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Guides & Resources
Glossary for Screenwriting Terms
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Action
The bulk of the screenplay is the scene description, character actions and activities, and the sounds as described.
Adaptation
Adaptation is the action or process of adapting from a written work, typically a novel, into a movie, television drama, or stage play.
Advertising
Advertising is a technique the writer uses to tell the viewer where the film is going or is the indication of some upcoming experience a character might have.
Aerial Shot
Use only when necessary. An aerial shot be taken from a plane or helicopter (not a crane). For example, if the scene is on top of a downtown skyscraper, the writer might want to indicate an aerial shot of the rooftop where the action takes place.
Aftermath
A scene of aftermath follows a dramatically heightened moment (seen or unseen) and allows the characters as well as the audience time to 'digest' the shock, pain, or joy of that moment.
Allegorical Characters
Most characters, even anthropomorphic ones, are flawed but have the possibility of change (a moral transformation or increase in wisdom), but allegorical characters are symbolic, set, and stoney.
Allegory
An allegory is a story that sets out to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral lesson. Most films are not pure allegories, where the objective is to preach; however, fables, storybook films, and fantasies often take on the allegorical model.
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Used to emphasize a specific object in a shot to indicate that a different camera angle is to be made of a previous shot.

Antagonist
This character is the protagonist’s main adversary.
Anthropomorphism
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.