Annika Lidne

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!

 

Input For Public Service

Input For Public Service

Next week we at Dramatify meet the public broadcast industry at the touring conference Input, which this year visits our lovely neighbouring capital of Helsinki.

Green filmmaking is high on the agenda for the EBU, European Broadcasting Union, and ditching paper and couriers are definitely one step towards going green. Also, the public service broadcasters are often first with trying out new technology in the television space.

If you want to meet us at Input in Helsinki the 12th or 13th, please email me. While the conference runs all week, Dramatify have to leave to attend the Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film which starts on the 14th.

Tuesday Tutorial: Working with screenplays and characters

Tuesday Tutorial: Working with screenplays and characters

Here is a walk-through with links on how to work with screenplays and characters in Dramatify. Enjoy!

The screenplay is naturally the base for any drama production. In Dramatify it’s also the base for a web of links that strings characters, cast, sets and locations together to end in the call sheets.

The easiest way to work with screenplays in Dramatify is to import a shooting script as a .fdx file from Final Draft or any Final Draft compatible screenwriting program. If correctly formatted, you will at the same time import all characters with dialogue as well as all sets. While the .fdx file contain all that information, scripts from Movie Magic Screenwriter, Celtx, MS Word or a PDF do not. However, there are ways to import other screenplay formats as well with a little TLC.

Team writing

Do you have the writing team spread out? No problem. Team writing and editing works great in Dramatify. As each scene is a “card” or it’s own container, you can each work on different parts without risking overwriting someone editing the same content at the same time. It also makes it easy to create a storyline, just like with old-fashioned index cards, and then flesh out each scene.

Sorting characters and inviting cast

When you import a properly formatted screenplay, you also import characters and sets. The characters end up in one long list as main characters, and you need to properly categorise them as main characters, supporting characters etc. Just click on the edit icon next to the character name to do that.

Edit character

In the resulting popup, you can also invite a cast member to the character, linking them together in team lists, cast lists and call sheets, or leaving the invitation for later.

Don’t forget to add extras and check off characters

After importing and sorting your characters, it’s important that you go through your screenplay scene by scene. You need to add characters that do not have any dialogue or are extras or atmosphere, as these will not have been automatically imported.

You also need to check off the characters that should be in front of the camera in each scene. We could of course take the risk of a qualified guess based on who has dialogue but prefer to take the safe road and let you decide.

Check characters in scene

 Happy writing in Dramatify!

Tutorials to read:

 

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