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Dramatica® Story Expert Academic - Download (MAC)

To order this software at the academic price, you must be a full-time student or teacher at an accredited high school, college, or university. You must be able to provide some sort of proof or identification. See link to provide proof of academic standing in the Product Details section below.

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    System Requirements

    MACINTOSH ONLY

    NOTE: Version 5.3 is 32bit and is NOT compatible with OSX 10.15 Catalina, OS 11 Big Sur, or OS 12 Monterey, though this purchase includes a free update to the 64bit version when it becomes available.

    - Intel-based processor
    - OSX 10.10 through 10.14 Mojave
    - 1GB RAM
    - 250 MB of Hard Disk Space
    - Screen resolution: 1200 x 768 minimum
    - REQUIRED: Internet connection during installation and activation

    Activations

    This software uses a license management system that allows you to activate a computer, and later deactivate and reclaim activations for use on other computers. This also allows a single-user to have the software active on multiple computers simulaneously. The number of computers that may run simultaneously depends on the number of activations that come with the license.

    Typically, full versions of Dramatica® Story Expert allow three (3) simultaneous activations, while academic versions allow two (2) simultaneous activations.

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    Dramatica Story Expert has 90-day money back guarantee when purchased from Screenplay.com or Write Brothers®.

    CLICK HERE for more information on Returns.

    Product Details

    2 activations per purchase!

    To order Dramatica® Story Expert™ at the academic price...

    ...you must be a full-time student or teacher at an accredited high school, college, or university. You must be able to provide some sort of proof or identification.

    CLICK HERE to complete an Academic Proof form.

    Please complete the form to provide Write Brothers® with proof of academic status when purchasing academic versions of Write Brothers® software at Screenplay.com, or call us at 1-818-843-6557.

    VERSION 5.3—The latest software based on the Dramatica story development system -- powerful new writing tools for both aspiring writers and established professionals.

    Mac OS 10.10 thru 10.14 (Mojave) compatible. 

    This version is 32bit and is NOT compatible with OSX 10.15 Catalina, OS 11 Big Sur, or OS 12 Monterey, though this purchase includes a free update to the 64bit version when it becomes available.

    •  Windows users: try Dramatica® Pro for your story development needs.

    •  Upgrades: To upgrade from Dramatica Pro, go to the Dramatica Story Expert Upgrade page. Call 1-818-843-6557 to upgrade from Writer's DreamKit

    •   Free online training video: http://www.LearnDramaticaStoryExpert.com

    MSRP: $199.95

     

    1. Full Product Description

    The latest software based on the Dramatica story development system -- powerful new writing tools for both aspiring writers and established professionals.

    3 activations per purchase!

    NOTE: This version is 32bit and is NOT compatible with OSX 10.15 Catalina, OS 11 Big Sur, or OS 12 Monterey, though this purchase includes a free update to the 64bit version when it becomes available.

    Got a story in mind?

    Dramatica® Story Expert™ is the newest software based on the Dramatica story development system. It has powerful new writing tools for both aspiring writers and established professionals.

    How about an idea for a story? Either way, Dramatica® Story Expert™ is a great place to start. As your creative writing partner, it takes you to a special place—a story development environment where together you'll solve the plot and character problems that prevent many good stories from becoming great enough to sell.

    Cast and build your characters, plot out your story, layer in themes with universal meaning, and put it all together into scenes to form a solid step outline. Dramatica Story Expert, like all Dramatica products, does something no other writing programs can do—they predict parts of your story based on creative decisions you make! You'll be delighted to see how many of your creative choices Dramatica Story Expert agrees with—and amazed when it presents ideas you haven't thought of yet. You'll be inspired to incorporate those ideas into your developing story and make it even tighter—with no plot holes or character inconsistencies!

    Join the Dramatica Community 
    Thousands of novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, and fiction writers use Dramatica Pro to perfect their story. When you write with Dramatica, you'll join a large supportive writing community.  Find free story analyses and articles at Dramatica.com.

    Free video training tutorials available at LearnDramaticaStoryExpert.com.

    Dramatica Story Expert improvements over Dramatica Pro

    WHAT'S NEW?

    PROJECT OVERVIEW: The project overview shows you your story at a glance. It lets you identify your story's title, author, logline, and brief synopsis. The project overview also shows you the four key threads, or throughlines, in your story. These include the "big picture" thread of the Overall Story throughline, the personal thread of the Main Character, the impact of the Influence Character, and the heart thread of the story in the Relationship throughline.

    GISTS: Building on Dramatica Pro's outstanding question and answer system, Dramatica Story Expert lets you customize Dramatica's terminology with "gists," short descriptive phrases, so that questions conform to your writing style and the story's subject matter.

    MASTER STORY ENGINE: One of Dramatica Story Expert's more advanced features is the new Master Story Engine. The master story engine gives you fifty-six story points with which to control the story's underlying storyform. As you make specific story point choices, Dramatica's interactive story engine shows the effect on the remaining story points. By identifying the parts of the story you know best first, the story engine automatically identifies the implied items that support your choices. Dramatica is the only system that can tell you more about your underlying story dramatics than you tell it. .

