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CONTOUR (story development) SOFTWARE
INTRODUCING CONTOUR (story development) SOFTWARE

Contour is a powerful story development system to help you transform your idea into a rock-solid, structured story outline—the exact type of character-based structure used by writers and authors of the best blockbuster movies.

Created by Emmy Award-nominated movie script writer, Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Contour lets you create a movie concept from the idea phase to a tangible, workable outline.

Contour leads you through the plot points of the "Three Act Structure" and teaches the key tenants of storytelling to craft a highly marketable movie. Contour explains the main character's quest through archetypal themes that you can find in the most successful films and movies. After you have created your story in Contour, you can quickly transfer your work into Montage, Mariner's screenwriting software, to format and start marketing your screenplay.



Story Theories and Secrets

In contrast to other story development software, Contour utilizes a fill-in-the-blanks and user-friendly interface to flesh out your ideas. Contour leads you to what parts you need to use in your story outline. Contour never leaves you to ponder, "What comes next?" That's it—fade out, roll credits. Applause, please.

Storytelling Strategies at Your Fingertips

Contour teaches the key storytelling techniques to help you write a highly sellable screenplay. It explains your principal character's journey through archetypal styles—the same styles employed by many of the top 50 runaway success movies.

Beginning Your Story is Simple

Contour will reduce the components of a successful movie for you. It contains several complete scripts of blockbuster movies which it dissects and analyzes for you. If you need more examples of how Contour works, you can check out the software creator's personal blog as he discusses current screenplays in Contour.

The User Interface

Contour offers lots of methods to make it easier to produce the most structurally sound story. Contour is made up of a number of parts. The "overarching part" is the concept, the Contour system of story creation. The following is an explanation of the user interface:

Main Window

Contour's main window consists of several parts.
  • Screenplay List pane - a set of sample screenplay elements and ones you create.
  • Content Pane - The subject material for the step-by-step process shows up here.
  • Tips and Examples - Tips detailing the principles and examples of major films.
  • Progress Meter - The progress meter allows you to understand the progress of your concept in a timeline. Each "tick" along the timeline means a step requiring careful creation.
Clicking the Ideas button, found at the lower right hand part of the screen, gives you a floating panel where you can save ideas. These ideas appear no matter what screenplay you are perfecting. You can capture your inspiration whenever you need to.

Guide Button

Clicking the Guide button opens another panel where you can outline your story. The guide reveals where key events occur in your screenplay. It gives you the approx . page numbers and a "Mnemonic Guide" to help you recall what happens where.





CONTOUR (story development) SOFTWARE
Contour (story development) Software

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