features & releases

Scene Items Super Manager – never miss a thing again!

Scene Items Super Manager – never miss a thing again!

Wardrobe? Props? Vehicles? Camera equipment? Security? Efficiently keep track of everything!

We always listen to our customers and their smart requests. That’s why we have beefed up our scene items management so you and your team always are on top of everything – from wardrobe and props to vehicles, security, camera and lighting equipment.  And any other things you want to manage for your production.

 

Copy scene items from previous scene in breakdown Smart copy!

In the breakdown, copy scene items from a previous scene with a click – making script breakdown super fast!

 

Add images to scene items
Add images!

Add images of wardrobe items, props and any other scene item. Or, snap a photo of a barcode or inventory number!

 

Add tags to scene itemsAdd tags!

Create your own tags to organise and categorise your scene items!

 

Add stars to scene options
Add stars!

Scene items can have options – say three different jackets to try. Now you can star mark your options to keep track!

 

Search scene items
Search

Smart search – search on scene item names or keywords!

 

Character pages with scene items Character pages!

Each character have their own page where you can overview and edit all scene items for the character – and add options!

 

Set pages with scene items
Set pages!

Each set have their own page where you can overview and edit all scene items for the set – and add options!

 

Day out of day for scene items

Day out of day for Scene items

When and for how long will you be needing a scene item? The new Day out of Day table for scene items gives you the answer in a second!

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Automagic Daily Production Reports

PRESS RELEASE: Automagic Daily Production Reports

Dramatify launches another innovation for the moving image industry with the unique, smart technology-driven Daily Production Reports. Their automatic functions cut hours from each shooting day.

Today, writing Daily Production Reports (DPRs)  is a laborious manual task, often taking place late at night after a long production day on set. Failing to file the DPR in time might not only mean an angry executive producer, but worse, that co-producers and bond companies may halt the production.

The Daily Production Report is an industry cornerstone

The Daily Production Report is a cornerstone for every film and TV-drama production, as well as many entertainment and documentary productions. It summarises the progress of the production as well as lists expenses, vital legal documents like personal releases and location releases, and adds important notes on subjects such as health & safety incidents.

Another innovative feature

Dramatify leads the development in innovative digital, cloud-based production management tools for the moving image industry. With the new automagic Daily Production Reports, Dramatify use smart technology to do the heavy lifting and automatically gather daily information from other smart Dramatify features such as:

The user can then manually add media usage, details and corrections as well as log expenses in multiple currencies. The digital version also includes scanned receipts.

A digital approval and signing process

When the report is ready, Dramatify’s smart digital approval and signing process starts, where signers are notified and then digitally can handle approvals, rejections and signing with just a few clicks.

That ‘time is money’ is a well worn platitude, but on set it’s an expensive reality. Every minute costs a lot. In an industry that mainly manage productions manually, Dramatify is dedicated to innovation by building smart digital tools that saves time and money, so producers can focus on production quality and creativity.

Learn more in the tutorial!

Automate on set food & meal handling!

Automate on set food & meal handling!

Dramatify works tirelessly to help producers, teams and productions to work smarter. We just released one of our most “asked for” features: Food lists, plate count and meal costs. Automagically!

Today – as if it’s not enough to keep track of how many meals to order, plate count and break times – you also need to keep track of who is vegan, low carb, low fat, vegetarian, kosher or halal – and have a food allergy…

And on top of that, how should meal costs be handled? Is breakfast free, but 1st and 2nd meals deducted? Or taxed? And what if some cast members have different negotiated meal costs than the rest of the cast and crew? And what if we suddenly have twenty visitors on set? Phew!

Dramatify handles

  • the food preferences and food allergies for each cast and crew member.
  • daily compiled food lists with everything caterers need.
  • general meal cost settings for cast and crew.
  • individual meal cost settings (optional).
  • easy check in of meal times and consumed meals.
  • .csv export of complete working hours, break times, plate counts and individual meal cost instructions.
  • easy addition of extra plates as well as snacks

 

Sign up and try it out! 

Introducing cast & crew working hours check in and out – with spreadsheet export!

Introducing cast & crew working hours check in and out – with spreadsheet export!

Today we introduce a much requested feature – the ability to record the crew and cast working hours through a super-easy interface. And then export it to the spreadsheet application of your choice!

The new check in/out feature is integrated with scene scheduling, crew scheduling, daily cast scheduler and call sheets. It gives you both the option to check in your team members the moment they arrive, at scheduled call times, at a time of you choosing as well as record sick days and absence. The process of checking out is as simple. You can then export the working hours to a spreadsheet application of your choosing!

Read the tutorial!

 

Useful reports to keep the production on track!

Useful reports to keep the production on track!

Dramatify users asked for more detailed reports, and here they are! Each is easy to customise with a click or two, if you want to print or PDF reports and send to others.

The Character and Cast report

Character & Cast report

The Character and Cast report contains all important information about a character and it’s casted talent:

  • Working period: Start date, finishing date, number of days
  • Number of pages
  • Scenes
  • Episodes
  • Sets
  • Locations
  • Unit bases

As you see on top of the image, you can hide any information with a click, if you want to customise and send a report to a colleague. Underneath the show/hide buttons, you also go the stats for the number of characters in the various cast categories. If you only want to view a specific character category, like main characters or stunt persons, you filter that with a dropdown menu.

Combine the Character & Cast report with the awesome flexibility of Dramatify’s scene list, and you can very easily dig deep and get exactly the character and cast information you need.

The set report & list

Set report

While the Character & Cast report is a specific report, with Sets and Locations, we have simply extended the list functionality to give you all important information at a glance.

