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PRODUCTION COMPANY / PRODUCER

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® combines all current and archived projects in a single drop-down menu. Each project features its own calendar. You may also view all your projects in a consolidated calendar.

Create an overview of the preparation or shooting state of your projects with just a few clicks. Likewise, you can review the approximate costing situation.

Keep a private archive of shooting locations, actors or the company's own equipment. Everything can always be integrated into one or more of your projects.

Enjoy continuous access to countless statistical data such as number of shooting days per actors, additional equipment (lists or Day-Out-Of-Days), shooting time, playing time, make-up time, travel time, etc.

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® adapts to your project. Whether movies, series, or advertising. Everything in an all-in-one solution for the first time.

Pay once per project and integrate your employees at no additional cost into their respective projects.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Planning, travel, hotel and vehicle management (planning and cost level).

Read permissions mainly include:
Produzenten, Producers and the production manager see released cost levels (summary of all departments) and department costs. 

AAssistants and trainees as well as other members of the department mainly have reading and editing permissions to the planning pages and all released concept and planning pages of the creative department. 

No permissions:
The production department has no insight into any non-released concept and costing pages of other departments. Assistants and trainees as well as all responsible for the set-organization have no insight into costing data and cost levels.

 

DIRECTION

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® features a drop-down menu for quick access to all your current and archived projects.

Keep track of content, characters, sets, locations, props, costumes, make-up and logistical planning and their inter-connections.

Create script comments, content or visual concepts and make them easily accessible to your team. 

In colaboration with the DOP, create a shot list and define additional equipment for special shots.

Enjoy continuous access to countless statistical data such as number of shooting days per actors, additional equipment (lists or Day-Out-Of-Days), shooting time, playing time, make-up time, travel time, etc.

Keep a private archive of shooting locations, actors or the company's own equipment. Everything can always be integrated into one or more of your projects. 

Directors and assistant directors have access to the casting platform SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO and can propose and cast artists directly into the project with just a few clicks. 

Approval permissions include, among others:
Content and character planning, directing concept, shot lists, set selection, new versions or screenplay and shooting schedules, extras planning.

Editing permission: 
Creating and sharing own technology lists. Editing and sharing shooting schedules.

Read permissions mainly include: 
Production planning, scene design, costume, make-up and technical planning, set and shooting location information.

No permissions:
No insight into actor's personal data like clothing size or skin allergies, and no access to costing and cost levels.

CAMERA / GRIP / LIGHTING

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® offers completely new and simple options to manage content, logistics and equipment within a single solution.

Create your shot list directly by the script and access set photos or logistical shooting location information at all times. 

Scenes or shots can be assigned and integrated with lighting plans, storyboards, pictures, sun angles, etc. You can store a reference image for each shot settings. 

Use SCRIPTtoMOVIE® EQUIPMENT CATALOG to compile required equipment lists. With a few clicks, create accessory lists for individual technical accessories required on particular days, and assign the respective scenes or settings. Review the number of operating days with a single click.

Create camera concepts and color concepts in collaboration with the Director. Present your sample pictures using digital mood boards with SCRIPTtoMOVIE® IMAGE SLIDER.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Creation of the shot list, creation and sharing of equipment lists and all technical planning, camera concept and corresponding mood boards.

Editing permission:
Editing and sharing of shooting schedules.

Read permissions mainly include:
Shooting schedule, production planning, information on directing, set design, costume and make-up planning, sets and shooting locations.

No permissions:
No insight into actor's personal data like clothing size or skin allergies, and no access to costing and cost situation.

LINE PRODUCER / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® combines all current and archived projects in a single drop-down menu. Each project features its own calendar. You may also view all your projects in a consolidated calendar.

Create an overview of the preparation or shooting state of your projects with just a few clicks. Likewise, you can review the approximate costing situation.

Enjoy continuous access to countless statistical data such as number of shooting days per actor, additional equipment (lists or Day-Out-Of-Days), shooting times, playing times, make-up times, travel times, etc.

