4 Common Dialogue Problems in a Script

4 Common Dialogue Problems in a Script
Screenplays are meant to be taut, precise, almost effortless reads. But there are common dialogue problems that muddy a screenplay’s purity, leaving your reader trudging through page after page of gobbledygook. Luckily these issues are easy to spot during a rewrite. Take a read through four common dialogue problems that you can probably find (and fix) right now. 1. Fluffy Dialogue We recently wrapped the SoCreate “Get Writing” One-Page Screenplay Competition, and the results are fascinating. W… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Hardware, Software, Wetware: SoCreate Tackles the Topic of BCI

Hardware, Software, Wetware: SoCreate Tackles the Topic of BCI
It’s 2019, and science fiction is no longer. We’re living in an age of science reality! Our March Lunch Meet (a monthly team-led learning series) tackled the topic of brain computer interfaces (BCI), which was just what our movie-minded team was craving. UX development intern Madalyn Pape delivered the impressive presentation, as the topic is a personal passion. Avatar, The Matrix, Star Trek and Marvel’s X-Men … now these are films about mind control that we can understand! But connecting our… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How to Write Foreign Language in a Traditional Screenplay

How to Write Foreign Language in a Traditional Screenplay
Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood … in the 21st century, movies are made everywhere. And while the film industry expands, so does our desire to hear from more diverse voices, including languages we may not understand. But with strict screenplay formatting, how do you utilize foreign language to enhance the authenticity of your story, and at the same time make it legible and not confusing? Never fear, there are a few simple ways to add foreign language dialogue to your screenplay, no translations n… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How a Homeless PA Inspired Filmmaker Noel Braham to Write Screenplays That Matter

How a Homeless PA Inspired Filmmaker Noel Braham to Write Screenplays That Matter
Filmmaker Noel Braham was wrapping up a night of production on his second short, The Millennial, when he was confronted with a story that gripped him at the heart. The inspiration was sitting right there. “I had a production assistant helping me out pro-bono … working tirelessly, without complaining. The guy was amazing to work with.” Braham offered to drive the PA home, and at first, the PA declined. “He said just drop me off at the train station, and I said no, I’m going to give you a ride ba… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Supports Local Tech: Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop

SoCreate Supports Local Tech: Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop
SoCreate makes a tradition out of supporting tech in San Luis Obispo. One reason is that we’re lifelong learners, and there is so much to learn from each other, and we also want to see the tech industry grow in SLO because that only helps us develop a more talented team! So, when two experts in their field stepped up to teach a PyData SLO workshop on deep reinforcement learning, we stepped up to provide the pizza! We also hosted this March Meetup here at our SoCreate offices. SoCreate Software… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Announces Winners of the First-Ever “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition

SoCreate Announces Winners of the First-Ever “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition
So, we have our winners! And you writers did not make this an easy choice. Your screenplays were so well done, hilarious, and most importantly, you crammed all that good stuff into a single page. Incredible!  More than 500 people entered their one-page comedy screenplays about the life of a writer in our first ever SoCreate “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition. We read scripts from India, Tanzania , Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Tunisia, Portugal, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Egypt,… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Launches 2 New Open Source Projects - ‘Service Fabric’ Reliable Services

SoCreate Launches 2 New Open Source Projects - ‘Service Fabric’ Reliable Services
When it came time to build out SoCreate’s screenwriting platform infrastructure, we evaluated several options for managing our application cache and data protection. Our SoCreate engineers are big fans of Microsoft Service Fabric, a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, launch, and manage scalable microservices and containers. Service Fabric also addresses challenges related to developing and managing cloud native applications.   So, rather than using Redis or SQL Server a… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Duncan Gichimu Joins a Team of Lifelong Learners at SoCreate

Duncan Gichimu Joins a Team of Lifelong Learners at SoCreate
SoCreate continues to grow our team of software engineering talent with the recent addition of Duncan Gichimu. Duncan was a standout graduate of the Fullstack Academy coding boot camp, where he honed skills he’s been building since high school. And SoCreate couldn’t help but take notice! The Fullstack program is competitive and intense, but Duncan is no stranger to these two adjectives. He’s been coding since he was a teenager and won 3 national championships with his BDPA (Black Data Process… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Acts, Scenes, and Sequences - How Long Should Each Be in a Traditional Screenplay?

Acts, Scenes, and Sequences - How Long Should Each Be in a Traditional Screenplay?
If I had to name my favorite adage, it’s that rules are for breaking (most of them - speed limits are exempt!), but you must know the rules before you can break them. So, keep that in mind as you read through what I’d call “guidelines” to the timing of acts, scenes, and sequences in a screenplay. There’s a good reason for these guidelines, though (just like speed limits 😊) so don’t stray too far off the mark or you might pay for it later. Let’s start from the top. A 90-110-page screenplay is s… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Lunch Meet: Jami Lurock's Journey to Home Automation

Lunch Meet: Jami Lurock's Journey to Home Automation
When you combine an engineer and his home security system, the result is something far more advanced than your typical alarm. Ever wish you could just tell your garage door to open, monitor the salinity of your saltwater pool from afar, or catch your kid or roommate who leaves the window open while the heater is on, all from a mobile device? It can be done, and our chief engineer Jami Lurock set out to prove it! At our second installment of “Lunch Meet,” a monthly team-led learning series on… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich