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Story development framework.


At one time or another, every writer has experienced the dreaded, “now what do I write?” rut that brings even seasoned writers to their knees. Kiss those days goodbye and say hello to Contour.

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Contour 2 for Mac and Windows

Newly redesigned, Contour 2 for Mac and Windows, brings beauty and intuitiveness to a whole different level. With a focus on features customers have been requesting, Contour 2 implements functionality and improvements that helps every kind of writer. No one likes the feeling of spinning their wheels on an unfinished story – that’s where Contour 2 comes to the rescue. Simple and easy to follow, Contour 2 keeps your story on the right path, and keeps you on task.

What is Contour?

At one time or another, every writer has experienced the dreaded, “now what do I write?” rut that brings even seasoned writers to their knees.

Kiss those days goodbye.

Jeff has an acute understanding of the kind of story structure that makes for successful movies. By analyzing blockbusters, Contour extrapolates a story construction model that is surprisingly simple and universally applicable. And, best of all, it works.

Tim Hill
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Follow the Contour system and answer just these 4 questions and you’re well on your way to creating a masterpiece: Who is the main character? What is the main character trying to accomplish? Who is trying to stop the main character? What happens if the main character fails?

You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?

Contour, the dual-platform, award-winning story development system developed by Emmy Award-nominated Jeffrey Alan Schechter, is designed to take your idea and turn it into a bulletproof outline. Contour teaches you the perfect blend of plot-driven versus character-driven storytelling that blockbuster movies use to create solid stories that hold together from Fade In to Fade Out.

Minimum Theory, Maximum Story.

Unlike other story development systems which are either so complicated that you don’t know where to start or so lightweight as to wonder, “why in the world did I buy this?”, Contour is a must-have for every screenwriter. No matter what your screenwriting experience, Contour has helped both the first time newbie to celebrity screenwriters.

Contour is one of the very best systems for outlining your screenplay that I’ve ever encountered.

Phil Beauman
Screenwriter – Scary Movie, Not Another Teen Movie

Using a fill-in-the blanks and intuitive approach, much like a software install wizard, Contour guides you as to what elements need to be part of your story outline – effectively constructing the foundation of your screenplay. In the end, you’re never left to wonder, “what comes next?”

Shhh! It’s a Secret!

Do your stories lack cohesiveness from start to finish? Contour explains the major storytelling secrets needed to craft a highly marketable movie. Your main character’s journey is explained through archetypal themes – the same kind of themes used by most of the top 50 movies that have affected millions of viewers – maybe even you!

Worried about how to start?

Don’t be. For many, it’s much easier to understand the Contour system by following the breakdown of a successful movie. Contour includes several entire scripts of blockbuster movies dissected through the Contour system. And if you need even more samples of how Contour works, follow Jeffrey Alan Schechter’s personal blog as he breaks down current screenplays in Contour.

Visit: http://mystorycanbeatupyourstory.com/blog/

Screenwriting is an art, and Jeff Schechter conveys both the craft and the soul of the trade. A gifted teacher, he provides methods in Contour which will help you both structure and elevate your best ideas.

David Sacks
Executive Director
The Simpsons

Don’t forget Contour for iOS. Your mobile story development solution!

Sometimes the creative process starts with a bit of daydreaming and then grows into a really cool idea. Contour for iOS contains the same elements as the macOS version with just one difference – you can write while on the fly. Don’t lose your creative edge just because you’re away from your desk – check out Contour for iOS in the App Store today!

Contour – System requirements

macOS: Requires macOS 10.11 or newer. Catalina supported.
Windows: Requires Windows 8 or newer.

Contour – User guide

Download macOS user guide

Download Windows user guide

Contour – What's new macOS

  • Added printing of Ideas
  • Added ability to change edit text size
  • Added printing for “the Guide”
  • Added more info about “the Guide” in the User Guide
  • Updated the app icon
  • Updated UI to black pro app style
  • Updated toolbar icons (retina support)
  • Updated “the Guide” to show all the plot points for each landmark mnemonic
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Beat Sheet or Structure Report to not print
  • Fixed an issue that could cause instability in the app
  • Fixed dozens of misc bugs behind the scenes