You all spoke, and we listened.
Well to be fair, our developer extraordinaire and all around lovely person, Melanie, listened the most...
At the end of May she teamed up with Kathryn, Ivy, and Patrick to better understand how Musers were using our Storybuilder software, and where it was falling short in meeting their needs.
The team conducted 87 personalized phone calls, which aimed not only at understanding users' impressions of Storybuilder, but more importantly, at understanding users themselves.
We knew that if we could better understand what drives you -- what they truly care about -- then we could better develop our software to accommodate you. After spending 2-3 weeks on calls, the team analyzed all the research, and used it to inform how version 3.5 of Storybuilder would work.
Along with Ryan, our lead developer, they've spent several months of long nights on nothing but this release.
Now, we can't wait to show you what we've come up with, so we thought we'd use this blog post to give you a quick preview of the Three Biggest Updates that you'll see in Storybuilder 3.5, and how they're going to help you make the kind of video content that you thought you'd only see in the Vimeo staff picks.
First, let's talk about the Notepad.
One piece of feedback that we heard time and time again was that Storybuilder users wanted a place to "brain dump." A place where they could create notes on the fly, attach PDFs or images, and even upload interview audio.
The coolest thing about the Notepad is that it you can have it open while actively working on your story, whether that means developing characters, adding plot points, or building storyboards.
Say you're developing a character for your story and you want to reference a pre-interview that you conducted with them, for example. Now you can do that all within the same screen! Crucial time saver.
Next to the Notepad, you'll find a series of Research Method videos.
This is the second update that we're really psyched to bring you.
Think of a time when you were developing a story, and you were preparing for your first big interview with your main character. Did you struggle at knowing what to ask? Did you wonder, "how do I make sure this interview is authentic, compelling, and drives my story forward?" We've developed a series of videos to help you with this, and we've organized them into two types of Research Methods.
The first 5 are designed to give you the tools you need to get at a character's true motivation -- what it is that they want to achieve by the end of the video. In identifying this, and allowing it to develop through your story, you will get your audience to better empathize with your character.
The final 6 Research Methods are designed to help you identify what it is that's keeping your character from achieving their goal -- the big hurdle that's going to make your character's journey one that is worth watching. This is what will cause the audience to wonder, "what's going to happen next?" And the only way they'll be able to find out is to stick around until the end of your story.
After watching a Research Method video, click on the "Try it Now" button, and a new note will appear that is formatted to support the content presented in the video you just watched -- like a template. If you can master these methods, and clearly identify and develop those two concepts for your character, then you will have the makings of a story that will genuinely move people.
Finally, we want to highlight our Key Language Quick Tips.
If you're already familiar with Muse, you may know that we sometimes speak in our own language. So it can be helpful for those who are less familiar, or even those who just need a refresher, to have a handy reminder of what we mean when we talk about Desire, Conflict, Hook, or Jab. That's why we made sure that in Storybuilder 3.5, all of our terms would be accompanied by a Key Language Quick Tip. When clicked, a 20 second video will pop up, illustrating the concept behind the term in question.
This will help you as you work with crew members who are unfamiliar with our process, not to mention it will empower you to speak confidently to clients about why you are best equipped to tell their story.
So, all-in-all, we're excited to bring these updates to you, and we can't wait to hear your feedback.
If you haven't already, go sign up for a free trial, give Storybuilder 3.5 a spin, and say goodbye to ever feeling unprepared or unfocused during a production.
And ps–if you tried an earlier version of Storybuilder and want to give this new one a spin, just email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you setup on a new trial right away!