Amazon has received a lot of the credit for the e-book revolution by making it easier for independent authors to get their work to readers on tablets and e-readers. Now the company is ramping up its suite of creative services further by offering an amazing new tool that could best be described as Photoshop for storyboarding.
Storyteller is tool that takes your original script and allows you to quickly and easily create a visual storyboard layout of the entire story using the software's menu of pre-drawn backgrounds, characters, props, and interior settings. Commenting on the reasoning behind the launch of the new tool, Amazon Studios director, Roy Price, said:
"We've found that many writers want to see their story up on its feet in visual form but find it harder than it should be to create a storyboard. Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department and assistant editor—everything you need to bring your story to life."
The company really should create a video demonstration of how the system works, because if you haven't used it, the process may not necessarily be clear or that attractive at first glance. But once you actually try Storyteller, it's pretty addictive. The software not only gives you an entire world of visual elements to play with, but it also allows you to modify the physical traits of the characters in your story in very specific ways.
Once you're done with your storyboarding, you can then easily output the story graphic to a jpeg file. Those allergic to some of the complications of the aforementioned Photoshop need not worry, the interface for Storyteller is refreshingly simple and straighforward, allowing you to easily construct scenes while viewing your text on a small sidebar.
Those familiar with the art of storyboarding, a visualization tool common to the movie-making process, will appreciate the convenience of this software. However, it wouldn't be surprising to find at least a few writers using this to create a kind of graphic novel. For Amazon, this latest software product is also a clever way for the company to encourage submissions to its Amazon Studios venture, a project designed to find film and television scripts from creators outside of the Hollywood studio system. You can give Storyteller a try here.