9 posts tagged storyteller
9 posts tagged storyteller
Can’t find the perfect background for your storyboard? Now you can upload your own images when you create a storyboard using Amazon Storyteller.
Amazon Storyteller is a free tool that allows writers to easily turn scripts into storyboards. Check out other features recently released to help enhance your storyboard including color tinting, an expanded library of characters and more props.
Bring your story to life with Amazon Storyteller, a tool that allows writers to easily turn scripts into storyboards. Our brand new features will help you visualize your story better than ever. Here are a few of the latest additions:
All-New Color Tinting
Make your characters and backgrounds black and white or full color with our new color picker tool. Select from different hues, saturation and brightness to help customize your storyboard.
We’ve significantly increased the number of characters, including more characters in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and a wider range of ethnicities such as Asian, African American, and Caucasian.
More Backgrounds & Props
If your story is based in the desert or in a western town, we now have the background for your story. We have doubled the background options available including images of airports, cabins, battlefields, and even space. New prop categories include cars, animals, sports equipment, and more.
Get started on your storyboard with Amazon Storyteller now. And keep in mind, your feedback helps shape what this tool becomes. Comment below and tell us what you think.
See the storyboard Amazon Studios writer Margina Sisson created using Amazon Storyteller for her movie project, Bob Dooley. Amazon Storyteller now allows you to upload your own background and prop images so you can enhance your storyboard. See the full Bob Dooley storyboard and how Sisson added her own images.
Bob Dooley is a family, adventure drama about Emily, a 6th grader and a compulsive liar, who needs money fast and the only way to get it is to win a True Story contest. View the Bob Dooley project page to read the script or to leave feedback.
Not having any aspiration to direct, I had never storyboarded my own scripts. For me, the idea of storyboarding was akin to waterboarding – pure torture. I was perfectly content with the glorious, twisted images I had floating in my head.
But any of you who follow my Script Magazine Balls of Steel column know I’m a competitive freak who loves a challenge. I have a quest for learning new things, so when Amazon Studios asked if I’d try the free Amazon Storyteller tool, the game was on!
Remember, I’ve never done this before, and I am no artist. Correction, I do have artistic skills, but those revolve around charcoal drawings of nude women – long story. I don’t know anything about creating pictures of clothed people with a cinematographer’s eye.
I admit to being intimidated.
Turns out, it’s not tough at all. It didn’t take long for my addictive personality to latch on and churn boards out.
Overall, the feature, in beta version, is pretty intuitive. You click on any part of the script and a suggested background shows up, complete with the characters intended for that scene. You can tweak their clothing, actions and facial expressions as well as change their orientation 360 degrees. Props can be added to the boards, including background characters as well as the ability to zoom in or out or reframe the shot.
Before I knew it, I had created a 42-board structure of my 8-page script. I told you it was addictive. Or perhaps I’m O.C.D.? OK, maybe a bit of both.
Since the tool is still in beta, there’s obviously room for improvement. One thing I wish it would do is show the boards as index cards that I could easily click and drag to reorder, just like I do when I outline my stories. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer that I want that feature. You tell me.
The props are limited and can’t be manipulated except to make larger or smaller. I wanted to lay books down on the bed but couldn’t. At the moment, there’s also no way to put a character in a prone position. But these are all small details Amazon will undoubtedly update.
Above having fun pretending to be a director, I learned a few things about writing from my storyboarding experience
“Although this is a tool that allows you to just click on a line of your screenplay to make a frame that doesn’t mean that’s all you should do.
If you take the time to make a storyboard, take the time to make it as visually engaging as it can possibly be.”
- Clint Clark, Amazon Studios writer and storyboard maker
(Read more about his experiences with Amazon Storyteller, a new tool that anyone can use to make a storyboard - even if they can’t draw.)