Introducing Amazon Storybuilder—A New Tool That Helps Writers Build Movie and Series Outlines
Amazon Studios continues to add features and tools that help content creators
Storybuilder transforms the traditional process of notecarding—makes it digital and gives writers access to their ideas whenever and wherever inspiration strikes
Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced a new product innovation to help writers, Amazon Storybuilder. Based on the popular method of outlining a screenplay with paper notecards, Amazon Storybuilder takes notecarding and makes it digital, giving screenwriters the ability to lay out digital notecards on a virtual corkboard to capture the beats of their story. With Amazon Storybuilder, notecards are saved online instead on a physical board, giving users access to their projects whenever and wherever inspiration strikes – on their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Currently in beta, Amazon Storybuilder lets writers add text and images to their notecards to help inform each story concept. Writers using Amazon Storybuilder may also invite trusted reviewers to privately look at Amazon Storybuilder notecards and provide feedback or share new ideas. For more information on how to get started with Amazon Storybuilder, visit www.amazonstudios.com/storybuilder.
“Technology is already transforming how filmed entertainment is produced and distributed, and many of the tools writers use to craft stories could become more accessible with a technology update—paper notecards are a perfect example,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “With Amazon Storybuilder, we are translating a writer’s physical index cards and corkboard into the digital world and giving them access to their ideas anywhere they are—if an idea pops up writers can edit their digital corkboard instantly on any mobile device. We can’t wait to hear what creators think of Amazon Storybuilder.”
Amazon Storybuilder is free to use and Amazon Studios acquires no ownership or option rights on projects created using the tool. Amazon Storybuilder follows the launch of Amazon Studios’ first script development tool, Amazon Storyteller, which launched last June as a free online tool that turns scripts into storyboards, complete with characters and dialogue that can then be shared with others for feedback.
About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and will then be notified within 45 days if that script is optioned. Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions and those who choose to make their projects public may also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community. Recently, Amazon Studios announced 11 new pilots including: kids pilots Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, The Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof!; half-hour pilots Mozart in the Jungle, The Rebels and Transparent; and hour pilots Bosch and The After. The pilots will be available on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year for all customers to watch and provide feedback. Last month, Amazon Studios debuted its first comedy series Alpha House and Betas available exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon LOVEFiLM in the UK.
Since launch, more than 19,000 movie scripts and 5,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. Amazon Studios continues to invite creators to upload their proposals for drama, comedy and children’s programming at http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series or submit them privately via Amazon Studios.
Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon’s IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.
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