Annika Lidne

Introducing watermarking and cover pages for screenplays

Introducing watermarking and cover pages for screenplays

Watermarking is something many users have asked for – and now it’s here!

Most producers feel safer know that their screenplay is properly watermarked since it’s a vital IP, Intellectual Property. Some have paid dearly to other services for the simple task of watermarking and distributing screenplays – we include it among all our other features.

At Dramatify we also take it one step further. In addition to watermarking, we have added automatic tracking info. In the footer of each screenplay page we print the date the screenplay is printed, for whom and their role in the production, their email and the production company copyright.

Customizable cover page

We have also added a customizable cover page. Dramatify imports screenplays as .fdx files from Final Draft and Final Draft compatible screenwriting programs. In the import file, the cover page is not included. Therefore we have made it easy for you to add and update a cover page that follows American Screenwriting Standards.

Learn more of watermarking, tracking info and how to set up a cover page in our Tutorial & FAQ section, as well as check out the sample pages so you can see how it looks in reality.

Happy writing!

New drag and drop TV & film production scheduling

New drag and drop TV & film production scheduling

Today Dramatify releases the first part in a suite of tools for better production scheduling, with the new planning grid and calendar overview.

One of the features Dramatify’s users have asked most for, is a better tool for planning of bigger productions, especially drama. Now, you can both plan small one or two day shoots simply by using only call sheets. Or, use our new planning grid and calendar overview to plan big productions with many number of episodes and up to five teams with their own call sheets and schedules.

Planning grid

Dramatify introduces a new planning grid for production scheduling where you simply drag and drop the scenes on the correct production day and team.

Add flags and banners

In each column you can add flags at the top for easier planning as well as banners for any non-scene event that you want to plan during the day. Banners can have added time to create a production schedule at the same time.

Production time estimates

At the bottom of each column Dramatify automatically calculates an estimation of how much material that will be produced during the day and how long the production day will be. This let’s you keep an eye on total working hours.

Splitting and unsplitting scenes

Today, as filming becomes more complex, the need to split scenes into several parts increase. Scenes can be split as many times as you like and different parts can be split on several days and / or several teams. It’s perfect for productions with a lot of CGI and special effects. On each split part, you can add a note.

Calendar view

You tie production days with calendar dates in the calendar view. There you can view which scenes are shot on any given day and by which team. You can easily move production days around by drag and drop.

Add dates to your production days!

 

Call sheet view

The planning tool also includes a view of unpublished and published call sheets for all production days and teams. This allows you to quickly navigate and get an overview of your work.

Call sheets in Dramatify

 

A walk-though of planning and scheduling

We have published a thorough tutorial of Dramatify’s new planning and scheduling features in our FAQ section.

 

How to put a production schedule in your call sheet with Dramatify

How to put a production schedule in your call sheet with Dramatify

With our new production times and banners, turning your call sheet into a production schedule is a breeze. And you can just as easily update it during the shooting day!

You’ve been through it a hundred times. There’s a snag and suddenly your carefully planned day is shot to pieces. While we can’t help you avoiding all snags, we can most definitely help you pick up the pieces and quickly reschedule the day and communicating that to your team in almost the same instant!

Both Dramatify’s drama screenplays as well as AV scripts have now production times. This means you can add how long a finished scene or segment should be, as well as how long you estimate production of it will take.

When you add working hours and then add the scenes you want to shoot on a particular day to your call sheet, you have the beginning of a production schedule. The first scene in the list will have the start time of your working hours.

Now, that is probably not how you want things to run during the day. Enter banners.

Banners – any non-scene activity during the day

Banners is the workhorse of your production schedule, allowing you to add any non-scene activity to your schedule; unit calls, prep time, rehearsals, breaks, transport etc. You can add time allowed, or simply let them have no time (i.e 00:00) to add for instance a Wrap for the end of the day.

Production times shows total filmed material and the day’s working hours

The production times mentioned above, not only show the segment time and production time of an individual scene or segment, but also adds up to the total planned filmed material of the day (in green in the picture above). It also adds the time you have added in the banners for non-filming activities to the total production time (in purple in the image above), thus giving you a great overview of the day’s plans.

Handling suddenly changed plans

When snags hit, and you need to update your production schedule during the day, you just navigate to the call sheet admin view and use drag and drop (i.e. the cross-like handles to the far left side in the picture above) to rearrange the scenes and banners of the day. Use your computer, tablet or your phone! Your teams’ call sheets are immediately updated.

To help them see what have changed, write a note in the unit notes and make sure everybody knows the call sheet and production schedule have change by sending them a message through Dramatify.

Happy producing!

Adding banners, time codes and drag’n’drop scene order

Adding banners, time codes and drag’n’drop scene order

Today we release a host of new features for our scripts and call sheets. They have been much asked for – we’ve heard what you wanted and now they are here!

