features & releases

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.

 

 

 

 

Launching individual user access

Launching individual user access

Now we make it easier for you to administer access!

Today we launch individual user access. This means that you can add your entire team to Dramatify and decide on an individual basis who should have access to Dramatify and not. Up till now you’ve had to remove a team member entirely from your production to shut off their access.

Now you can:

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  • Add a team member to your team list, but delay inviting them to a later date
  • Toggle access on and off as you need. For instance, you might want to shut off access for actors that are ready with their parts, but have the option of turning on access again if someone needs to do any additional work.
  • Keep an intact team list for reference and credits

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Of course, you can still remove team members completely from a production. If you do, you’ll need to send them a new invitation if you’d like to add them again.

Happy producing!

The Day out of Day report – much asked for!

The Day out of Day report – much asked for!

Many of our users have said they want us to build a Day out of Day report. And here it is, ready for your fall and winter productions!

Day out of Day report is completely linked to our scheduling. You will be notified when a character and participants begin working, working and stop working. If you have a long production, you can also filter on the date period you wish to see.

A smart way to planning cast and statistically days is to have the scheduling and Dood report open in separate tabs in your browser. Reload the page with Dood reports when you have made changes in your scene planning, and you can really plan better and save costs.

Take a moment and look at our tutorial about scheduling, including Day out of Day report, you might see some new smart functions has not been used yet!

Dramatify releases technical script breakdown

Dramatify releases technical script breakdown

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Customers have asked us  to build out our breakdown with a proper technical breakdown. And here it is!

Now you can breakdown every aspect of your script and add anything it needs to be realised. You can add the scene items to scenes, sets or characters and select which department is responsible for the scene item.

Persistent and non-persistent scene items

To characters, you can add both persistent and non-persistent items. A persistent item is something the character should have in every scene, like glasses. Once a persistent item is added to a character, it is automatically added to each scene that you add that character to.

Sets work in a similar manner. When you add scene items to sets, they will be automatically added to all scenes using that set.

Adding scene items outside of breakdown

Since departments like set construction, props, wardrobe and makeup & hair often need to fill out the initial breakdown, they can do that at the set and character pages without needing admin privileges. They can also add scene item options to each scene item, like different brands, colors or models to try out before deciding on the right one. These lists also makes it easy to remember what to return.

Scene list and breakdown report

In the ultra sortable scene list, your team can get a condensed version of the breakdown, to some extent depending on their individual access permissions. The breakdown report that shows everything included in the breakdown can be sorted and printed on screenplay or scene.

 

 

 

 

The Team Thingy – new super profiles, team administration and team reports

The Team Thingy – new super profiles, team administration and team reports

Dramatify users  said they wanted us to beef up profiles, allow team members to display driving licenses and professional qualifications and most importantly: Build the team list and set up profiles for team members before inviting them. Here it is!

Team administration, team reports and new profiles – A short list of our new features

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  • Much easier team administration
  • Build your team list before you invite your team
  • Invite team members and cast at the right time for each person
  • Manually add profile, profile image, contact information, representation etc as you invite team members
  • Add flags for minors as well as contact information to their guardians
  • Easier team administration with up to 5 teams, production notes and optional upload of releases and contracts

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  • One click calling, texting. direct messaging and emailing
  • Options for team members to add driving licenses, professional qualifications and certificates, medical training and health and safety officer training to their profile
  • Option for team members to add a flag for a medical condition or handicap they want the team to know about, and how the team best can assist
  • Option of adding ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact information
  • Team reports that can be filtered and printed

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The one minute explaination:

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The thorough tutorial:

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Happy Dramatifying your team!

New! Scene list and scene shooting status

New! Scene list and scene shooting status

With the new scene list and the new scene status, we give all Dramatify users complete overview over the script and the shooting status of all scenes.

From now on, users with admin rights can change the status of the scenes right in the call sheet, using any internet connected device.

When a scene is done, you simply change its status. If you’ve shot a scene that needs any kind of additional shots to be completed, you set the status to unfinished.

Call sheet scene status setting

Call sheet scene status; finished

Call sheet scene status; unfinished

 

Scene list overview

In the new scene list (image at the top), you get an overview of the entire script. You can also filter all scenes to get lists on int/ext scenes, production days, progress status etc.

As soon as you change a scene status in the call sheet, the scene list is updated.

Dramatifying your production means staying on top of things!

Script breakdown now added to Dramatify’s scheduling suite!

Script breakdown now added to Dramatify’s scheduling suite!

Script breakdown is now added to Dramatify. It has developed out of, and far beyond, our previous annotate feature. Now you can breakdown your drama screenplay in one go, in one place, on the move and together with your team if you wish.

The script breakdown is completely integrated with both the screenplay and the planning. This means that if you need to rewrite or otherwise edit your screenplay, Dramatify’s breakdown and planning keeps pace with you.

New scenes you haven’t broken down yet are clearly marked, and you just adjust for your new material. There is no need to do your breakdown and scheduling all over again as in other solutions. Read more about how to use it in our FAQ article.

More to come

You find the new script Breakdown feature under Scenes in the right hand production menu. Why not label it “Breakdown” you might ask? Well, we will very soon add more features related to Scenes and Breakdown, so stay tuned!

Happy breaking down!

Introducing watermarking and cover pages for screenplays

Introducing watermarking and cover pages for screenplays

Watermarking is something many users have asked for – and now it’s here!

