Movie Outline is a program that help us to create screenplays for films, TV program or video game.
To write a good screenplay for movies or television, it is not enough to have a good idea. Our script should contain a good structure, good pace in the scenes to combine the emotions, so we get the desired reaction in the audience. To achieve that, it is not enough to write the script in a text document. We'll need a tool that assist us in the complex task of creation of a good script.
Movie Outline can be used by professionals and beginners in the art of screenwriting. This software makes use of the Step Outline technique, which consists of a list of the scenes in out story, and a brief description. In this way we can develop the story, the characters and the script of each scene in a simple way. In addition, we can structure and plan easily the story: being able to mark acts with different colors, to reorganize the scenes, keep track of characters' evolution, format the screenplay and compare our history, with famous Hollywood films.
The interface is very simple and is organized by tabs, which allow us to browse through all the options and functionalities of this software. Thanks to the toolbar, we can add, delete and rearrange steps of the Outline. The text editor includes tools to format the script: bold, italic, underline, ordered lists, tab, etc.
The Outline tab, is the first one that we will use to add steps into our history. We must enter the name of the step and a brief description of what happens in it. You can add the steps in any order and reorder them subsequently, in addition to being able to add or delete a particular scene at any given time.
The Script tab allows us to write the script of our history. In addition we can edit and format the text, this option allows us to: intelligent tabulation of the script, and autocompletion of locations and characters of the story. In this way we can focus better on the history and the argument, and not in the program interface.
At the time of writing, it is complicated to have in mind all the dialogues which take place throughout history. To help us in this task, Movie Outline provides a function called Dialogue Spotlight, with which we can select a character and see all the dialogues that take place throughout history. We can also select only the voice-overs, or even dialogues between two characters along the whole story.
In the PowerView tab we can organize the story in acts, sequences, or chapters, and assign a color to each one of them. In this way we can create an organize a better structure of our history, and also we'll recognize at a glance, thanks to the code of colors, the development of the history. In addition, the program includes a number of templates with the basic structure of many of the greatest Hollywood movies.
The Step Cards screen shows the steps in the form of cards. Each card shows the title and first few lines of each step. In this way we can organize the steps easily, using the mouse to drag the card to the place we want. In addition, if we make double-click on any card, we'll access to the scripts or notes in that step.
The Library tab, allows to compare the structure and pace of our history with other films of the same genre. The program includes twelve Outlines of famous movies such as: Terminator, Ghost, Spider-Man, Seven, Pretty Woman, Dead Poets Society and more. In this way we will be able to study scenes of our history compared to those great movies.
In FeelFactor section we can analyze the pace and level of involvement of the audience in our history, and compare it with other Outlines. We can add a “level of feeling” to each scene, such as passion, romance, fear, action, comedy, etc., This feelings will be displayed in the form of colored chart, so we can see the evolution of each feeling in our story.
In Characters tab we will be able to create characters profiles. We can fill in the basic data of each characters, such as: First name, Last name, Age, Gender, Religion, etc. We can also add a biography of the character, the story arc and additional notes. We can even select a series of predefined questions, which we must answer as if we were the chosen character, so we can gain more insight into the personality of each character. We can also define the type of relationship that a character have with the rest of the characters in the story. Thanks to all of these options, we will be able to develop in depth each of the characters that are part of the story.
To add characters to the steps of our history is something that we will be able to easily do thanks to Movie Outline. We must select the desired step and add the chosen character. Then, the program will show us four questions which we must answer: What are the character going to learn in this scene? Or, what conflict is going to have the character in this scene?, etc. In this way when we review the scenes, we will know at all times what is going to happen to each character involved in that scene.
At the Story Tasks option, we have a useful tool to create to-do list, where we can write the ideas or tasks that we must do at another time.
When we export the screenplay, we can export it to PDF, HTML, text document, and more. In addition, we can export the complete script, Outline, characters profiles, dialogue, etc.
Movie Outline is paid and is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Demo version can be used with no time limits, but not allow to perform certain functions, such as: Print, Export, Create or open a project with more than 10 scenes, etc.