We introduce drag’n’drop scene planning, planning banners for non-shooting events, time codes for drama and the automatic page calculator.

Ever since the introduction of our AV script format last fall, AV scripts have featured four different time codes: Segment Time, Running Time, Production Time and Total Production Time. This makes estimating the finished filmed production as well as the total production time a breeze.

Is 1/8 page really a reliable production estimate in 2014?

But we asked ourselves: What about drama? Is estimating the time of a finished filmed screenplay, as well as production time, by way of parts of a printed page really very 2014? No, we didn’t think so and a lot of producers agreed, so now you can – if you want – add …

  • Segment Time – the estimate time of the finished scene. This automatically adds up to…
  • Recorded Time – the calculated time of each added scene. In the script, it adds up to the calculated time of the all scenes that gone before. This means that you can easily check that plot points are in the correct time slots, as well as that the screenplay is the correct length for the time you had in mind. In the call sheet, Recorded Time adds up as the total recorded time that day.
  • Production Time – estimated production time for each scene. This adds up to…
  • Total Production Time – the calculated production time of all the scenes before. In the call sheet you automatically get the total production time and lenght of the day if you keep the schedule, including breaks.

Scene time & Production time

To add these times, you simply edit each scene in your script and fill them in as you go through your script. If you leave them blank, you will just have an ordinary script without any production times.

Banners for non-shooting events

One of our most asked for features, have been banners. With a banner you can add any non-shooting event you’d like to your call sheet; rehearsal, lunch, team transport etc. If you have added production time to your script, as well as set working hours, Dramatify will automatically present you with a complete shooting schedule for the day.

Add banner

Drag and drop makes planning and changes lightning fast, even on location

With added drag and drop, you can just reorder your scenes and banners in the order you want them. Since it works great on mobile too, you can easily adjust the shooting schedule during the day, if you been faster than estimated, or slower.

Drag'n'ndrop

Simply move a scene with your mouse on desktop or your finger on mobile devices.

 

Page-part calculator: A look in the mirror while moving forward

For almost a century, it’s been established practise to measure the length of the finished drama production, the production time and production progress with the number of pages in the screenplay as well as parts of pages.

If you write your screenplay in any Final Draft-compatible, .fdx, program and import it to Dramatify, the length of each scene follows. But what if you cut and paste from another program, edit scenes, or write your screenplay from scratch in Dramatify?

Page calculator

Enter the page calculator! When editing each scene you can calculate (or recalculate) the length of the scene, to make sure you get the correct information in your call sheets. This also makes many team members happy, who are used to and comfortable with, producing based on page counts.

 

 

We welcome Martin Vilcans!

We welcome Martin Vilcans!

Dramatify is growing and we are very very happy to welcome Martin Vilcans as our second ever developer. Martin is formerly Head of Development of Goo Technologies, a kick-ass Swedish startup that develops a ground breaking HTML5 gaming engine that can be run straight in the web browser.

Martin is also a film nerd that had his hand at screenwriting, documentary production and acting. He will help Dramatify to faster develop all the features our users ask for so you can Dramatify your productions better.

You can follow Martin on Twitter, LinkedIn and Github.

Welcome Martin!

Tuesday tutorial: Creating (mobile) call sheets in Dramatify

Tuesday tutorial: Creating (mobile) call sheets in Dramatify

It’s Tuesday and time for a new Dramatify tutorial after a little vacation break. Today we talk about a central feature to Dramatify: Creating call sheets.

While creating a traditional call sheet is pretty much a stand alone activity, in Dramatify it’s the end point of an intricate web of links. If you have prepped your project correctly, creating call sheets will only take a few minutes each.

In Dramatify, call sheets can be living documents. They can be pre-produced, continuously updated and added to, then published to your team at a time you decide.

If you need to update after publishing, even the same day, you just update your information and it’s immediately live. If you want, you can add a note in the Unit Notes about the update, and/or write a team message to everybody’s Dramatify inboxes.

Collaborate and delegate

Unlike creating a traditional call sheet, you can – if you want – also invite your team to collaborate on call sheets. For instance, you can let all department heads be responsible for writing their own requirements. Since Dramatify is mainly online and mobile, you don’t need to scrimp on the information. Each department can write as much or as little as they want without regards for paper consumption (but you can of course print as well).

Environmentally friendly call sheets

Eco-friendly TV and film production managementAnd that’s one of the great benefits of Dramatify. You can dramatically cut down on throw-away information on paper and instead let people use their phones, tablets or laptops to access the daily call sheet. Great, right?

 

Get the tutorial

You find the new tutorial here: Creating call sheets and you might also want to read up on Planning as well as other important tutorials in our FAQ section to get the most out of Dramatify.

Happy call sheeting!

 

 

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