What is Amazon Storybuilder?

Amazon Storybuilder is a cloud-based writing tool from Amazon Studios that can be used to create stories for Movies or TV. Amazon Storybuilder uses “notecards” to represent a single beat or event in a story, just as screenwriters have for years used actual physical notecards to represent story beats on corkboards around the world. Storybuilder notecards can include both text and images. You can string individual cards together into a sequence on a virtual “corkboard” to convey a narrative and tell your story. Unlike physical notecards, it is easy to share Storybuilder projects and it is easy to take them wherever you go with your laptop, phone, tablet or Kindle.

Does Amazon Studios take an option or any other ownership rights in the story I create?

No. The purpose of Amazon Storybuilder is to help you construct your movie or TV show. It's for your personal use. We don't acquire any ownership or option rights in your property when you use Amazon Storybuilder.

Do I need to be connected to the Internet to use Amazon Storybuilder?

Yes. Amazon Storybuilder is a web-based application and you’ll need an internet connection to use it. You can access Amazon Storybuilder using any internet connection, including the cellular data connection on your smartphone or mobile device.

Can I use Amazon Storybuilder on my smartphone and tablet?

Yes. Inspiration can strike anywhere, so we designed Amazon Storybuilder as a browser-based app that can be accessed from most popular browsers – including those on your smartphone or tablet. This gives you the ability to capture a great idea on the bus, in the lunch line or at the coffee shop. Making regular, incremental progress helps make the sometimes daunting task of designing your story easier and more fun.

How many notecards should my Amazon Storybuilder corkboard have?

That’s really up to you. You can “beat out” an entire screenplay moment-by-moment, or you can focus on the key plot points and set pieces. Amazon Storybuilder makes it easy to capture your ideas and structure them as a story.

How many cards can I have on a single board?

One Amazon Storybuilder corkboard can hold around 1000 cards (roughly equivalent to the text of 20 full-length screenplays). That’s a lot of space for you to explore your ideas; however, some writers may find they still need more. No problem: just add another corkboard to your project. You can add multiple corkboards on the same project to support very big stories or multiple versions of the same one.

What if I’ve never written a screenplay or TV pilot?

We’ve provided templates based on classic stories within Amazon Storybuilder to reference while building your narrative. Pick and choose beats that help inspire you.

How do I start using Amazon Storybuilder?

Visit amazonstudios.com/storybuilder and click on the “Start a new corkboard” button.

Can I export my Notecards out of Amazon Storybuilder?

Yes. Amazon Storybuilder notecards can be printed or exported to a PDF for use outside of Amazon Storybuilder. To create a PDF of your notecards, select "Manage" in the toolbar, then click "Print-Friendly View" button. You can then use a virtual PDF printer to create your PDF, or print a hard-copy version.

Will my Amazon Storybuilder notecards appear publicly on the Amazon Studios Website?

No. Your Amazon Storybuilder corkboards are private and only you or people you invite to collaborate can access them.

How do I get back to my Amazon Storybuilder corkboard?

Go to amazonstudios.com/mywork (you may be asked to sign in). This is your Amazon Studios profile page. From here you’ll see all the projects you’ve created as well as those to which you can contribute. Only you can see this “work in progress” content.

Your corkboard also has a unique URL. You can bookmark this URL to access your corkboard easily from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Why would I invite someone to contribute to my Amazon Storybuilder corkboard?

When you invite a collaborator to your Amazon Storybuilder corkboard, they can privately view your notecards and provide feedback or share new ideas. They can’t change your cards or your corkboard, though.

I received an email invitation to contribute to a corkboard, now what?

Click the link contained in your invitation and follow the instructions provided to access the Amazon Storybuilder project to which you were invited. Or, if you’re already an Amazon Studios member, login to Amazon Studios and then go to amazonstudios.com/mywork. From your profile page, you’ll see all the projects you’ve created as well as those to which you can contribute.

I received an email inviting me to contribute to a corkboard, but I don’t know the person who sent it or want to participate.

We apologize for that. If you don’t want to participate, just delete the invitation. If you continue to receive unwanted invitations, please let us know using the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.