Annika Lidne

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:

 

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!

 

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