The Structurator

This interactive story tool will help you identify the story-type of your project.

It’s free and entirely web-based, so there is nothing to install. Enjoy!


If you aren’t familiar with the Story-Type Method, please download the FREE Sampler of Screenwriting Unchained from the Members’ Area (you’ll need to log in or register to get access). The sampler (first 60 pages of the book) provides a brief introduction to the method, though ideally you want to read the full book or take the self-led course to make the most of this tool. The short video below, taken from the course, supplements the reading but isn’t meant to replace it.

Please note that the dramatic three-act structure, based on a dramatic action or evolution, is not the same as the logistical three-act structure, based on a set number of pages or minutes. This is explained in the sampler and detailed in the book / course, along with key concepts such as managing information.

Can you identify the story-type of your project?

IMPORTANT: if you’re reading this, it means that The Structurator is still locked and you can only access the introduction above.

To unlock The Structurator and enable all the features listed below, you need to register or to log in and then come back to this page.

Overall, The Structurator features:

  • a selection of videos from our Advanced Development Course introducing each story-type
  • some essential structural tips specific to each story-type
  • many examples of movies or TV Series – both classics and recent ones – based on each story-type
  • a fun, interactive introduction to the Story-Type Method
  • an interactive story tool designed to lead you to the relevant information
  • or the option to access directly the content related to your story-type
  • there is nothing to download or install, it’s entirely web-based

Best of all, The Structurator is FREE!

You just need to register or to log in.

See you on the other side!

What People Say About The Structurator

The damn thing works!!!

Leonard Kadner

I love the Gestalt of this idea/approach!

Richard Lamborne

I found the Structurator hugely helpful. I worked in script development for almost a decade, and nobody taught me more about the craft of screenwriting than Emmanuel. The Structurator is almost as useful as having him in the room, asking you questions which can frame your thinking about a project. Story problems that seem to be about the detail of particular scenes are often more about the big questions: who wants what, and what’s getting in the way? Playing around with the Structurator breathed new life into an idea I’ve been toying with for years. Great!

Toby Garfath

I have worked with Emmanuel on and off for two decades, so I thought I knew it all… but to see his theories mapped out in such detail here and to test my own story material against the brilliant Structurator was quite an eye-opener. As ever, with what seems like effortless common sense, he makes you drill down to the core story questions you thought you’d already answered… with some pretty ‘dramatic’ results! I am so pleased to see an alternative to the ‘studio system’ manuals we all know and slightly loathe – his approach is outside any ‘formula’ and is tremendous for those who need focus or, as I have felt so often, are feeling STUCK. In my experience, his Structurator could also be called The Re-Enthuser, (though it is not half as good a name)… I went back to work with renewed belief and better ideas.

Eileen Horne

The Structurator is indeed useful. By defining your story-type, it makes you think about broader possibilities for your script. Something the experienced writer needs to examine as much as the starting writer does. Oberg knows his stuff and can present the art in a clear and different way. I’d recommend using The Structurator on all your scripts and seeing where its conclusions might take you.

Sebastian Foster

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