Contour, the award-winning story development system that streamlines the process of turning your movie ideas from first glimmer to full outline, is now available for iOS. Wherever you go with your mobile device, your screenwriting ideas can come with you!

Created by Emmy Award-nominated Jeffrey Alan Schechter, the Contour system teaches you how to use the same character-based structure that nearly all the Hollywood blockbuster movies use. This system is based on simple-to-understand principles and has been field tested resulting in millions of dollars worth of writing assignments and script sales. Start creating solid stories that hold together from Fade In to Fade Out.

"Jeff has an acute understanding of the kind of story structure that makes for successful movies. By analyzing blockbusters he extrapolates a story construction model that is surprisingly simple and universally applicable. And, best of all, it works."

Tim Hill
Alvin and the Chipmunks

"Screenwriting is an art, and Jeff Schechter conveys both the craft and the soul of the trade. A gifted teacher, he provides methods which will help you both structure and elevate your best ideas."

David Sacks
Executive Director
The Simpsons

Use Contour on its own or export it to your desktop version of Contour when you get back to your Mac. Either way, Contour has you covered.

Step by Step
With its intuitive, fill-in-the-blanks approach, Contour shows you exactly what elements need to be in your script, never again leaving you to wonder, "what comes next?" If you are a screenwriter, this is a must-have tool to tighten up your masterpiece.

The Contour System
The key to the success of the Contour system is the ability to break down a story to a simple structure. Using Contour, you will:

• Answer the 4 simple questions that shape most every screenplay in the top 50.

• Develop the single-sentence logline that lays out your entire script like a roadmap.

• Identify the 4 archetypes every protagonist moves through from "fade in" to "fade out."

• Lay out the 12 foundation beats of ACT ONE.

• Discover a system of breaking down ACT TWO that is so ruthlessly easy you will never get stuck on page 55 again.

• Craft the 4 final beats of ACT THREE that readers and audiences expect and that define your script as marketable and professional.

• Flesh out a main character and codify their motivations and behaviors.

• Quickly recognize archetypes which protagonists journey through in all the top movies.

• Go from concept to bulletproof outline in less time than ever before.

• Learn a flexible yet exact plot point and beat structure that works for all genres.

• Develop a compelling logline. Need Samples? Want to see even more samples of how Contour works?

Follow Jeffrey Alan Schechter's personal blog as he breaks down current screenplays in Contour.

What’s New

Version 1.3

Updated to iOS10 compatibility, 64 bit code
Updated links and other info
General bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

jimhensoninla ,

If you get an inspiration on the fly this is a great app!

You never know when you'll be hit with an idea for the next big blockbuster, and you need to write it down fast before the ideas take flight. Contour is an excellent app to do this. It is much improved over the last version, and it really gives you all of the tools to write a well-structured screenplay. When a screenplay gets turned down by an agent or a production company, it's largely because the story just falls apart and it starts to meander. Contour gets you to the point of writing something that is solid and doesn't fall down in the second and third act. The only thing I would like to see and this is extremely minor, is in the second act; there needs to be something to indicate that the stakes are being raised so that you are reminded to increase the dramatic tension and the conflict all the way to the end. Kudos to Mariner for being the innovators.

TheAppWizard ,

iPad and iPhone don’t sync

If this feature was enabled and while you’re at it, onto the desktop version also without having to do that janky version of backing up, then this would be an amazing five star app. But this really hinders it big time. Just add the iCloud sync feature everyone uses. Easy!

emmmaria ,

Best Story App!

I love this app and the desktop version. I am not a writer who loves plotting but with this software, it's fun. It has helped to stay focused. I suppose it is that structure where you find freedom.


Mariner Software, Inc.
7.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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