Will Amazon kill off the Storyboard Artist with Storyteller



Recently Amazon Studios released a new application called Amazon Storyteller. Storyteller lets scriptwriters upload their scripts and the software turns it into storyboards through an automated process. The free online tool was released on June 7, 2013 and is currently in beta. Here is how Amazon describes their new software.


“Amazon Storyteller is a new application from Amazon Studios that lets you turn a movie script into a storyboard. You choose the backgrounds, characters, and props to visually tell a story. A successful storyboard can tell the full story of a script, or capture its essence in short form, like a trailer. Either approach can be a great way to build an audience for your story and see how people respond to it.”


Like I mentioned earlier this software is only in beta and is brand-new so according to Amazon, Storyteller is currently recommended for contemporary dramas or romantic comedies based on the current available templates. There are other drawbacks to the software like Amazon Studios claims a 45-day exclusive option for “free” for each screenplay when it is uploaded to the site, and Amazon Studios claims another “free” 45-day exclusive option extension for a screenplay with the publication of storyboards via Storyteller.

Personally, do I think this is going to take any jobs away from storyboard artists, No. If creating storyboards were this easy we would already have tons of applications that do this. Having software convey emotion isn’t something that I think computers are good at and filmmaking and storyboards are all about conveying emotion. That doesn’t mean that this software won’t get better and possibly start to take away work from hard-working artists but only time will tell.

Let us know how you feel in the comments.

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  1. mary uhles

    this is interesting. I have to agree I don’t think this is going to take a whole lot of work away from storyboard artists. I think the professionals will be frustrated with the limitations of the software at first. Seems like it will really appeal to middle of the road creators who are in a rush just to get their stories ‘out there.’ But I’d be especially concerned about Amazon’s 45 day rights grab…. whats that all about? People need to be careful agreeing to hand over an exclusive on a script just for some “easy” software.

    • Norm

      I completely agree with everything you said. Free publishing software seems to be the new trend with apple and Amazon. People need to watch out and read the fine print before using this “free” software.

  2. Alice Ross

    This is very interesting!!! Good thing that Amazon have this application for beginners who are curious on how this story telling would work. Though, storyboards are different from this as task and outputs really do have a difference.


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