Ooh! Interesting. Two years after launching their corkboard scene-mapping tool Storybuilder, Amazon have now launched Storywriter, a free, cloud-based screenwriting tool that auto formats your scripts as you write, ready for submission to…well, Amazon of course. The tool allows you to import from a range of formats, and write online knowing that your scripts are being continually saved to the cloud.
Hmm, not sure how I feel about my original work being continually saved in an Amazon owned cloud… I might take the offline option of downloading the Chrome based app and tapping away, in private, backing up to my trusty G-drive.
The Storywriter tool is part of the ever-expanding suite of resources and support provided by Amazon in a bid to grow their original film and television offering.
Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios says “Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent.” To this end they are now accepting drama submissions and, most importantly, will no longer take a free option on scripts submitted directly to the amazonstudios.com site.
If you can forgive them for hiring the hideous Jeremy Clarkson – and double forgive them for using his twatness in that heinous advert – this is a nifty little gimmick that might make you feel a bit Aaron Sorkin enough to get going with that long-shelved screenplay.
So, you’ve got the tools to map your idea, and type your idea, and Amazon are making it as easy as possible to submit your idea… the only thing missing is The Big Idea. Maybe this weekend it’s time to hit the absinthe…