Amazon’s film production arm, Amazon Studios, has released a new tool that lets writers and filmmakers create their own storyboards. Amazon Storyteller, which is currently available for free in beta, will visually map characters and dialog from a script. They can use these mockups to share with others and make changes based on feedback.
Here is more about how it works from the press release:
Storyteller begins by scanning a movie script that has been uploaded to Amazon Studios. It identifies the scenes, locations and characters from scene descriptions, and ‘casts’ them from a library of thousands of characters, props and backgrounds. Filmmakers can recast or change locations, or they can upload their own images. Storyteller places the cast in front of the right background so that filmmakers can focus their time on the emotion and energy of scenes by using pan and zoom, changing the facial expressions and positions of characters, adding vehicles or props or adding captions with descriptions or additional dialogue.
“We’ve found that many writers want to see their story up on its feet in visual form but find it harder than it should be to create a storyboard,” explained Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios in a statement. “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department and assistant editor—everything you need to bring your story to life. We want to see great stories turned into movies and television shows and we’ll continue to develop new features and tools that help people develop great stories.”