A step by
step approach to story development, from concept to completed story for
your novel or screenplay. More than 200 interactive Story Cards guide
you through the entire process.
powerful story structuring software available, Dramatica is driven by a
patented "Story Engine" that cross-references your dramatic
choices to ensure a perfect structure.
advanced screenwriting software available, Movie Magic is deemed a
"preferred file format" by the Writer's Guild. An industry
standard, MMS is used by professionals and studios around the world.
index cards - Name them, add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to
re-arrange, adjust font, save, export and print. An essential tool for
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A Word of Warning
by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
Propaganda is powerful but using it involves risks. It is like a virus or
engaging in germ warfare. Once an audience is exposed to a propagandistic
message, the only way they can neutralize it is to balance it with an equal but
opposite force. Audiences frequently don’t like to think they are being
manipulated. If the audience becomes aware of the nature of your propaganda, the
equal but opposite force can take the form of a backlash against the author(s)
and the propaganda itself. Look at the strong reaction against advertisers who
“target” their advertising to specific demographic groups (e.g. African
Americans, women, Generation X, etc.), particularly if they are trying to sell
liquor, tobacco products, or other items considered “vices” in America.
Once released, propaganda is difficult to control and frequently becomes
subject to real world influences. Sometimes propaganda can benefit from real
world coincidences: The China
Syndrome’s mild propaganda about the dangers of nuclear power plants
got a big boost in affecting its audience because of the Three Mile Island
incident; the media coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case may not have
tainted potential jurors, but Natural
Born Killers’ propaganda against the media’s sensationalization of
violence got a little extra juice added to its punch. Often real life or the
passage of time can undermine the effectiveness of propaganda: it is possible
that Reefer Madness may have
been effective when it first came out, but audiences today find its propaganda
against drug use obvious, simplistic, risible and, more importantly,
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About Dramatica and
What They Do
Dramatica is a tool to help you
build a perfect story structure. StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build
your story's world.
Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your
story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies.
focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add
depth, detail and passion to your story.
How They Do It
Dramatica has the world's only
patented interactive Story Engine™ which cross-references your answers to
questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your
structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.
StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new
creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through
the story development process. You'll design the people who'll inhabit
your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.
How They Work Alone
By itself Dramatica appeals to
structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories
logically before they write a word.
By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to
intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as
How They Work
But, the finished work of a
structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.
And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is
where Dramatica can help.
So, while each kind of writer will
find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of
writers can benefit from both programs.
Try Either Program
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