    NEW TOPIC LISTS: StoryGuide topic lists incorporating "Dramatica for Screenwriters" techniques including Dramatica in Thirty Seconds, New Instant Dramatica, and Using the Plot Sequence Report to Create Scenes.

    Getting Started Window, new menus, large character pictures, updated reports window, better name generator, better brainstorming tools, generate scenes command, font controls and preferences, and more.

    2. Reviews

    "The Dramatica Theory of Story by Chris Huntley and Melanie Anne Phillips demonstrates the effect of story on the mind of a human being. Using this theory in tandem with the Dramatica Pro software enables a writer to understand how particular elements of a story affect the mind of the viewer, enabling the development of easily accessible, entertaining, and, most importantly, powerful stories about the human condition. If you're going to purchase any story development application, Dramatica Pro is by far the best choice."

    George Strayton, Writer for Sam Raimi on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS (Universal Studios), DRAGONLANCE starring Kiefer Sutherland (Paramount Pictures), and the film XOMBIE, optioned by top Hollywood screenwriting/producing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, FRINGE, STAR TREK, COWBOYS & ALIENS)

    "Dramatica Pro is the ultimate creative writing companion and our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award Winner. This program is stacked with great features and allows you to determine and organize every aspect of your story before you ever begin to write. You can easily switch between different story guide paths, allowing you to achieve your maximum writing potential. Write Brothers Inc. designed this software with the serious writer in mind, and it shows—Dramatica Pro has more practical features than any other writing product we reviewed."

    TopTenReviews.com

    "I believe there is no tool out there that allows you to skirt formulaic writing better than Dramatica."

    Michael Backes, Apple Master; Screenwriter, Rising Sun
    Cofounder, American Film Institute/Apple Computer Center for Film and Video Makers

    "Dramatica: Indispensable power tools for my imagination . . . Dramatica is my indispensable tool both in bringing form to my new novels and in the repair and tune-up of stories that I am revisiting. It has added a new, grander dimension to my craft. These are power tools no storyteller should be without."

    Tracy Hickman, NY Times Bestselling Author, DragonLance (series), Rose of the Prophet (series), Deathgate Cycle (series), Bronze Chronicles (series)

    "I’ve used Dramatica as a creative tool on virtually every script I’ve written professionally, dating back to before BAND OF BROTHERS. It is, by far, the most comprehensive and useful theory and software for understanding what makes good stories work that I know of. I highly recommend it as a resource for all writers.”

    Erik Bork, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter, (HBO’s BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON)

    "The story for Copy Shop was in my head for 10 years. Dramatica is with me for 5 years – long enough to burn the 12 essential questions into my subconsciousness. The 12 minute film won 25 international awards and an Oscar-nomination."

    Virgil Widrich, 2001 Oscar Nominee
    Best Short Film: Copy Shop

    "I suppose subjecting myself to the process—the discipline of Dramatica—has had an invaluable consequence: I have more confidence in the final product. I know the bones of the screenplay are good because I know I made my fundamental decisions in a most dramatically informed way."

    Marc Moss, Screenwriter
    Along Came A Spider, Flint

    "Dramatica is a dream come true for any writer who thinks in cinematic terms, and it makes a wonderful creative companion. You cannot take your brain off it!!!"

    Euzhan Palcy, Screenwriter/ Director
    A Dry White Season, Sugar Cane Alley, Cesar

    "Dramatica Pro guides you through the nitty gritty of creating your story. It’s a focusing tool. I’ve taken my story ideas with character sketches and plugged them into the Dramatica Pro program. By the time I finished answering all of the questions, my story is fully realized and I’m ready to write."

    Yvette Freeman, Writer/Actor
    Winner—Hollywood Black Film Festival Screenwriter Award

    "Dramatica is the most effective tool in the market place today for writer’s on every level."

    Bill Duke, Actor/ Producer/ Director, The Limey, Payback, Hoodlum, Sister Act II

    "Dramatica Pro is a story development tool I am pleased to recommend to other writers. It can either develop a story with minimal feedback from the writer or significantly enhance an existing idea by fanning writer passion to an unexpected level. This has allowed my story development process to shift in several truly systemic ways."

    David O’Neal, Novelist, Fool Me Twice, What Goes Around, The Pact With Bruno, Choosing to Kill

    "I had my pitch meeting with a producer… Everything he wanted to know I’d been forced to game out with my ol’ friend Dramatica… the program will make your job as a writer not only easier, but more fun. By the way, I got the deal."

    David Obst, Wired Magazine; Author, Too Good to Be Forgotten: Changing America in the ‘60s and ‘70s

    "Dramatica is an essential tool for developing a story’s structure. I used it extensively to develop a screenplay that was awarded first place in the SlamDance Screenwriting Competition."

    Carl Weaver, 1st Place Winner
    SlamDance Competition

    "My comedy won the first prize in the Salzburg Screenplay Competitiontoday. The jury said that my script was miles ahead of all others."

