Annika Lidne

Expanding locations with sets

Expanding locations with sets

In our continuous build-out of Dramatify’s features, we are now adding sets to locations. This makes planning easier for professionals, especially for productions with lots of studio or sound-stage shooting.

Since there is a tad confusion in the industry of what a set is and a location is, and the difference between them – and that it also can be hard to distinguish for our multilingual users, here is an explanation!

A Set is the scene where your action will take place. You find them in the middle of the screenplay’s slugs, here in bold:

EXT. A VIEW OF PARIS – DAY

Some sets require that you build elaborate sets, others can be shot in an existing location. You can shoot an almost unlimited numbers of sets in one location, like a studio or a sound stage, but never one set in multiple locations. Also a set doesn’t necessarily need a location, if you for instance do CGI work instead.

While a set usually is quite unspecific; “Street”, “Car”, “A view of Paris”, a location is the specific, physical place where you intend to shoot.

In Dramatify, you link the set of “A view of Paris” to the physical location of “9 Rue du Cardinal Dubois, 75018 Paris, France” from where you can shoot a nice view of Paris as shown in the image from Google Streetview above. With the location, Dramatify also give you maplinks and an automatic weather forecast in your call sheet.

Some confusion arise due to the fact that what Dramatify (and Movie Magic) call a set, Final Draft (and Final Draft compatible programs) call a location.

We have two excellent tutorials on how to work with Sets and Location in Dramatify. Go read them!

Dramatify users are safe from the Heartbleed bug

Dramatify users are safe from the Heartbleed bug

The Heartbleed bug have been called the biggest internet bug of all times. Dramatify users are safe and do not have to change their Dramatify passwords, but it might be a good idea to change any other passwords as well as clear out your browser cache.

Dramatify’s recently started encrypting our traffic between your browser and our servers. Our hosting company have a very high security vigilance and upgraded all servers as soon as this bug was made public. They do not see that it should have compromised any Dramatify users.

Dramatify safe from heartbleed bug

What is the Heartbleed bug?

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that encrypts internet traffic. This weakness allows theft of the information that under normal conditions are protected by the encryption. The encryption provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. It includes secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

What you should do

As stated earlier, your Dramatify account, password and content is safe. But you might want to update your other accounts including social media, email, e-commerce etc.

  1. You can test the status of your services with the Heartbug test (as shown in the picture above).
  2. Change all your passwords. For very important ones like Google, Microsoft, Dropbox etc. turn on two way authentication.
  3. Empty all your browser caches. ZDnet have written a good tutorial on how to do that for different browsers.

Stay safe!

 

Image credits: Heartbleed art by rejon at Open Clip Art. (Public Domain)

First Dramatify education!

First Dramatify education!

This week we held the first Dramatify lecture at a film and TV school. It was the TV production course at Medieinstitutet (The Media Institute) in Stockholm that invited us.

They will be using Dramatify for their drama block in which the students are tasked with creating two short drama productions.

We wish them all the luck with their productions and are looking forward to seeing the results!

MIPDOC is here. Meet us!

MIPDOC is here. Meet us!

We are currently at MIPDOC 2014 in Cannes. It has a great line up of interesting sessions, parties, networking events – and of course hundreds if not thousands of documentaries and factuals for sale. In fact, documentaries are currently the most profitable genre in film and TV!

As Dramatify aims to help producers earn even more by producing faster, smarter and with a higher quality to a lesser risk, we are meeting producers here at MIPDOC. Contact Annika Lidne to set up a meeting!

 

Dramatify encrypted

Dramatify encrypted

Last night we launched https for all of Dramatify. This means that all traffic between your device and the Dramatify servers is encrypted for your security. 

HTTPS simply means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure and is a widely used security protocol that encrypts traffic between your web browser and our servers.

Without it, it is possible to snatch up and read the traffic passing between your device and our servers, regardless if you are using an unprotected wifi link in a coffee shop or someone hacks into your internet service provider’s routers and servers.

Now all traffic between your device and our servers, including your content, is encrypted and you can safely go on making great productions!

Protect yourself

However, we at Dramatify can never stop anyone to gain access to your device, so protect yourself and your information by taking the following steps on your device; smart phone, tablet or computer:

  • Always use a password to login to your device
  • Always use a screen lock or screen saver that locks your device after a few minutes of inactivity so you must put in a password
  • Never use the same password for everything and always have unique passwords for your most important services like your email and Dramatify. Preferably, use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass that not only helps you remember your passwords on all your devices, but can also helps you generate and keep track of long, hackproof passwords.
  • Always update your device so it runs the latest software update. This is especially important for Windows and Android devices as they are the most targeted by hackers, viruses and malware.
  • If you use Windows or Android, download and install anti-virus and anti-malware programs from reputable sources.
  • Beware of clicking on email attachments if you don’t know the sender.
  • Beware of any site that emails you and asks you to follow a link and then put in your username and password, especially if the email claims that something nefarious have happened and you must act fast. Always check that the address bar shows the correct address to the site like: beta.dramatify.com and not beta.dramaify.co.mz or any unfamiliar domain ending. Dramatify is not likely to be a target of phishing as it’s called, but there have been widespread attacks against banks and financial institutions like Paypal. If in doubt, always login as usual, not following the emailed link.
  • Only install apps and programs from reputable sources. This is especially important for Android devices as they are currently the most targeted for unsecured and scam apps.
  • If you often are using wifi spots outside of your home or office, consider using an app that secures and encrypts your wifi traffic for apps and sites that do not use https like Dramatify. Cloak is a good choice that works on all Macs and iOS devices.

 

Dramatify in Beta – adds series & multiple teams

Dramatify in Beta – adds series & multiple teams

Dramatify releases our beta version today and a slew of new features; series, multiple teams and documents!

The series functionality can handle an unlimited number of episodes and works as well for a mini-series as a regular talkshow or a 900 episode telenovela.

We also add support for multi-team productions. This means that the production can shoot with up to five teams simultaneously, each with their own call sheet. A bigger budget feature film can use it to add a 2nd and 3rd Unit to their main team, while a TV production might want to have two teams or more, shooting on a rotating schedule.

While we’ve been at it, we also refreshed the interface somewhat as well as added a much requested file and document uploader. You can now share file formats like pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx and .zip with your team.

With the series functionality and support for both drama screenplays and AV scripts, Dramatify can handle any kind of scripted and non-scripted production, like drama, documentaries, factuals, entertainment, talkshows, commercials, corporate videos and netcasts.

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