Annika Lidne

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!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Production planning in Dramatify

Tuesday Tutorial: Production planning in Dramatify

I thought I’d brighten up your Tuesday with a tutorial on how to connect the dots and prepare to create call sheets in Dramatify.

Dramatify’s production planning feature is a collection of features to facilitate the creation of call sheets. Dramatify’s planning is currently suitable for smaller drama projects and non-fiction productions, with the option of importing Movie Magic Scheduling for larger productions.

Dramatify is the only provider in the world offering import from Movie Magic Scheduling and distribution on mobile. It is still a some what experimental feature because we had a small number of productions to test with and there is a lot of factors to contend with. However, we are here to support you in case you run into problems.

 Linking scenes, sets and light conditions together

The planning nav tab in Dramatify have four features:

  • Linking scenes, sets and light conditions together for faster call sheet creation
  • Setting standard working hours for the entire production
  • Adding standard radio channels for the entire production
  • Importing schedules from Movie Magic

 Read the tutorial

You’ll find exactly how to do that in the full tutorial on how to plan your TV or film production in Dramatify.  You can also browse our FAQs and tutorial section to learn more how to use Dramatify to the fullest!

Happy planning in Dramatify!

Tuesday Tutorial: Working with AV scripts

Tuesday Tutorial: Working with AV scripts

AV scripts are superflexible in Dramatify and can be put to a lot of different uses. Here’s how!

A lot of productions need a script but not a traditional screenplay. A commercial might need a storyboard more than a script. A talkshow might need a production schedule rather than a script.

Dramatify’s AV scripts are flexible to provide you with everything from a minimalistic production schedule up to a a fully fledged storyboarded script with images, dialogue, sound and music suggestions, participants and more. Best of all, the AV scripts are formatted to look great in the mobile to make shooting on location a breeze.

Team writing

If you have your writing team spread out, Dramatify provides you with a perfect solution for your team to be able to collaborate from different locations.

Call sheets

AV scripts work in Dramatify’s mobile-adapted call sheets just like drama screenplays. If you work on a series, you can even mix episodes with drama screenplays and AV scripts if you like.

Read the tutorial

You’ll find the full AV script tutorial in our FAQs section, where you also can explore other topics to learn more how to use Dramatify to the fullest!

Happy writing in Dramatify!

Import from Movie Magic Scheduling, distribute digitally

Import from Movie Magic Scheduling, distribute digitally

As the first online platform in the world, Dramatify launches export – import from Movie Magic Scheduling. This allows you to both keep on working like you’re used to, and harness the power of mobile distribution and immediacy. 

We want you to be able to both keep the cookie and eat it. Now you can do your planning and scheduling in Movie Magic like you are used to, and then import your scheduling to Dramatify.

In Dramatify, you match up your planning with your script, create our mobile friendly call sheets and publish them with a click. Your team can access all core production documents on their favourite device, online and offline.

Immediate updates

Online call sheets can – unlike traditional ones – be updated on the fly if necessary. That means there are no more waiting for call sheets to be updated, printed and distributed. With Dramatify messaging you can also inform your team about the changes to really get the message through.

A first version to be extended

In this first version, the Movie Magic Scheduling import works for feature films, short films and series where you can export the planning for one episode at a time. You can shoot scenes from several episodes the same day in our call sheets, we just need each episode matched with the script for that episode to get the import right. The import will later be extended to work for series that plan in blocks.

Try it out and let us know what you think

The Movie Magic Scheduling import is an answer to what many producers have requested that we build. We build what the industry is demanding. Let us know what you think about the new feature and what you would like to see in the future. If you aren’t already a Dramatify user, sign up here!

 

NOTE: Movie Magic Scheduling import requires that you have a copy of Movie Magic Scheduling and a valid license. You can buy it at the Entertainment Partner web site.

Meet Dramatify at the Cannes Film Festival 2014

Meet Dramatify at the Cannes Film Festival 2014

Next week Dramatify will be at the Cannes Film Festival, or rather the commercial market known as Marché du Film – the film market. While the official competition and the Hollywood stars tend to grab the headlines, the Marché du Film is really where the action is. It’s the biggest film market in the world, gathering people, companies and films from all over the globe buying and selling rights to films for staggering amounts of money.

Dramatify are meeting with producers, press and educators. We will co-habit with other Swedish tech companies in the Sweden Film Commission Pavilion in the International Village. If you want to meet, just contact me and we’ll set up a meeting!

 

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