Amazon, the largest online retailer, has been quietly getting into the film business. It bought Lovefilm a few years ago, it owns IMDB and also provides large online storage through it’s S3 storage. It also setup Amazon Studio, a place for creators.
Amazon Studios is developing feature films and episodic series in a new way, one that’s open to great ideas from creators—and audiences—around the world.
The latest tool to be released, in beta for now, is Storyteller. Storyteller is cloud-based writing tool from Amazon Studios that can be used to create stories for Movies or TV. Amazon Storybuilder uses “notecards” to represent a single beat or event in a story, just as screenwriters have for years used actual physical notecards to represent story beats on corkboards around the world. Storybuilder notecards can include both text and images. You can string individual cards together into a sequence on a virtual “corkboard” to convey a narrative and tell your story. Unlike physical notecards, it is easy to share Storybuilder projects and it is easy to take them wherever you go with your laptop, phone, tablet or Kindle.