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Follow along with movies in real time to compare actual turning points in a film with theoretical structures (paradigms) from popular screenwriting authors. Set the run-time, then watch how the filmmakers execute the turning points of a story in ways that are often missed if you're not looking for it.

And then...

Apply those insights to your own writing!

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Traditional timelines are configured as story-wheels for a consistent presentation of the theories. Compare multiple paradigms one-to-one with a quick swipe.

Set movie run-time, start the timer and follow along to evaluate different paradigms on-the-fly.  Start the clock at any point around the story wheel. 

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Tap any one of the story wheels for a study-guide synopsis of each stage of that particular paradigm.

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Enter notes while the film is in progress. Elapsed-time stamp is included with each entry.  Export your notes to other applications for archive and editing.

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(00:00)  Introduction 

(00:27)  The Magical Number Three

(02:30)  Aristotle's Three Acts

(04:35)  Isn't that a FORMULA?!  (#$&%!)!

(06:55)  Joseph Campbell... and mentors  

(08:30)  And now... STORY COMPASS 

(10:40)  Structure is the Spine

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In-app tutorial

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Godsend from the Writing Gods!"

This is one of the user’s reviews that maybe perfectly describes the usefulness and greatness of this writer’s utility.  If you are a screenwriter, aspiring screenwriter, student, teacher, or basically a writing enthusiast, you are going to thank me after reading this article


Bojan Savikj

Reviewer | Writer | Editor


The reason is simple:  this writing utility is amazing and exceptionally unique.  You simply can't find a better tool at this time for screenwriting.

As a female screenwriter, playwright, film director, and novelist, and occasional game writer, I've radically upleveled my understanding of deep story structure with the use of Story Compass. Designed by a Hollywood storyteller for storytellers, this is the ultimate storytellers' app. Using Story Compass regularly during my doctoral studies in sci-fi screenwriting has been an essential part of enhancing and advancing my understanding of story structure and my storytelling skills and abilities.
H. Raven Rose
Speaking from both a screenwriting perspective/interest and from a software development background, your Story Compass software (I use Android) is a marvel of beauty, insight, and elegance. Your tutorial videos were also some of the best I've seen for any platform. I know your film experience extends way beyond this, but wanted to quickly share my love of your app. It gracefully slides into a sweet spot of core writing tools.
Christopher Pufall


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