Plan the required shooting equipment with the relevant departments. Use SCRIPTtoMOVIE EQUIPMENT CATALOG to produce order lists for equipment rental.

Shooting schedules automatically create daily reports, which can be maintained by the production assistant and continuity.

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® adapts to your project. Whether movies, series, or advertising. Everything in an all-in-one solution for the first time.

Pay once per project and integrate your employees at no additional cost into their respective projects.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Planning, travel, hotel and vehicle management (planning and cost status). Equipment lists, daily reports, daily scheduling.

Read permissions mainly include:
Producers, production managers and managing directors see released cost levels (summary of all departments) and department costs. 

Assistants and trainees as well as other members of the department mainly have reading and editing permissions to the planning pages and all released concept and planning pages of the creative department. 

No permissions:
No insight into any non-released concept and costing pages of other departments. Assistants and trainees as well as all responsible for set organization have no insight into costing data and cost levels.

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / PRODUCTION MANAGER

Breakdown sheets and shooting schedules are directly connected with the script. Shooting schedules can be directly generated after script importing. In turn, generated shooting schedules allow for the immediate set up of daily schedules and call sheets.

You have access to the breakdown sheets within the script as well as in connection with the strip board. All created items can be directly stored in the respective departments and planned in detail there. Moreover, it can be determined whether a particular item should appear on the daily schedule (call-sheet).

The assistant director can create and plan extras. All created extras appear immediately in the respective departments (props, costume, make-up) and can be planed in detail there.

Enjoy constant access to countless statistical data such as number of shooting days per actor, additional equipment (lists or Day-Out-Of-Days), shooting times, playing times, make-up times, travel times, etc.

Production managers can plan the detailed logistics of shooting locations in a separate interface. Map and directions are included automatically. Each shooting location can be planned and calculated separately. Capturing actual costs allows for permanent cost control.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Generate and release shooting schedules, import and release of scripts into the system. Extracts, logistical planning and calculting for shooting locations (only production manager), scheduling, call sheets.

Read permissions mainly include:
Content planning by the director, concepts of all creative departments, technical planning, production design, costume and make-up planning, set and shooting location information, detailed information on actors.

No permissions:
No insight into calculation and cost levels and no insight into non-released concept pages of other departments. 

Assistants and trainees have no insight into calculating data and cost levels of their own departments.

 

ART DIRECTION / PROPS / LOCATION SCOUTING

After importing the script, SCRIPTtoMOVIE® automatically creates the sets defined in in the script. At that point, you can immediately start your preparation. 

Art directors and location scouts may create a separate archive of shooting locations and suggest possible shooting locations among them for such sets.

Individual sets can be associated with shooting locations with a few clicks. You can then either plan individual sets or directly set shooting location as a whole. Calculate costs for each shooting location and access the cost overview with just a few clicks. 

Prop masters can go through the script scene by scene and define and categorize your props. After that, you can generate extracts for shooting locations and schedule with a few clicks, as they lie directly in planning.

Major props can be planned and costed individually. Picture proposals can be stored and discussed with decision-makers through the system's integrated notes communication system.  

Approval permissions include, among others:
Suggest set sorting, shooting locations and props, breakdown sheets, individual calculating. 

Read permissions mainly include:
Shooting schedule and daily scheduling, content planning by the director, color concept, concepts and mood boards of all creative departments, engineering, costume and make-up planning, logistical shooting location information.

No permissions:
No insight into cost data and levels of other departments and no insight into non-released concept pages of other departments. No insight into actors' personal data (e.g., contact information, clothing sizes).

Assistants and trainees have no insight into calculating data and levels of their own department.

 

COSTUME

 

After importing the script, SCRIPTtoMOVIE® automatically creates the characters defined in the script. You can immediately start planning for them. Once extras are defined, you can individually plan those as well.

Costumes can be defined for individual characters. Each character or extra has his/her own virtual closet, which can contain several clothing items. Predefined groups include: Shoes, socks/pants, upper body, headgear, jewelry, suits/clothes /overalls and manufactured items. Costumes can be produced with just a few clicks.

