Every successful writer, at some point, has taken one finished project and analyzed it down to the atomic level. They’ll know the core story, every beat, every sequence, every scene, and every shot of the project. They watch the movie and turn the pages of the script in their head. Once you can do this, watching movies or reading screenplays and scripts will be a totally different thing. And if you want to become a better and successful writer you will need to be able to do all of the things we mentioned above. So, today we are introducing you to Story Compass, the app that will help you get in the analyzing mindset, become better at understanding and utilizing the screenplay’s structures and theories, so you can success in becoming the writer you always aspired to be.
What is Story Compass?
Story Compass is a writer’s utility application developed for both iOS and Android that will guide you through the structure of a screenplay so you can better understand how filmmaker execute the turning points of a story. This way you’ll get an insight in what it takes to create a good and solid story structure by implementing what you analyzed and discovered while using the app.
The app is really simple and intuitive to use. It has multiple paradigms (The Hero Journey, Syd Field Paradigm, 15-bit Structure, Six-Stage Plot Structure, Seven-Step Story Spine, Eight-Sequence Structure) all configured in a common format as story wheels for quick and easy visual comparisons of theories. You can move between the paradigms with a simple swipe left or right or use the paradigm button at the bottom of the screen. If you tap the story wheel you will be presented a study guide synopsis of that paradigm which includes a summarized brake down of each beat of the story. The app also provides you with links of each of the authors of the paradigms.
But here is where Story Compass shines – the ability to watch a movie and analyze its structure with the apps cool timer utility. Now you can see how film makers executes these concepts in real time as you watch your favorite movie. You can also take notes within the app, while watching, and every note will get a time stamp so you know exactly when in the movie you’ve taken the note. The app provides you with the ability to easily send the notes to your email or export them to other applications if you want to save them for further analysis. Story Compass also have a movie theater mode which dims the brightness of the screen so you won’t bother anyone at the cinema.
Enough is said for one to come to the conclusion that Story Compass is really handy app for anyone interested in story writing, screenwriting, film-making and writing in general. Story Compass is available for download at the App Store at the price of only $5.99. Download and try it out for yourself.