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Story Compass

By MovieMethods, LLC

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


This app is a writer’s utility that guides you through the structure of a screenplay. It consolidates multiple paradigms (structural models) into one cohesive interface for an easy one-to-one comparison of theories. With the timing function you can evaluate films in real time to see how filmmakers execute the turning points of a story in ways that are often missed if you are not looking for it, giving you insights that you can instantly apply to your own storytelling.

- Traditional timelines are configured as “story-wheels” for easy one-to-one comparison of popular screenwriting theories; accessed by swiping left/right on the main screen.

- Set Running-Time of film and watch the beats and transitions of the story play out in real-time as you watch.

- Tap story wheel for study-guide synopsis of each paradigm.

- Dimmer function (movie theater mode) steps down brightness with quick tap on main screen.

- Note entry with Time-Stamps displays elapsed-time stamp in the header. Export notes to other applications.

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What's New in Version 1.0.4

Updated link to in-app video tutorials.

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Customer Reviews


Story Compass is a very good introduction to and comparison of various Archplot structure paradigms for creating stories—whether the final form becomes screenplay or novel. As such, it has become an efficient instructional tool for both students and teachers.

The interactive, runtime module that helps one analyze and take notes on the structure of a movie’s plot while watching it is quite useful, though the notetaking function itself could be improved a bit, I think.

If you’re like me, often downloading and storing pdfs of online structure diagrams for reference, you’ll find that this app can save you some time and inconvenience.

Here’s hoping that new “story wheels” will be added in the future.

Story Compass
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  • $5.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Size: 42.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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