In a content overview, you can allocate predefined costumes of individual characters to individual scenes. 

Since you are attached directly to the shooting schedule, you can watch your continually updated extracts with one click. 

Store a connection picture for each scene. In the scene, you will see how the character appears in the last and the next scene (if already shot).

Cost characters individually and display a full cost overview by pressing a button. You can capture actual costs and always monitor current cost levels. 

Approval permissions include, among others:
Costumes, suggestions, wardrobe, calculating. 

Read permissions mainly include:
Shooting schedule and daily scheduling, content planning by the director, color concept, concepts and mood boards of all creative departments, engineering. costume and make-up planning, logistical shooting location information, personal data of actors (e.g., clothing sizes)

No permissions:
No insight into cost data and levels of other departments and no insight into non-released concept pages of other departments. 

Assistants and trainees have no insight into calculating data and levels of their own department.

 

MAKE-UP / HAIR STYLING

After importing the script, SCRIPTtoMOVIE® automatically creates the characters defined in the script. You can immediately start planning for them. Once extras are defined, you can individually plan those as well.

Make-up and hair styles as well as special effects can be pre-defined separately for each character. Styles can then be easily distributed to the respective scenes. This provides you with an unprecedented overview of processes and costs.

Since you are attached directly to the shooting schedule, you can watch your continually updated extracts with one click. 

Store a connection picture for each scene. In the scene, you will see how the character appears in the last and the next scene (if already shot).

Calculate characters individually and display a full cost overview by pressing only one button. You can capture actual costs and always monitor current cost levels. 

Approval permissions include, among others:
Styles for makeup and hair, special effects, proposals, calculating, and cost levels. 

Read permissions mainly include:
Shooting schedule and daily scheduling, content planning by the director, color concept, concepts and mood boards of all creative departments, engineering. Scene design and costume planning, logistical location information, personal data of the actors such as skin allergies.

No permissions:
No insight into cost data and levels of other departments and no insight into non-released concept pages of other departments. No insight into actors' personal data (e.g., clothing sizes).

Assistants and trainees have no insight into calculating data and levels of their own department.

 

SOUND

Find all the information about shooting locations and technical conditions. You have insight on the development of technical planning and all details of the respective shooting locations.

You can produce your equipment list with SCRIPTtoMOVIE® EQUIPMENT CATALOG. Maintain your own equipment and, for example, generate insurance or customs lists.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Create and share the sound equipment list.

Read permissions mainly include:
Shooting schedule, production planning, information on directing, set design, costume and make-up planning, sets and shooting locations.

No permissions:
No insight into actor's personal data like clothing size or skin allergies, and no access to calculating and cost levels.

 

ACTOR

Find all information about your character collected up to a given point. Script pages can only be displayed and output for each character. Sort your scenes according to the shooting schedule.

Actors have almost exclusively read permissions to inform in detail the script and schedule on their character. You can make individual comments on the script and use SCRIPTtoMOVIE® NOTES to attach and shares notes on scenes, characters, and costumes.

Moreover, actors may present themselves using a digital set-card within the casting platform SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO.

No permissions:
No insight into personal data of other actors such as clothing sizes, skin allergies, and no access to calculating data and levels; only read access to all logistical as well as production technical information.

CASTING

Create and maintain your own actor, model or performer archive. Propose artists for all projects directly from your personal archive.

At the same time, you can automatically access the database of the casting platform SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO at not further cost. 

Once a script is released in the system, SCRIPTtoMOVIE® automatically creates a character list. For each character, you can suggest an artist directly from your archive or from SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO. If you hold casting sessions for the roles, you can store a link to the casting recording for every performer. 

DApproval permissions include, among others:
Casting suggestions to the corresponding characters or extras. 

Read permissions mainly include:
Released shooting schedules and daily planning. Content concepts from the director and other creative departments.

No permissions:
Casting directors have no insight into calculating data and levels, set, costume, make-up, technology or shooting location details.

