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A Few Questions about Fiction vs Screenplay Templates

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 00:11:32 GMT

Hi. I bought Aeon Timeline (for Mac) a few years ago when it was on sale, but I'd never really used it. Today I played around with it at length for the first time and I really love it. I'm planning to use it to outline a screenplay, which is something I've never done before. In any case, in playing around with Aeon Timeline, I noticed one difference between the screenplay template and the fiction template: the screenplay template doesn't allow me to enter characters' birth dates, so their ages aren’t calculated/shown in the timeline. So my questions are: Am I wrong? Is there a way to enter a character's birth date in the screenplay template? Or do I need to use the fiction template? Are there any other differences between the fiction and screenplay templates I should be aware of? I didn't notice any others that couldn't be changed in document settings, but I may have missed them. Thanks in advance for any replies. Skylamar

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 00:22:07 GMT

I apologize: I just realized I can change my document's Entity Types in Timeline Settings" and enable "Allow start/end events and age calculations." So now Aeon Timeline is displaying my characters' ages even though those weren't enabled by default in the screenplay template.

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 04:47:58 GMT

Hi, The main difference between the Screenplay and Fiction templates is the style of dates used. The Fiction template uses the regular style of dates to map events in time (eg. 5th Jan 2012), while the Screenplay template uses one of the relative style dates (in this case time). This is where dates are displayed counting forwards or backwards from zero (eg. 01:02:20) and is designed to map out events as they occur in screen time, not in chronological time. (eg. Event A occurs at the 4th minute of the film, Event B occurs half an hour into the film etc.) This is why the calculation of ages is not on by default, as it wouldn't be able to track characters in the normal sense here. You can convert the template to use the normal style dates if that is what you wish, however at that point it is pretty much the same as the Fiction template. Jess

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:18:36 GMT

Jess, thanks for explaining!

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:26:49 GMT

Actually, I realize I have another question: I think, for my purposes, I will create an initial Aeon Timeline document using regular dates to map out the chronology of my story. Then I will create a second Aeon Timeline document using relative dates to map out the screen time. I'm just wondering: is there an easy way to transfer/copy events from one document to another, especially when they are using different date styles?

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 06:23:21 GMT

Hi, At the moment no, there is no way to copy the events from one document to another in this way. You can convert relative dates styles to normal date styles, however this is more intended for people who are planning their novel, but don't know the exact dates yet (just that Event A occurs 3 days after Event B etc.), but would not work in your case (as it is two different orders you are plotting). We do plan in our next version to add functionality where you can plan both the chronological order and narrative order of stories in the one file using the same events, but in the current version you would have to have separate files. Jess

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:39:13 GMT

Jess, thanks. The new version sounds just what I'm looking for.

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:42:28 GMT

Oops correction: The "next" version I meant, not "new" version. Also, it'd be nice in the next version if there is a feature for indicating flashbacks.

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 05:34:15 GMT

Hi, We do plan in the next version to have different event types (eg. backstory, flashbacks etc.) Jess