Contour

Developer: Mariner Software

Current Version: 1.2.7

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 2.6 MB - Download

Description:

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"If you’re trying to finish a big box office feature but your story seems to run out of steam around page 60, Contour could help you lay a proper foundation that better equips your story for success."

3.5 out of 5 mice
Macworld Magazine


"Jeff has an acute understanding of the kind of story structure that makes for successful movies. By analyzing blockbusters he extrapolates a story construction model that is surprisingly simple and universally applicable. And, best of all, it works."

Tim Hill
Director
Alvin and the Chipmunks


"Screenwriting is an art, and Jeff Schechter conveys both the craft and the soul of the trade. A gifted teacher, he provides methods which will help you both structure and elevate your best ideas."

David Sacks
Executive Director
The Simpsons


Have a great idea? Then get it out of your head and onto the page!

Developed in tandem with Emmy Award-nominated screenwriter Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Contour is a proven story development system that streamlines the process of turning your movie ideas from first glimmer to full outline. Using the Contour story development system you’ll learn how to use the same character-based structure that all blockbuster movies use to create solid stories that hold together from Fade In to Fade Out. With its intuitive, fill-in-the-blanks approach, Contour shows you exactly what elements need to be in your script, never again leaving you to wonder, “what comes next?” Also available for iOS. El Capitan compatible!

A must-have for every screenwriter.

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Follow Jeffrey Alan Schechter's personal blog as he breaks down current screenplays in Contour.

http://mystorycanbeatupyourstory.com/blog/

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Release Notes:

Fixed a problem that prevented Contour, in certain situations, from saving data as expected.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by glennluther

Fantastic app for story ideas - I started off by using Contour on my iPhone. It was a good test to see if I wanted to expand it to my laptop. Contour really helps you break down your story ideas and organize them into a solid executive summary. I am writing a novel and the structure Contour provides helps me push new ideas to paper quickly. I understand, Contour is not specifically designed for novelists, but it is the best software I have found that allows me to pound out my new story ideas in just a few minutes. I hope to see Mariner Software seamlessly integrate its other apps in the future. It would be great to move from Contour to StoryMill to Narrator by clicking a simple migrate button. If not, I still highly recommend this app. Try it out on the iPhone first, it will let you get a good idea of what the desktop version will do.

Found helpful by 28 out of 31 people
2/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by poldevia

Sync or Sink - So I have this on my iphone and my laptop. Why can’t i sync these two easily? Their work around has too many steps and is unnecessarily complicated for such a simple solution and for such a basic program. I’m going to give it a few more goes around but I find it too annoying to see which version is where...

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

3/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by BouCoupDinkyDau

Overpriced abandonware? - Useful tool for structuring, but with an iOS compainion app also available, where’s the iCloud or Dropbox syncing? I picked both of them up when they were on sale for half price, and I feel the dev is overcharging even at half off. This is a $20 app at best.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
5/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by glennluther

Fantastic app for story ideas - I started off by using Contour on my iPhone. It was a good test to see if I wanted to expand it to my laptop. Contour really helps you break down your story ideas and organize them into a solid executive summary. I am writing a novel and the structure Contour provides helps me push new ideas to paper quickly. I understand, Contour is not specifically designed for novelists, but it is the best software I have found that allows me to pound out my new story ideas in just a few minutes. I hope to see Mariner Software seamlessly integrate its other apps in the future. It would be great to move from Contour to StoryMill to Narrator by clicking a simple migrate button. If not, I still highly recommend this app. Try it out on the iPhone first, it will let you get a good idea of what the desktop version will do.

Found helpful by 28 out of 31 people
5/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by themareybare

Lifesafer - This application is worth the money. I have a screenwriting certificate and yet still muddle through an outline. It is invaluable to get your thoughts organized and help you narrow down your intent. It walks you through the process, step by step, scene by scene and with great examples. I have other outline templates but this is so much more. I would highly recommend it!

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
4/5
Version 1.2.7
Review by willardmonroe

So far so good! - I'm a novice-- this has helped me really nail down the structure, theme and plot. So far so good. If you're going to spend time actually writing a script, you might save yourself a lot of time with this program.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
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