Author Archive: Ellen Wixted

New video: Collaboration with Adobe Story Plus

One of the things that makes filmmaking so different from other creative endeavors is that it’s inherently collaborative, particularly when you’re working on projects of any significant scope or complexity—as anyone who has ever sat through the end credits of a film can attest. (And chances are if you’re reading this blog, you do that all the time!)

Screenwriting is no different. Well, it can be—sometimes a writer gets to work on and develop an idea working alone, and for those folks, Adobe Story Free is perfect, as it includes all the core writing tools to create scripts formated to industry standards. But more often than not, even developing a script is collaborative—and that’s another area where Adobe Story Plus shines. From sharing projects to tracking changes and versions of a script, Adobe Story Plus offers an enterprise-class solution for collaborating on screenplays of all types.

This video introduces the sharing and collaboration features built into Adobe Story Plus.

Adobe Story Plus is part of a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership (you can also just subscribe to Adobe Story Plus if you prefer). And remember, you can always sign into Adobe Story (or create a new Story Free account if you don’t already have one) just by navigating to story.adobe.com.

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New video: Scheduling a shoot with Adobe Story

Adobe Story is great if you’re working on a spec script destined for the silver screen. But the pragmatic reality is that most video productions are somewhat more grounded in the need to turn a script—which serves as the blueprint for a production—into a finished piece of media, and to get that job done on time and within the project’s budget.

One of the key advantages of Adobe Story is that it integrates powerful writing tools with some really innovative solutions for scheduling a shoot, and keeping everyone involved in that production on the same page—literally, using a wide range of reports. Most of these features are available only in Adobe Story Plus, which you get access to as part of a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership (you can also just subscribe to Adobe Story Plus if you prefer). But the good news is that we’ve added the ability for Story Free users to create three schedules as a way to try out this cool feature.

We’ll go into this in more detail in some future posts, but this video offers a great intro to this area of the product.

And remember, you can always sign into Adobe Story (or create a new Story Free account if you don’t already have one) by navigating to story.adobe.com.

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New video: Creating A/V and other script types

Not every production uses a traditional Film or TV script as its starting point. Adobe Story makes it easy to create lots of different types of script documents, including A/V and multi-column scripts. This new video introduces some of these script types, and talks about the benefits of working with the offline version of Adobe Story, available to anyone who has access to Adobe Story Plus. Plus, we touch on how you can get the metadata from your Story scripts into Premiere Pro.

And remember, you can always sign into Adobe Story (or create a new free account if you don’t already have one) by navigating to story.adobe.com.

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New series of free Adobe TV training videos: Discovering Adobe Story

To help get the word out about some of the powerful tools in Adobe Story, we’re introducing a new series of free training videos on Adobe TV. Each week, we’ll be introducing a different topic; some weeks we’ll have two videos, other weeks just one. Here’s a link to the show, and here’s the first video!

Don’t have time to watch it right now? Here’s a quick recap:

  • Using script templates for different types of scripts—Adobe Story can create film scripts, TV scripts, A/V and multicolumn scripts and more, all with industry-standard formatting.
  • The basics of working with projects—With Adobe Story you can create projects that group related scripts and supporting documents. For example, you might be working on a multi-episode mini-series that in addition to a number of scripts also includes character bios, research documents and more.
  • Importing Final Draft scripts and Word documents—Work with scripts from other sources in Adobe Story.

Check it out, and let us know what other topics you’d find valuable! And if you’re looking for more information right away, check out a related series of videos (some are free) by Maxim Jago published by the good folks at Video2Brain.

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Welcome to the Adobe Story team blog

Maybe you know all about Adobe’s super-cool scriptwriting and scheduling tool, and maybe you had no idea we even had a product in this category. Either way, we’re really glad you found us—and we hope you’ll stick around, as we have a lot of great information to share.

Let me start by introducing myself: I’m Ellen Wixted, and I’m the product manager for Story. I’m a relatively new addition to the Story team (though I’ve worked on other parts of Adobe’s Pro Video toolset for several years), and couldn’t be happier to get to highlight the great work the team has been doing. I’ll be writing about different parts of Story as I dive into the product, and I look forward to sharing the experience.

How did Adobe get interested in scriptwriting? Well, every video or film project starts with an idea—and that idea usually takes the form of a script. As the script develops, ever-more-specific information emerges about the project, from specifics about the on-screen talent (Who are they? What do they need to say? How will they be dressed?) to details about props, locations, specific camera shots the director wants, and a lot more. And it turns out that this really rich and detailed data often gets lost along the way, which is a shame. So, we decided to do something about it: develop a scriptwriting tool that makes your script available—and even more importantly, useful—through post-production and on into distribution. I’d use the word metadata here—because that’s really what we’re talking about—but that tends to cause most people to start mentally making grocery lists, so I’ll save that for another day.

To make a long story short, our larger team has been developing tools that streamline post-production for decades now, and with Adobe Story, we’re looking at how the earliest stages of planning a production can help make everything that happens after that much easier.

There’s a free version of Adobe Story that you can log into simply by using your Adobe ID (which you can also use to download free trial versions of any of our creative tools, from Photoshop and After Effects to Premiere Pro and InDesign). Story Plus adds powerful collaboration and scheduling tools, and is included in a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership; Story Plus also gives you the ability to work offline—so when you’re on a plane or at a cabin the woods, you can still access your scripts.. If you’re thinking about subscribing to the Creative Cloud, we’re running a special offer right now that’s worth checking out. Because Story is a web-based service, the scripts you write in Adobe Story can be accessed virtually anywhere, including with the Adobe Story iPhone apps, which lets you read and comment on scripts on the go.

We’ll go into more detail on these and other topics in future posts. For now, let me sign off with a link to a new video by trainer extraordinaire, Maxim Jago. If you’re not familiar with Adobe Story, it’s a great place to start. And please drop a note to let us know what topics you’d like to see us cover!

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