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Amazon Has a New Online Story Building Tool For TV & Film Writers

storybuilderAmazon’s film division Amazon Studios has created a new tool to help writers build scripts called Amazon Storybuilder.

The digital tool borrows from the paper notecard approach to writing story boards only it does it virtual. Screenwriters can create digital notecards and move them around on a virtual cork board. Writers can add text and photos to these notecards to help build out a story. The new resource comes after the launch of Amazon Storyteller, which turns scripts into storyboards.

The free tool is available online, as well as on their mobile devices. And don’t worry, Amazon doesn’t acquire the rights to any of these ideas just because you are using their tool.

“Technology is already transforming how filmed entertainment is produced and distributed, and many of the tools writers use to craft stories could become more accessible with a technology update–paper notecards are a perfect example,” stated Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.

 

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Amazon Studios Has Optioned Its First Novel

Amazon Studios has optioned the rights to the horror novel Seed by Ania Ahlborn. Testing a book as a movie is a first for Amazon Studios. So far, the company has only optioned movie scripts and episodic series projects.

“Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love,” explained Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Ania Ahlborn’s SEED has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development.”

The book started life as a self-published novel  in 2010 which quickly rose up the charts through word-of-mouth popularity. Amazon picked up the book and released it this past July. After success on Amazon’s sci-fi imprint 47North, Amazon is testing various big screen adaptations of the Southern gothic tale.