    Virgil Widrich, Winner of the Salzburg Screenplay Competition

    "I finished the first draft story outline of a piece I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It came together exactly as I had envisioned it. While I credit myself for a large part of that, endless accolades must go out to Dramatica. The program forced me to focus on exactly what I wanted to do. It also gave me great insights as to do much of it. You guys really did a job with this program."

    Dana Cameron, Writer

    "...I can say that I have never approached a book project with more confidence that I am on the right path. Dramatica Pro refuses to let me off the hook; rather, it forces me to think things through, directly and indirectly, in such a way that no avenues seem to be left unexplored. I feel certain that this thoroughness will eliminate problems down the road—problems that surely would have emerged without Dramatica Pro’s vaccination. The process also seems to be drawing from me more than I knew I had in me. That feels good, and is reinforcing as I work through my story idea".

    Patricia Sierra, Writer

    "Creating characters can drive a comic bananas and I take my funny business very seriously. That’s why I chose Dramatica Pro to make my work fun. There’s only one thing missing – Comedica Pro."

    Kat Caverly, aka Shirley Kenosha, Writer/Comedian, TomKat Productions, NYC

    "I LOVE this software! You and your have my deepest gratitude. That you offer different approaches to the process is extraordinary in software, period, but also, indispensable for a creative modeler like this."

    Roseanne Johnston, Writer

    "Obviously I would not be writing if I had not derived a great deal of enjoyment and many productive hours from Dramatica. It is an impressive and graceful achievement."

    Derrick Smith, Writer

    "I was intrigued enough by the recent write-up of Dramatica in the current issue of the Writers Guild Journal to order a copy of theory book from your company. I am pausing after just a few pages to give you this feedback: The first four pages are perhaps the most intellectually elegant profoundly reframing words I have ever read concerning the idea of story."

    Jim Boke Tomlin, Writer

    "Thanks for a terrific program. Out of the box and without even looking at the manual, I used it to help me find a problem in a script I had written and optioned a couple of years ago, but attracted no further interest. Then I read the manual and have since been using it to outline a novel."

    John Michael Flynn, Writer

    "I’ve tried other programs and they are all fine products, but Dramatica takes you to deeper levels… If I were to rate the programs I’ve tried, I’d give top prize to this one. I first read about it in Writers Digest and was curious since it was the only one rated ‘Excellent’ in the story development software category. Now I see why."

    Robert F.Phillips, Writer

    "Congratulations on a great software!... I’m currently in the process of rewriting a script that I had nearly completed a month ago. Dramatica pointed out the weaknesses in my story structure in the first seven days after installation."

    Jan Wellman, Writer

    Screenshots

    • 1. Project Overview

    • 2. StoryGuide

    • 3. Gists

    • 4. Master Story Engine

    • 5. Player Information

    • 6. Theme Browser

    The project overview shows you your story at a glance. It lets you identify your story's title, author, log line, and brief synopsis. The project overview also shows you the four key threads, or throughlines, in your story.

    Use the Icon Toolbar to navigate to Dramatica Story Expert’s major features and windows.

    There's only one way to write your story -- your way. StoryGuide leads you step-by-step through the ideal path to creating your unique story. Quick Start gives you instant feedback, Advanced guide takes you from beginning to end.

    Building on Dramatica Pro's outstanding question and answer system, Dramatica Story Expert lets you customize Dramatica's terminology with "gists," short descriptive phrases, so that questions conform to your writing style and the story's subject matter.

    One of Dramatica Story Expert’s more advanced features is the new Master Story Engine. The master story engine gives you fifty-six story points with which to control the story’s underlying storyform. As you make specific story point choices, Dramatica’s interactive story engine shows the effect on the remaining story points. By identifying the parts of the story you know best first, the story engine automatically identifies the implied items that support your choices. Dramatica is the only system that can tell you more about your underlying story dramatics than you tell it.

    Delve into each characters background, habits, and other details in the player information windows. Add new players and edit or remove existing players to create just the right balance for your story.

    See how all your story's thematic elements interconnect in one place. Zoom in to focus on one area of your story, or zoom out to get a bird's eye view of the big picture.

    See how all your story's thematic elements interconnect in one place. Zoom in to focus on one area of your story, or zoom out to get a bird's eye view of the big picture.

    Testimonials

    Dramatica is my indispensable tool both in bringing form to my new novels and in the repair and tune-up of stories that I am revisiting.

    Tracy Hickman, NY Times Bestselling Author

    Dramatica Pro is the ultimate creative writing companion and ourTopTenREVIEWS Gold AwardWinner. This program is stacked with great features and allows you to determine and organize every aspect of your story before you ever begin to write.

    TopTenREVIEWS.com

    I believe there is no tool out there that allows you to skirt formulaic writing better than Dramatica.

    Michael Backes, Apple Master; Screenwriter

    I had my pitch meeting with a producer… Everything he wanted to know I’d been forced to game out with my ol’ friend Dramatica… the program will make your job as a writer not only easier, but more fun. By the way, I got the deal.

    David Obst, Wired Magazine; Author

    Dramatica is a dream come true for any writer who thinks in cinematic terms, and it makes a wonderful creative companion. You cannot take your brain off it!!!

    Euzhan Palcy, Screenwriter/ Director