t recognize the difference as they are closely assimilated, but whilst they may both produce the same result (a movie or television show), they are fundamentally different.

A screenplay is the larger scope of what is created by a screenwriter. It may be subject to change and numerous kinds of editing as the movie enters the production stage. The script, however, is the actual document that the people will be working with at all given times throughout the production process. Resultantly, the script provides all of the information that is required for the screenplay to come into existence.

The entertainment world is one of the largest businesses in the world, and many people aspire to be a part of this huge industry, Whether they’re people who already have a career in writing, or people who simply ‘come out of the blue’, many people are writing scripts and screenplays in an attempt to tackle this competitive sector and earn their own fame.

It’s important to learn the language used in the industry if you want to make it big. When making reference to a movie, it is formally known as a ‘screenplay’. Nobody refers to it as a script, as this is the writing that is found behind the screenplay. Next time you are watching a movie, or you are gripped by a TV show, why not remember the blood, sweat and tears that would have gone into making sure every line is delivered perfectly? It’s not as easy as you think!
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Will Martin answered
You can often use the two words interchangeably. However, the word "script" is older and has a greater number of uses. A script can be the written text of a play (for theatre or radio) as well as referring to the "blueprint" of a film. When applied to a film, the word "script" can cover descriptions of characters (appearance and personality) plot developments, descriptions of emotions felt by characters, physical actions and, of course, dialogue.

The word "screenplay" on the other hand, is much more limited in scope, as it only applies to film and television writing. It implies a greater emphasis on the visual aspects of film-making, and can apply either to an adaptation from a source text (such as a novel or play) or to an originally conceived story. In the film world, anyone who writes for movies or television is known as a screenwriter rather than a scriptwriter, and awards are given for "Best Screenplay" rather than "Best Script."
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Script is the writing of story from writer

where screenplay is translation of the script by the director in a way how it will appear on screen... Screenplay includes screen directions like fade in out, cut, dissolve, V.O and lots other things which director wants to incorporate in script.

SCREENPLAY means playing on screen where script could be of radio drama.
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Arjun Mitra answered
Not much difference between them actually. At the most a script can be just the flow of a story divided in scenes whereas the screenplay will be carrying more details of how the scene is constructed. According to many, a 'script' is more complete with scene descriptions supplemented with dialogues.

Script is a wider term. It may belong to others mediums as well including Plays. Screenplay is limited to the visual story telling on screen only.

Unlike prose where the writer has the liberty to describe what's going on in someone's mind, look at the psychology of characters whereas in a screenplay, the writer can describe only visuals, visual actions that are more tangible to show on a screen for the viewers.
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A script consists of dialogue writing with proper camera angles whereas screenplays are how the environment of the scene would look like basically its related to the expressions of the characters
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Sci-pt is a border term
it includes screeplay
it can be written for radio, TV, Talk show, News etc
it mostly contains the story, settings and dialogue
the story is divided in scenes
when applied to a film... It contains Description of characters(appearance and personally),
Plot developments, Description of emotions felt by characters, etc

where as,
Screenplay is relatively limited
its a part of the script
its usually for news, Or films
contains dialogue, settings, light, action
it is story divided in scenes but scenes in more detail.
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There not reallly different to eachother but a screenplay is mostly for tv shows and movies

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