I’ve been using Story for a couple of weeks and I thought I’d share some initial impressions with the Story team. First, I’d just like to say I really like Story. I’m using it for a second draft of a spec movie script.
My wish list of features includes:
The big feature I would really like to see, and is probably too much to ask for, is a visual story/plot development tool. In which it is possible plan and rearrange scenes and beats. And when the story is complete the slug lines are transferred to the script. The image below is a basic mock-up.
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Adobe Story Team.
Unfortunately, I'm based in the UK. I suppose there's always this forum and email for discussing ideas.
I was in the process of buying Final Draft when I discovered Story (that decision is on hold). Prior to using Story, I was using a template for Word called Scriptsmart from the BBC on a very old laptop (Win2K, with Office 97). The template was written by a chap who left the BBC years ago and the template has not been updated since (for later versions of Office). I think you can still download the template from the BBC website. The useful thing about Scriptsmart is that it contains templates for writing film scripts (correct layout, features...) as well as templates for writing BBC scripts for writing radio drama/comedy, half hour sitcoms, 60 minute drama. Oh yeah, Scriptsmart implements dual dialog in a two column table.
With regards to the visual story development tool, I see it as a tool that can be used for developing any kind of story -- whether it's a screenplay or a novel. Many writers use cue cards or massive sheets of paper to plan stories.