In a film, a scenario (also called scenario ) describes the preliminary stage of a script or storyboard . In contrast to these, it is less detailed. In contrast to an exposé or treatment , it does not just describe the story, perspective or stylistic devices of a film, but also implements them in a sequence of scenes, whereby the individual scenes usually mark a change of place or time.
These scenes are then further elaborated in a script or storyboard, broken down into individual settings and, if necessary, the dialogues formulated and certain effects described in detail. The scenario represents a step between the essentially still literary form of the exposé and treatment and the cinematically fully formulated form of the script and storyboard .