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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Need to Read: Amazon Courts Screenwriters, Criterion Sale in iTunes and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire December 18, 2013 at 5:35PM

Today's top tech stories for filmmakers and film fans include news about a Twitter TV show, a new tool for screenwriters on Amazon and more.
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Wish I Was Here
"Wish I Was Here"

1. Amazon Storybuilder: Amazon Studios has launched Amazon Storybuilder, a free writing tool from Amazon Studios. According to the site, Storybuilder "uses 'notecards' to represent a single beat or event in a story. Storybuilder notecards can include both text and images. You can string individual cards together into a sequence on a virtual 'corkboard' to convey a narrative and tell your story. Unlike physical notecards, it is easy to share Storybuilder projects and take them wherever you go: on your laptop, phone, tablet or Kindle." But will screenwriters really turn to the virtual corkboard to tell their stories? Check out the new tool here.

2. Dolby Family Sound Fellowship: The Dolby Institute has partnered with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund to create the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship, a direct grant to a filmmaker to use in postproduction for a feature film project -- either narrative or documentary -- that uses sound as a storytelling tool. The first-ever winner of the fellowship is writer-director Mike Cahill's "I Origins," about a molecular biologist and his lab partner who discover evidence that could have dramatic implications for society. Read more about the fellowship and the winning project here.

3. Zach Braff to Sundance: The Sundance Institute today added two new films to its 2014 Sundance Film Festival lineup, including Zach Braff's partly Kickstarter funded sophomore feature "Wish I Was Here."

4. Twitter: The TV Show?: Lionsgate Television has secured the rights to "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal," by The New York Times reporter Nick Bilton with plans to turn it into a TV series about the early days of Twitter, the company announced. Bilton will write the screenplay and serve as producer.

5. Criterion iTunes Sale: Criterion titles, including "Grey Gardens" and "Breathless" are on sale in the iTunes store through the end of the year. Check out the selection here.

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