Interactive Storytelling For Everyone

Transform linear media into personalized gamified experiences

Seize the moment

We’ve entered a new era of interactive storytelling: video platforms like Netflix and YouTube are enabling streaming interactive films and video story games, with on-screen choices which let the audience decide what happens next.

Stornaway.io lets you craft interactive video stories that your audience will want to replay again and again – to see different choices and perspectives, unlock secrets and follow their interests.

Examples of recent interactive films on Netflix, YouTube, BBC and Stornaway (see credits top right)

Plan, write, edit and test - without coding

Plan your story visually

The core element of Stornaway.io is the Story Island – which might be a scene, a location or a clip. Each island is shown as a box, with arrows which show how it links to other islands.

Stornaway’s Story Map makes it super easy to follow the paths that a viewer might take – to go back and take another path, to zoom out and see the whole story.

Edit and play back immediately

Simply click Play to immediately playtest. Even before you have any video to upload, Stornaway.io will let you play whatever you’ve planned out, using placeholder videos.

This previz is one of Stornaway’s most powerful features: no more waiting to the end to see how your project plays, when it’s too late to change it. You’ll instantly be able to feel how your audience will experience it.

Add story layers without adding confusion

On the left side of the box, you can see different variants of each Story Island – perhaps it’s the same scene, but your audience sees a different version of it depending on what they’ve chosen previously.

In other flowchart tools, you have to add these as separate boxes, which quickly gets very messy and confusing. Stornaway’s patented innovation lets you layer them neatly into one tabbed box. For writing, shooting and editing, that’s incredibly powerful.

Write and read non-linear scripts

Using linear writing tools for interactive scripts is a headache – tools like Final Draft can’t create links between pages.

Stornaway’s script editor is designed for non-linear navigation, and each Island in the map clearly links to its own section of script.

Our script pages show the choices to move forwards (and backwards), with links that let you jump to the right pages. See more in our help section here

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Choices and Button Settings

Text and Image Buttons

Add clickable words and images

Create text buttons, or upload images as buttons, and make them change when clicked.

Add up to 4 onscreen choices for each video, optimised for both mobile and desktop.

Button Styles

Custom styles and positions

Use the sidebar in the Story Map to customise button styles, positions, text and background colors. Set defaults and individualise for each Island.

Upload your own images to overlay anywhere in the frame, with transparent backgrounds.

Invisible Hotspots

Make anything or anyone clickable

You can make any of your buttons invisible, and set any area of your frame to be clickable.

This lets you use people, objects and complex graphics in your uploaded files and make them clickable without adding buttons. See more here

Countdown Timers

Add countdown timer bars

Let your audience know how long they have left to make a choice with a timer bar that slides down to zero.

Set the colours to match your text buttons, invert or use transparent backgrounds.

Click Timing

Control rhythm and pacing

Choose what happens when your audience makes a choice.

Set the choice to cut to the next clip as soon as the choice is clicked, or set it to wait until the end of this clip and flow on to the next seamlessly.

Default Choices

Set up autopilot choices

When the audience leans back or can’t decide, the story continues. As the author, you decide which path they should follow.

You can also connect islands without choices to edit together seamlessly, and set up hidden paths that are only followed if no choice is made.

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Publishing

Play your game immediately on your website, link in social or export for other platforms.  Watch our tutorial video about this here

Easy no-code publishing

Simply publish to Stornaway, your own site and social

Click Publish to make your story public in our powerful Stornaway player and streaming platform – simply embed it on your own site and link to it on social media

YouTube integration

Export Stornaway stories to YouTube

Plan out your interactive story in Stornaway, and use our Chrome Extension to publish direct to YouTube with interactive links.

Open and universal authoring

Compatible with other interactive platforms

Stornaway was designed as an open, flexible, universal authoring tool, and we’re working towards integrations with major VOD platforms. If you want to plan and test stories in Stornaway and publish to a 3rd party video or gaming platform, contact us.

What are interactive videos?

Thousands of people all over the world are using Stornaway.io to make interactive video experiences for business, marketing, training, education and learning, as well as for film, tv and game projects. See our Customers and Examples pages to find out more.

Stornaway.io is so easy and powerful that our users include the full range of experience and budgets – from people who are totally new to video, to the world’s most experienced interactive filmmakers making big budget interactive films for game consoles and cinemas.

The thing they all have in common is that they love using Stornaway.io to create interactive videos.

Where can I publish what I create in Stornaway.io?

Stornaway.io is uniquely flexible and open, so you can publish your interactive videos to Stornaway’s amazing player, to the Web and Social Media, to LMS and CMS platforms, to YouTube and to other compatible platforms as they become available.

The Web and Social Media
For a  fully-featured and custom-designed experience, you can publish to your own site and to social media using our powerful Stornaway player and streaming platform.

LMS (Learning Management Systems) 
Stornaway.io projects can be embedded on LMS pages, and thus included in the SCORM packages that LMS systems and eLearning authoring tools use to exchange data and track learners’ outcomes. We are working on further integrations with LMS standards – please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

YouTube
We have created the first game engine for YouTube. Craft and test your interactive video stories in Stornaway.io and publish them direct to YouTube with interactive links, to reach their huge global audience of 2 billion monthly users.

Unity and Unreal – for Mobile, Steam, Consoles, VR
Turn your interactive video into an App to play on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Quest VR, Smart TVs and even game consoles, which you can offer and sell on your platform of choice, using our no-code Unity plugin. Unique flexibility and simplicity for everyone!

Compatible VOD platforms
Stornaway.io was designed as a universal authoring tool, and we’re working towards integrations with major VOD platforms. If you’re a producer looking to publish to a 3rd party platform, we can solve your storytelling and delivery problems – contact us for more details.

How much does it cost?

Stornaway.io’s Personal plan is free for you to use, to write and play interactive video experiences.

Our plans for publishing and sharing start at $10 per month for the Plus plan.

You can find full details of our plans and how to sign up on our Plans page.

Our plans >

What's the difference between Stornaway and other tools?

Interactive video is much more than just a video with a button on it. It’s a whole new way of thinking about video, by joining up multiple clips into viewer journeys and experiences. From feature films and immersive theatre to demos and tours, from recruitment and training to challenges and behaviour change campaigns – the uses of interactive media stories are exploding (seemingly by the day!)

We built Stornaway.io as an interactive filmmaking platform, and it’s grown to be a creative-focused production tool for all kinds of interactive video stories and journeys in every sector. We’re proud to be a part of a rich ecosystem of tools.

There are lots of platforms to choose from – and each has a slightly different offering. So for 2022, we’ve took a dive into 22 top options – along with information on their key features, who they’re best for and (where possible) pricing – and compiled our findings in an article: 22 interactive video tools for 2022.

We hope that whatever you’re trying to do, you give Stornaway.io a test drive – do let us know how you get on. Have a look at some of our examples and case studies via the links below to see what’s possible.

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