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Contour from Mariner Software: Have a great idea for a movie? Then get it out of your head and onto the page!

Version 1.2.8
Released 10/12/2012

Version 1.4
Released 05/21/2012


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Minimum System Requirements – Mac
Mac OS 10.6 or higher

Minimum System Requirements – Windows
Windows Vista, Win 7, Win 8
Minimum 512MB RAM
1GB recommended
100MB free hard disk space

Supported Languages
MacGourmet Supports EnglishEnglish

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Just answer these 4 questions: Who is the main character? What is the main character trying to accomplish? Who is trying to stop the main character? What happens if the main character fails?

You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?

Contour, the proven story development system developed by Emmy Award-nominated Jeffrey Alan Schechter, is designed to take your idea and turn it into a solid outline – the same kind of character-based structure used by many of the biggest blockbuster movies.

Minimum Theory, Maximum Story.

Unlike other story development systems which are either so complicated that you don’t know where to start or so light-weight as to wonder, “why in the world did I buy this?”, Contour is a must-have for every screenwriter. Taking your idea and using a fill-in-the blanks and intuitive approach, Contour guides you as to what elements need to be part of your story outline – you’re never left to wonder, “what comes next?”. That’s it – fade out, roll credits.

Contour Progress Meter

Progress Meter

Contour Progress Meter

Progress Meter

Shhh! It’s a Secret!

Contour explains the major storytelling secrets needed to craft a highly marketable movie. Your main character’s journey is explained through archetypal themes – the same kind of themes used by most of the top 50 movies that have affected millions of viewers – maybe even you!


Worried about how to start?

Don’t be. For many, it’s much easier to understand the Contour system by following the breakdown of a successful movie. Contour includes several entire scripts of blockbuster movies dissected through the Contour system. And if you need even more samples of how Contour works, follow Jeffrey Alan Schechter’s personal blog as he breaks down current screenplays in Contour.



"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

Don’t forget Contour for iOS. Your mobile story
development solution!

Sometimes the creative process starts with a bit of daydreaming and then grows into a really cool idea. Contour for iOS contains the same elements as the Mac OS X version with just one difference – you can write while on the fly. Don’t lose your creative edge just because you’re away from your desk – check out Contour for iOS and visit the App Store today!

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    Contour Interface

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    Progress Meter

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    Screenplay Info – Blank

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    Screenplay Info – Notes

  • Ideas Panel

    Ideas Panel

  • Guide


  • New Project

    New Project

  • Formula


  • Archetypes


  • Questions


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  • Warrior


  • Contour Video Tutorial - Beginning 01

    Video I (Basic)

  • Contour Video Tutorial - Advanced 01

    Video II (Advanced)

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    Video III (Advanced)

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    Video IV (Advanced)

  • Contour Video Tutorial - Advanced 03

    Video I (Basic)

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    Video II (Advanced)

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    Video III (Advanced)

  • Contour Video Tutorial - Advanced 03

    Video IV (Advanced)