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Parts of films, stories and plays

act

noun

one of the parts that a play, opera, or ballet is divided into. Each act is divided into two or more scenes

action

noun

the events that form part of a play or film

ad-lib

noun

something you say in a speech, play etc without preparing or writing it before you say it

aside

noun

something that a character in a play or film says that they want the audience but not the other characters to hear

backstory

noun

a set of events invented for a book, film, or play that have taken place before it begins

comic relief

noun

something that is intended to make you laugh in a serious film, play, or situation

content

noun

the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with

contrivance

noun

a clever or complicated method of achieving a particular effect, especially in a story, that seems artificial

the credits

noun

a list of the people involved in making a film or television programme that is shown at the end or beginning of it

denouement

noun

the end of a book, play, or series of events, when everything is explained

effects

noun

special artificial images and sounds created for a film

embellishment

noun

a detail added to a story to make it more interesting, especially one that is not completely true, or the process of doing this

ending

noun

the way in which something such as a story, film, or play ends

filler

noun

something that you add to a story, broadcast, article, film etc only because you have space or time to fill

footage

noun

film of a particular subject or event

l

abbreviation

line: used for referring to a particular line on a page or in a play or poem

leaven

noun

something that makes a situation, story, film etc more interesting, funny, or exciting

longueur

noun

a boring period of time, or a boring part of a book, play, film etc

part

noun

a section of a book, magazine, play, television series etc

plot

noun

a series of related events that make up the main story in a book, film etc. A second, less important story in the same book or film is called a subplot.

plothole

noun

an obvious mistake or missing element in the plot of a film, book, TV show or play

postscript

noun

information added to the end of a story, article, or report

prolog

an American spelling of prologue

prologue

noun

the beginning of a play, film, or television programme that introduces the story

quotation

noun

words from a book, play, film etc that you mention when you are speaking or writing

quote

noun

a quotation from a book, play, speech etc

scene

noun

a part of a play, book, film etc in which events happen in the same place or period of time

score

noun

the music written for a film, play etc

sequence

noun

a part of a film that deals with one event or that has a particular style

set piece

noun

an impressive part of a play, film, book, or piece of music, often done in a traditional pattern or style

setting

noun

a particular time or place that a play, book, film etc happens in

soliloquy

noun

a speech in a play in which a character who is alone talks about their thoughts or feelings

sound effects

noun

the recorded sounds in a film, television programme, or radio show, for example the sound of doors opening or cars starting

speech

noun

a part of a play when a particular character speaks for a long time

spoiler

noun

information about what happens in a story that you may not want to know about before reading a book, seeing a film etc for yourself

subtext

noun

an idea in a book, film etc that is not clearly stated but can be understood

subtitle

noun

an additional title that appears after the main title of a piece of writing such as a book, song, or play, and gives extra information

title

noun

the name of a book, poem, film, play, or other work of art

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