  • Scenes
  • Location with a map link
  • Unit base with a map link
  • Notes

You can also sort the set list report on:

  • Episodes
  • INT, EXT, INT/EXT, EXT/INT
  • Alphabetically by set name
  • Production day
  • Location

The location list and report

Location report

The location list report works pretty much the same way as the set list report. We have three types of locations:

  • Shooting locations
  • Unit base
  • Medical emergency

For each shooting location you see:

  • Location status (none, red, yellow, green)
  • Street address with map link
  • GPS coordinates with map link
  • Sets
  • Unit base
  • Episodes & scenes
  • Notes

You can also group the shooting locations on production day in the header dropdown.

Happy reporting!

New & improved screenplay import and synch!

New & improved screenplay import and synch!

we’ve just released our new and improved screenplay upload and synch.

Upload as many script revisions as you need! Import and replace one, a few or all of the scenes while keeping everything synched with your breakdown, scheduling, characters, sets and call sheets.

And if you work with a series, we keep track of the characters and sets that you already have added in previous episode screenplays.

Final Draft compatible

The improved screenplay import is built with kind support from Final Draft, and works with any Final Draft compatible screenwriting program that exports .fdx files. If you use another program, there are ways to convert and import them as well!

Write from scratch – including RTL languages

As before, you can also write directly in Dramatify which works especially well if you team write or have writers and editors in different locales.

Also, if you write in a right-to-left language like Arabic, Hebrew or Farsi, we are the only professional screenwriting solution that supports RTL. We believe everyone should help save trees!

Automagic watermarking and screenplay tracking

Automagic watermarking and screenplay tracking is built in so you protect your intellectual property. At the same time you get an easy way to distribute screenplays to your entire team – formatted for their favourite devices.

Permissions – from everybody to super secret

You can let everybody in the team read the entire script, only scenes in the call sheet or –  if you are working on a super secret story – remove scenes while still working with breakdown, scheduling and all the other functionality in Dramatify. From now on, there is no need to print scripts. Everybody have the screenplays in their pocket (well, unless your screenplay is super super secret!) Watch how below!

First user free in all productions

Remember that the first user is free in any production, so log in and start planning your next master piece today!

Check out our Spring Tour video!

It’s spring in the air! Here is our spring tour through all the features in Dramatify! Our newest feature is script support for RTL (that’s right-to-left) languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Urdu and more.

Sign up for a free trial at app.dramatify.com or click at “Register” at the top of the page!

If you want a personal online demo of Dramatify, just contact us and we will schedule you!

Now supporting scripts and screenplays in Arabic and Farsi

Now supporting scripts and screenplays in Arabic and Farsi

Dramatify now supporting scripts and screenplays in Arabic and Farsi!

The film industry in countries with languages written from right to left, have had a hard time working with script development since none of the usual screenwriting programs support RTL languages.

After requests from the Gulf, Dramatify launched support for both drama screenplays and non-fiction scripts at the Dubai Film Festival that currently is underway. The support works for all languages written from right to left, as mentioned Arabic and Farsi but also Hebrew and Urdu.

We at Dramatify hopes this will help the film and TV industry throughout the Middle East!

The power of a name – working with international teams

The power of a name – working with international teams

Many people across the world have to live with online services that don’t care how they want to be greeted or how their name is written. We think that’s very unfair.

Names – and how we are named – are intensely tied to our personality, ethnicity and tradition. The internet actually quite seldom recognises this, and tries to force a Western naming pattern on everybody. If matters were reversed, I’d have to live with receiving emails with “Hello Lidne!” as the personalised greeting instead of “Hello Annika!”. A small thing you might think. It’s not.

The Westernised standard

Most forms on the web that asks you to leave your name, looks something like this:

names in international teams

It leaves no room for the initial that many Americans use to differentiate their name from other people, like actors Michael J. Fox or Michael C. Hall.

It also takes for granted that the first name comes first and is my given name, and that my last name comes last and is my family name. Not so in many Asian countries.

In China, a name like Mao Ze Dong, consists of the family name “Mao”, the generational name “Ze” shared by siblings, and the given name “Dong”.  While not everyone have a generational name anymore, those who do, expect to be called by friends “Ze Dong”, not just “Dong”.

Meanwhile in India, there is a vast variety of combinations like

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  • “Kogaddu Birappa Timappa Nair” follows the order villageName-fathersName-givenName-lastName
  • in Rajasthani, the name “Aditya Pratap Singh Chauhan” is composed of givenName-fathersName-surname-casteName
  • and, in another part of India the name “Madurai Mani Iyer” represents townName-givenName-casteName

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Most developers (at least in countries with Latin and Cyrillic alphabets) usually assumes that the first name in the form is your given name and use that to personalise greetings on the web and in transactional emails.

As you see in the examples, that assumption can end up being very, very wrong!

Names for official credits and nicknames

Meanwhile, in Spanish and Portugese speaking countries, names usually follows a Western standard order, but can be very long. It is common with names consisting of several given names as well as both your mother’s and your father’s family names like “José Eduardo Santos Tavares Melo Silva.”

In English and Scandinavian speaking countries it’s common to shorten a name, from “Katherine” to “Kate”, or from “Mikael” to “Micke”.  In other countries like Thailand and Russia, many people have a separate preferred nickname used by friends and family.

Full name and “personal” name

At Dramatify, we must handle names correctly for credits and payroll, but with Dramatify’s social team features, it’s also nice to know what people prefers to be called by their team mates and also for us to greet them properly in emails and other communication.

To handle all of these various ways of using names, and get it right both for official credits and for close working relationships, we at Dramatify have chosen to have full name and “I’d like to be called” instead of the usual firstname / given name and last name / family name form fields.

Suddenly, users can decide how they want to be addressed, while getting their official full name correct.

To learn more about names all over the globe, and how to handle them digitallt, read the W3C schools article that inspired Dramatify’s naming convention.

 

 

 

 

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