Ever more tech tools are supporting the digitalization process of the film industry. But story development is still a largely analogue craft. The phase before which screenwriters sit down to writing a screenplay – the untold hours they spend developing the story and the characters, noting plot events on dozens of handwritten cards stuck on a wall – has so far been left out of the spectrum of digital tools. Not until it was time to actually type the screenplay and treatments was the computer turned on.
This is about to change drastically in the very near future. The software as a service www.beemgee.com visualizes story structure and supports character development. All the information on the wall is now saved in a digital project accessible from anywhere on any device. As a collaborative webtool, Beemgee can be used to set up virtual writers’ rooms. All the software really does is emulate a set of blank index cards, allowing writers the freedom they want, and giving the team the access to the story information it requires. Also, it allows producers to be part of the process.
This innovative tool has been selected by the European Film Market to be part of its Startups 2016 program, hosted by the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, and taking place in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on Monday and Tuesday, February 15th and 16th.
“’EFM Startups’ is a platform in one of Europe’s most exciting startup hubs that networks the film industry with lateral thinkers from the technology scene”, says EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol.
Accredited festival goers will be able to test the software live at Beemgee’s booth in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in the afternoon on Monday February 15th. Online and free at www.beemgee.com is a webtool to help authors devise the precise narrative function of the characters in their stories.