POST PRODUCTION / VFX / SFX / STUNT

Store digital mood boards and concept art and present them with SCRIPTtoMOVIE® IMAGE SLIDER. 

Enjoy simultaneous access to the shot list and technical planning of a scene to provide advice to the relevant departments. Leave your comments using NOTES.

Approval permissions include, among others:
Moodboards

Read permissions mainly include:
Screenplay, set design, shot list, released shooting schedules and daily planning, content concepts from the director and other creative departments.

No permissions:
Personal information of actors, team members, and all calculating and cost levels of other departments.

 

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

HHave only read permission for content and logistical information released in the system by the respective department. All can exchange views or store personal notes through NOTES, the system's internal communication system.

 

Interview with the creator

YOU ARE A FILMMAKER. WHY DID YOU DEVELOP A SOFTWARE?

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® was born out of necessity. No software could handle what I needed for my pro- jects. Not only from a director’s point of view, also from the entire project’s point of view.

AND THAT DIDN’T EXIST YET?

There is software for the logistical aspects of lm production. There are also apps to use for certain departments. But that’s all. Nothing covers all aspects, combines the team in a way that all members can bene t from it. Today, everybody preps on their own und countless lists are being sent around. They all look different and you have to nd a way to make them cohesi- ve. That’s very time intensive and susceptible to mistakes.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE TO OVERCOME IN DEVELOPMENT?

Film making is based on two pillars. The script and the production schedule. Both are inde- pendent from each other and yet connected at the same time. Whatever you decide in terms of the script will have consequences sooner or later for the production schedule. Changes to the script or the schedule cost a lot of time for administrative purposes. The biggest challenge during the concept stage of SCRIPTtoMOVIE® was to keep both pillars exible while connecting them to each other. I believe we’ve succeeded. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® combines the creative with the logistical.

WHY HASN’T THIS BEEN THOUGHT OF BEFORE?

The di culty is that so many departments with different needs are colliding, while they all work for the same goal: to make a lm as good as it can possibly be.

WHAT DID YOU PAY MOST ATTENTION TO IN DEVELOPMENT?

Filmmaking is a predominantly creative business with mostly creative people. They often colli- de with each other. The experience, accessibility and the look of a software are very important to them. A lot of energy and research went into the user interface which is intuitive, but at the same time has to look good. During the intensive prep phases I’ve spent many hours in front of a server. Why not work with a software that makes you feel good, is fun to work with and looks presentable?

DOES SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CHANGE THE WAY FILMMAKERS WORK?

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® digitalizes a lm team without changing the work ow of a speci c department. The past 100 years of lmmaking have proven certain patterns as being useful. I didn’t want to change them. On the contrary. I’ve tried to understand the different needs of every department und develop SCRIPTtoMOVIE® in a way it can be helpful to everyone equally. Of course that took some time for me to familiarize myself with everybody’s process. A database is only as good as the information that it contains. The more meticulous you work, the more you get out of it in the long run. In the rst few weeks we’re talking mainly data entry, later that data just needs to be managed and updated.

IS SCRIPTtoMOVIE ONLY USEFUL, IF THE WHOLE TEAM WORKS WITH IT?

Not at all. With SCRIPTtoMOVIE® you can work on your own. However, the script and production schedule updates will depend just on one person. For that reason SCRIPTtoMOVIE®is more valuable if more team members are involved in the prep with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. The workload of every team member lessens since everything only needs to be entered once and is available to everybody thereafter. When I assign a scene to props for example, the prop is also visible in scheduling. Nothing needs to be copied and pasted, that happens automatically. The director’s assistant who is in charge of scheduling will only have to decide wether the prop needs to be visible or not.

HOW SAFE IS SCRIPTtoMOVIE®?

We care a lot about the security of people’s intellectual property. The owner of a project can decide if they want to activate a watermark which will appear on every page of the script. Every report that gets generated will be distributed with the name of the team member imprinted as a watermark. For the rst time in a lm software the watermark is built in to the user interface wherever there’s a script page. That way the distribution of screenshots can be prevented as well.

