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Press release: World’s first smart script tool for multi-camera live & studio shows

Press release: World’s first smart script tool for multi-camera live & studio shows

Dramatify launches a unique, collaborative script tool for multi-camera live and studio shows, developed together with live-tv show directors, production co-ordinators and script writers.

Today, most live and studio shows handcraft scripts and running orders in spreadsheets – a tool made for numbers, not scripts. Existing digital script tools on the market have so far been made for either drama or news, not entertainment, galas or talkshows. With Dramatify’s new script tool for multi-camera shows, producers and their teams can save time, resources and a lot of frustration.

With Dramatify, show directors, producers, production coordinators, technical crews, screenwriters and talent, not only get a live and studio script tool made for the task, but also:

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  • easily customised script set up
  • collaborative writing
  • tailor-made views for technical crew and talent respectively
  • automatically colour-coded scenes depending on source
  • running time, real time and reverse time options
  • work status (red, yellow, green)
  • one-click addition of sets and cast
  • dark mode when using tablets, computers and smart phones during studio shoots
  • teleprompter export of either both action and dialogue, or just dialogue

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Dramatify’s smart script tool for multi-camera live and studio shows is also:

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  • fast, due to smart functionality and drag’n’drop interface
  • collaborative, decide exactly who should be able to read or write
  • multi-homed, works on any device with a modern web browser; computers, tablets and smart phones
  • integrated, with all of Dramatify’s other features: team management, messaging, characters & cast, sets & locations, scene items (including props, wardrobe, set dressing and even security), scheduling, call sheets and reports
  • eco-friendly, all of the team can use Dramatify on their favourite device, and there is no need to print information to distribute it.

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Quotes

– There has been a huge demand for digital tools that make productions smooth. TV-shows are getting bigger and bigger and more complex with many screens, set ups, graphics, props etc. says Rami Lindholm, TV-director at the Finnish national broadcaster Yle who have been essential to developing the new script and running order tool. Lindholm has a background of several hundreds of galas and shows. He continues:

– The point is that the softwares that have been available until now, are made for news or dramas. Demands for entertainment shows are different. Spreadsheets are frustrating to use as a script or running order tool.

– Co-operation with YLE have been very important, because YLE produces every genre. It has been essential to receive input from a big player, as well as extend and integrate the production crews’ wishes to Dramatify; from team management and communication to call sheets and reports, says Dramatify’s CEO and cofounder Annika Lidne, and continues:

– The TV and film industry is years behind other industries when it comes to smart, eco-friendly, mobile collaboration tools, that’s why we founded Dramatify.

– Many production companies and broadcasters work across genres, from drama to entertainment, talkshows, documentaries, commercials or trailers. We understand their need for one tool that is made for the specific formats and processes in our industry and also supports their team and their productions regardless of format and content. Dramatify is one system for all team members, both crew and cast, says Dramatify CEO Annika Lidne.

Facts

Dramatify is a Swedish startup revolutionising production management in TV, film, video and VR. In 2015, still in beta, MIPTV regarded Dramatify as “one of the world’s most innovative startups within television and video technology”. Dramatify is the only online, mobile production management platform handling production across genres: drama, entertainment, current affairs, factuals, documentaries and commercials.
www.dramatify.com

YLE is the Finnish national broadcaster and well-known in the industry as being at the forefront of technical development – often being the first with introducing and trying out new tools and ways of working. Yle´s role has been consulting in product development.
www.yle.fi

Top image by © Björn Falkevik for Dramatify. More images to download on our Flickr page

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!

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