Most producers feel safer know that their screenplay is properly watermarked since it’s a vital IP, Intellectual Property. Some have paid dearly to other services for the simple task of watermarking and distributing screenplays – we include it among all our other features.

At Dramatify we also take it one step further. In addition to watermarking, we have added automatic tracking info. In the footer of each screenplay page we print the date the screenplay is printed, for whom and their role in the production, their email and the production company copyright.

Customizable cover page

We have also added a customizable cover page. Dramatify imports screenplays as .fdx files from Final Draft and Final Draft compatible screenwriting programs. In the import file, the cover page is not included. Therefore we have made it easy for you to add and update a cover page that follows American Screenwriting Standards.

Learn more of watermarking, tracking info and how to set up a cover page in our Tutorial & FAQ section, as well as check out the sample pages so you can see how it looks in reality.

Happy writing!

New drag and drop TV & film production scheduling

New drag and drop TV & film production scheduling

Today Dramatify releases the first part in a suite of tools for better production scheduling, with the new planning grid and calendar overview.

One of the features Dramatify’s users have asked most for, is a better tool for planning of bigger productions, especially drama. Now, you can both plan small one or two day shoots simply by using only call sheets. Or, use our new planning grid and calendar overview to plan big productions with many number of episodes and up to five teams with their own call sheets and schedules.

Planning grid

Dramatify introduces a new planning grid for production scheduling where you simply drag and drop the scenes on the correct production day and team.

Add flags and banners

In each column you can add flags at the top for easier planning as well as banners for any non-scene event that you want to plan during the day. Banners can have added time to create a production schedule at the same time.

Production time estimates

At the bottom of each column Dramatify automatically calculates an estimation of how much material that will be produced during the day and how long the production day will be. This let’s you keep an eye on total working hours.

Splitting and unsplitting scenes

Today, as filming becomes more complex, the need to split scenes into several parts increase. Scenes can be split as many times as you like and different parts can be split on several days and / or several teams. It’s perfect for productions with a lot of CGI and special effects. On each split part, you can add a note.

Calendar view

You tie production days with calendar dates in the calendar view. There you can view which scenes are shot on any given day and by which team. You can easily move production days around by drag and drop.

Add dates to your production days!

 

Call sheet view

The planning tool also includes a view of unpublished and published call sheets for all production days and teams. This allows you to quickly navigate and get an overview of your work.

Call sheets in Dramatify

 

A walk-though of planning and scheduling

We have published a thorough tutorial of Dramatify’s new planning and scheduling features in our FAQ section.

 

Adding banners, time codes and drag’n’drop scene order

Adding banners, time codes and drag’n’drop scene order

Today we release a host of new features for our scripts and call sheets. They have been much asked for – we’ve heard what you wanted and now they are here!

We introduce drag’n’drop scene planning, planning banners for non-shooting events, time codes for drama and the automatic page calculator.

Ever since the introduction of our AV script format last fall, AV scripts have featured four different time codes: Segment Time, Running Time, Production Time and Total Production Time. This makes estimating the finished filmed production as well as the total production time a breeze.

Is 1/8 page really a reliable production estimate in 2014?

But we asked ourselves: What about drama? Is estimating the time of a finished filmed screenplay, as well as production time, by way of parts of a printed page really very 2014? No, we didn’t think so and a lot of producers agreed, so now you can – if you want – add …

  • Segment Time – the estimate time of the finished scene. This automatically adds up to…
  • Recorded Time – the calculated time of each added scene. In the script, it adds up to the calculated time of the all scenes that gone before. This means that you can easily check that plot points are in the correct time slots, as well as that the screenplay is the correct length for the time you had in mind. In the call sheet, Recorded Time adds up as the total recorded time that day.
  • Production Time – estimated production time for each scene. This adds up to…
  • Total Production Time – the calculated production time of all the scenes before. In the call sheet you automatically get the total production time and lenght of the day if you keep the schedule, including breaks.

Scene time & Production time

To add these times, you simply edit each scene in your script and fill them in as you go through your script. If you leave them blank, you will just have an ordinary script without any production times.

Banners for non-shooting events

One of our most asked for features, have been banners. With a banner you can add any non-shooting event you’d like to your call sheet; rehearsal, lunch, team transport etc. If you have added production time to your script, as well as set working hours, Dramatify will automatically present you with a complete shooting schedule for the day.

Add banner

Drag and drop makes planning and changes lightning fast, even on location

With added drag and drop, you can just reorder your scenes and banners in the order you want them. Since it works great on mobile too, you can easily adjust the shooting schedule during the day, if you been faster than estimated, or slower.

Drag'n'ndrop

Simply move a scene with your mouse on desktop or your finger on mobile devices.

 

Page-part calculator: A look in the mirror while moving forward

For almost a century, it’s been established practise to measure the length of the finished drama production, the production time and production progress with the number of pages in the screenplay as well as parts of pages.

If you write your screenplay in any Final Draft-compatible, .fdx, program and import it to Dramatify, the length of each scene follows. But what if you cut and paste from another program, edit scenes, or write your screenplay from scratch in Dramatify?

Page calculator

Enter the page calculator! When editing each scene you can calculate (or recalculate) the length of the scene, to make sure you get the correct information in your call sheets. This also makes many team members happy, who are used to and comfortable with, producing based on page counts.

 

 

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