WHAT IS ONE SPECIAL FEATURE THAT SIMPLIFIES FILM PREPARATION THANKS TO SCRIPTtoMOVIE®?

Film-prep is constantly changing. It is often hard to pinpoint what has been changed. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® logs changes automatically and states, for example, which props have been removed or what has been renamed. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® doesn’t make your movie better. The people who make the lm do that. But SCRIPTtoMOVIE® helps everybody who wants to make a good lm to make it better. Filmmakers are full of passion for their craft. I don’t know anybody who was forced to make movies. - That’s why I believe we deserve a good software to work with.

DO YOU BELIEVE SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAN BECOME STANDARD?

Film is always an individual art form, from the conception to its nished product. It’s hard to speak of “standard” here. I would hope that in the future a lot of lmmakers will work with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. Because, as I said before, with every additional person the value of the content will rise manyfold for already active users. If we succeed to create a large community we will keep improving and optimizing SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. We have many more ideas!

IS SCRIPTtoMOVIE® COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER PROGRAMS?

No, SCRIPTtoMOVIE® is its own, self contained system. With importing and exporting, mistakes can happen and that’s what we want to avoid. There are functions within SCRIPTtoMOVIE® like a full, newly developed shooting schedule which doesn’t exist in this form in any other software.

HAS SCRIPTtoMOVIE ALWAYS BEEN PLANNED THIS WAY?

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® has certainly changed during the course of its development. From the basic structure to its functions. We’ve quickly realized, once the user interfaces were up, which needs were not met yet. It’s astonishing how quickly you get used to new possibilities and functions and you forget that they weren’t available just a very short time ago. Out of these needs the integrated casting platform SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO was developed, which will be a valuable tool for casting departments, once more actors join it. This casting tool is helpful and practically relevant, even if the movie itself won’t be pre-produced with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® CAST PRO combines a „Best Of“ of features from other casting platforms. It stands on its own but it integrates existing portals which can serve well with the presentation of an artist.

IN OTHER WORDS, TEAM MEMBERS WON’T HAVE TO COMMUNICATE PERSONALLY ANYMORE?

Not at all. Communication is the most important tool on a movie set. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® creates time which can be used to brainstorm about new ideas. In order to spontaneously place a note we’ve created a internal communication system. On almost every page the notes-module can be found. With it an idea or note can instantly be preserved. A central notes-system collects the notes. With a link you’ll always get back to the place where the idea was generated. Every note can be shared and answered. With this tool the typical ood of emails can be held at bay and at the same time information won’t be lost. While SCRIPTtoMOVIE® automizes many procedures, the notes have to be read and marked manually. That way it’s always clear, who has received and read the note.

WHY ARE YOU LAUNCHING IN FIVE LANGUAGES?

Films are made all over the world. Sometimes you shoot in a foreign country with French, Spanish or German speaking teams. With the help of SCRIPTtoMOVIE every team member can access the software in their own language. A common language should be agreed upon for project entries.

WHY IS SCRIPTtoMOVIE® NOT AVAILABLE FOR TABLETS?

Film prep often happens in an o ce on the big screens. The screen of an iPad would be too small to open a script page and at the same time attach notes. I wouldn’t rule it out however that there will be an iPad version of SCRIPTtoMOVIE® at a later date. A tablet, in my opinion, is primarily a reader. Today it replaces paper. I do use my iPad in conjunction with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. With SCRIPTtoMOVIE® you can generate over 160 different reports which then will be saved as PDFs. I personally transfer the PDFs onto my iPad and have them and all my info available on set on the day of shooting. I’ve shot my last three movies without one piece of paper!

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT ARE YOU OFFERING?

Our philosophy is to strengthen the collaboration within the team. Of course we will support you in that effort, but our vision is for teams to nd support amongst team members. At the launch of the software our user forum will go online, moderated by us. There you can post questions that will either be answered by users or us. The forum will be hosted in German and English.

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No functional questions will be answered. Please understand that we can not afford free training.