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What is StoryO™?

StoryO takes story organization to a whole other level! With StoryO, writers can enter ideas onto electronic index cards, rearrange and attach them to multiple sequences and timelines, then develop plot points, multiple story lines and characters along the way.

Designed for writers by writers, StoryO gives the writer a way to outline their story in broad strokes first, then flesh out details later. StoryO does not force specific writing methods, but instead allows each writer to design their own paradigms and environments that support how they prefer to organize ideas and approach each story.

StoryO boasts powerful import & export ability with Final Draft® screenplays, export of pre-production information to Gorilla™ and Chimpanzee film production software™, and can export screenplays to Movie Magic Screenwriter®, Microsoft Word® and other word processors.

   

Features

  • Story Outline – Outline your story with a built-in standardized set of topics and questions.

  • Customizable Story Paradigms – Create custom sets of topics and questions to use as you experiment with different types of projects.

  • Timeline – Create story timelines with color-coded segments and break them down to corresponding sequences of events. Drag and drop sequences to re-order the timeline, then save each sort separately, creating multiple versions of a timeline.

  • Index Cards – Use index cards to record a story’s events, plot points and other details, arrange and save them in various orders within a sequence, attach pictures and characters for more detail.

  • Characters – Create a library of characters, include profile and background information, artistic renditions and more.

  • Character Packs – Comes with over 138 built-in character images – from hero to villain and everything in between. StoryO 2 has added new character packs categories including Professionals, Military, Heroes & Villains and Fantasy, Aliens & Monsters.

  • Character Relationships – Create relationships between characters and note how they are related and how they affect one another throughout the story.

  • Screenplay Import – Import your screenplay from Final Draft using the .FDX format. Brings in all the necessary screenplay elements and allows you to view and re-organize your screenplay in the Timeline module in Index Card format. From there you can re-order or edit scenes with ease and then export back to Final Draft® when ready.

  • Screenplay Editing – Add slug line, action, characters, dialogue and transitions to your scene index cards using industry standard methods, notations and formatting for screenplays. You can also modify dialog and other elements right within the Index Card.

  • Screenplay/Index Card Export – Export your index cards in screenplay format to Final Draft®, Movie Magic Screenwriter®, Microsoft Word® or other word processor. Export pre-production story elements to Gorilla™ or Chimpanzee™ film production software and export standard-formatted story information to Microsoft Word® or other word processor.

  • Story Pitch – Present your story using pre-formatted slides – display elements from index cards, include captions, characters and images. • Reports – Print over a dozen reports to help you visualize your story from various angles.

     

Story Outline

Use StoryO’s built-in topics and questions to help you outline your story. Create your own topics and questions or use the built-in standard set of topics and questions. Identify selected questions as “what if” to play around with varied story lines and outcomes

                   
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Story Outline Main Screen
                   
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Create custom sets of topic & question paradigms
                   

Timeline

Create story timelines with color-coded segments and break them down into sequences.  Drag and drop sequences to re-order the timeline, then save each sequence to create multiple versions of a timeline.

Each timeline can be broken up into segments that can be used as acts, chapters or any “segmented” measurement of time in the story.  Each segment then contains sequences (a collection of events) and each sequence contains index cards (the events themselves).  StoryO provides a virtual sandbox where you can organize index cards, sequences and segments to make up multiple scenarios for the timeline.  Using this methodology, you’ll find it extremely simple to set up paradigms for virtually any type of storytelling.  Start from the beginning, middle or end and work any way you wish to organize your ideas.

The Timeline - Segments are color-coded, each block in the timeline is a sequence with one or more "scene" index cards attached.
                   

Index Cards

Use index cards to record scenes, events, plot points and other details, then resize, arrange and save them in various orders within a sequence. 

Attach pictures and characters and other detailed information for a particular event or piece of the story on an index card.  As you arrange the index cards into various orders within a sequence or move them to a different sequence altogether, you can save the different ordered index cards to come up with multiple storylines. 

View index cards by sequence/segment or view all the index cards attached to a particular character.

Index Cards by Sequence
                   
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Index cards by Character
                   

Characters

Create characters and enter background information. Attach character images using StoryO’s built-in library or use your own images. StoryO comes with over 138 built-in character images – from hero to villain and everything in between. StoryO 2 has added new character packs categories including Professionals, Military, Heroes & Villains and Fantasy, Aliens & Monsters.

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Character Details Screen
                   

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Sample of images included in the Character Packs
                   

Character Relationships

Create relationships between characters and note how they are related and how they affect one another throughout the story

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Character Relations screen
                   

Screenplay Editing

Add slug line, action, characters, dialogue and transitions to your scene index cards using industry standard methods, notations and formatting for screenplays. You can also modify dialog and other elements right within the Index Card.

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Index Card Detail - Edit Screenplay Info
                   

Pitch Your Project

When you’re ready, use the Pitch module to bring together elements from your index cards such as captions, characters and images to create a visual slide presentation to pitch your project!

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StoryO Pitch Module
                   

Share StoryO Information with Final Draft, Gorilla and Other Software

Import your screenplay from Final Draft using the .FDX format. Brings in all the necessary screenplay elements and allows you to view and re-organize your screenplay in the Timeline module in Index Card format. From there you can re-order or edit scenes with ease and then export back to Final Draft when ready.

Export your index cards in screenplay format to Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter®, Microsoft Word® or other word processor. Export pre-production story elements to Gorilla™ or Chimpanzee™ film production software and export standard-formatted story information to Microsoft Word® or other word processor.

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Reports

In addition to the screenplay format exports, StoryO contains a dozen reports that help you view your ideas in multiple ways:

Reports include Character List, Character Profile, Index Cards in Report Format, Index Cards in Timeline Order, Index Card Pictures, Project Group Info and Episodes, Project Information Sheet, Screenplay Format, Sequences 2 Line Boxes, Sequences Full Description, Story Outline and Timeline with Sequences

 

Index Cards with Images

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Index Cards Report

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Index Cards in Timeline Order

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Screenplay Export

Report Samples
 
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