Story and Character Development Bundle
At a Glance
The story writers ultimate combo. Persona, character development software for Mac and Win, will help you craft your characters and Contour, story development software for Mac and Win, will guide you through developing your story.
How can Persona and Contour help YOU with YOUR story and characters?
-Focus on the most basic questions of your story such as, who is your main character and what are they trying to accomplish?
-Know what happens if your main character fails, and, who is trying to stop them
-Understand how the different personalities of your characters interact with each other
-Be guided along with the many included examples of blockbuster movies outlined using the Contour system, and with Persona’s detailed descriptions of the psychological profiles for 16 male and 16 female personalities
With the Story and Character Development Bundle, you can be assured your bases are covered when it comes to creating the best characters and story possible.
Contour is a proven story development writing software that streamlines the process of turning your movie ideas from first glimmer to full outline. Using Contour software and its story development system created by Jeff Schechter, Emmy Award nominee and creator of TotallyWrite, you'll learn how to apply the same character-based structure that nearly 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 software shows you exactly what elements need to be in your script, never again leaving you to wonder, "what comes next?" Use this story development writing software in conjunction with screenwriting software such as Final Draft, Montage, or Movie Magic Screenwriter, and write your best script!
"Contour 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 Contour conveys both the craft and soul of the trade. it's a gifted teacher, that provides methods which will help you both structure and elevate your best ideas."
-David Sacks, Executive Producer/Writer - The Simpsons
From Titanic to Harry Potter
Contour enables you to develop a movie concept from the idea stage to a bulletproof outline. Along the way, this story development software guides you through plot points of all three acts and explains the major storytelling secrets to crafting a highly marketable movie. The main character's journey is explained through archetypal themes that reverberate in the top 50 grossing movies of all time.
The Contour System
The key to the success of the Contour's story outline software such as this one, is the ability to break down a story to a simple structure. Using Contour, you will:
- Answer the 4 simple questions that shape almost every screenplay in the 50 top-grossing films of all time
- Develop the single-sentence logline that lays out your entire script like a roadmap
- Identify the 4 archetypes every protagonist moves through from "fade in" to "fade out"
- Lay out the 12 foundation beats of Act One
- Discover a system of breaking down Act Two that is so ruthlessly easy you will never get stuck on page 55 again
- Craft the 4 final beats of Act Three that readers and audiences expect and that define your script as marketable and professional
- Seamlessly transfer your concept into popular screenplay formatting software like Montage
For many, it's much easier to understand the Contour system by following the breakdown of a successful movie opposed to one that is "under construction." Contour writing software also includes several entire scripts from several successful blockbuster films, effectively dissected by the Contour system.
Never face a blank screen again. Use Contour story development software to conquer all your screenwriting fears!
Windows: Win 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP; Minimum 512MB RAM, 1GB recommended; 100MB free hard disk space. Mac: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (including Leopard) Audio feature - Mac OS X 10.5 or higher QuickTime 7.3.1 or higher installed.
Go look at your library of writing tools. What do you see? Products to help create a story outline, a place to compile research, a dictionary app, spellchecking, and more. But what about your characters? What do you use to develop them, or do you just sort of, you know, let them evolve.
Guessing? Hoping? Try knowing.
Persona is based on this concept: by categorizing characters into archetypes, you can know their background, which in turn shows their motivations, and then allows you to predict their behavior. To put it bluntly, it is the difference between deliberately crafting a compelling character or hoping that the character turns out the way you wanted.
Get inside your character's head.
Packed inside Persona are archetypal themes - good guys and bad guys. These archetypes are described in detail: personality traits, qualities, flaws, background, occupations, and how they interact with other personalities. Whether your character is a brainiac talking fish or an outcast orphanage owner, Persona helps you explore how each ones unique psychology and background influence their dealings and dialogue. It even makes it possible for you to see what happens if your character becomes corrupt and turns from hero and heroine into villain or villainess.
Develop your characters; strengthen your story
The archetypes in Persona consist of 16 male and 16 female personalities, each group broken down into heroes, heroines, villains and villainesses. There's the Action Figure, who will get the job done no matter the cost, or the Companion, a caring and selfless man. When the Action Figure loses his moral compass, he turns into the Brute, ruthless and argumentative, easily despised. The Companion, when depraved, becomes the Opportunist, betraying trust and taking advantage of others. Then there's theCaregiver, empathic and nurturing, but when corrupted she becomes the Distracted Mother, antagonistic and disinterested.
We've made it simple.
Don't be fooled by Persona’s spartan looks. Persona is designed to keep you focused on the task of developing your character. You can create Smart Groups based on attributes like tags, type, sex, or any word or phrase from your notes. If you’re not sure how your characters will fit together, you can construct ad hoc groups of characters without a defined relationship, in order to explore interactions. We’ve included a Names database with over 16,000 names and their origins that you can select from, or you can add your own.
Choices. We like them.
We understand that a lot of writers do want to have their characters develop, "on the fly," but we believe that a writer should have the opportunity to choose their approach to character development. That's why we have added Persona to our creative writing product line. Creating a compelling, empathic, and believable character in a story doesn't have to be something left to chance – with Persona, the choice is up to you. Can't decide? Download a fully functioning trial version of Persona using the link located at the top of this page.
Requires Mac OS 10.7 or higher
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