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Here's a quick overview of the breakdown tool:

This budgeting tool works with other parts of ProductionNext to help you stay on top of your project's always-evolving finances. You can add or modify budget items here, whether newly-arranged financing events or upcoming expenses. Expense items can be priced as a flat rate or by the hour, day, week, or month, and can be marked as deferred or donated, if that's the case. Deferred expenses will show up in your Fundraising section as Future liabilities; donated expenses will appear as Soft money.

This call sheet is automatically generated from your project information -- it is always up-to-date with respect to your scenes, shots, cast and crew, and the like.

In ProductionNext, your project's cast and crew are all the people that will be taking part in your project. They'll be ordered into categories, like so:

ProductionNext isn't the right place to blog about your cats. (Probably.) But it is a great place to put up production notes, casting announcements, festival acceptances and attendances, and other project news. That's what this is for.

If you like, you can embed YouTube or Vimeo videos about your projects here, for viewing by people visiting your company's profile page.

You can now connect your ProductionNext calendar to other calendar systems, like those on your phone, tablet, or computer, and so see all your upcoming scenes and tasks on your device's calendar, without having to log into ProductionNext. This is an experimental service; it works in many situations, and we are doing our best to get it working in the others.  This note explains where calendar connections work (and where they don't), and how you can set it up for your own projects and devices.

This page is where you create a new project. You're just meant to state the basic information about the project -- title, log line, description, a rough schedule, and a few other things. The details about the project will be specified in the other tabs available in this page.

The Documents section is a place to store documents about your project. You can store two kinds of documents here:

You can now connect your ProductionNext projects to Slack, the widely-used team collaboration tool.  If you do this, alerts can be sent from ProductionNext to a Slack channel reporting project events like:

ProductionNext Groups are collaboration spaces for the members of organizations with some real-world connection — geography, events, businesses, events, interests, whatever. They provide many of the things you'd expect of any group-related service, like threaded discussions, event announcements, and document storage and distribution.

ProductionNext isn't the right place to blog about your cats. (Probably.) But it is a great place to put up production notes, casting announcements, festival acceptances and attendances, and other project news. That's what this is for.

This is a place to keep track of all the locations described in your project's script. If you created your project by importing a Final Draft document, you should see all the locations from that document here. You can also create new project locations via the Add a location button on this page.

You can invite other ProductionNext members into your project, and give them several different levels of access to the project.

This page serves as home base for a project -- there will be one page like this for each of your projects. If you're just starting out with a project, there won't be much here. But this is most likely where you'll define the various aspects of a project and, as you do that, you'll see more and more things here. A good way to navigate around through these parts of a project is by clicking on the tabs that are probably largely hidden by this panel. You'll find them.

In this tab, we're gathering up all the different reports that exist in various points around the Project tool, and are putting them in one place where they're meant to be easy to find.

This page will give you, and any project member, easy access to the script for this project.  A dropdown menu lets you jump between scenes, and the entire script can be printed via a button at the top of the page.

This panel gives you access to your project's storyboards.  These storyboards, you'll recall, can be attached to the shots that make up your project's scenes; what's happening here is all of the storyboards in your project are gathered up into a slideshow:

The stripboard is one of the most important parts of ProductionNext: It allows you to schedule your scenes into shoots -- groups of scenes that will be shot at a particular location on some date and time.  It looks as much like a "real" stripboard (if those even exist anymore) as we're able to make it:

Project tasks can be given a deadline and a priority, and can be assigned to any project member. When you assign someone a task, they'll receive a message about the task, and it will appear on their personal list of tasks, and on their home page when the task's deadline is coming up.

Once you've created projects, this section of your company's page will contain short descriptions of those projects, for viewing by yourself and other members of the project. These are the same kinds of teasers that the public will see (if they're allowed to, that is), but they will also have information about the details and status of the project: number of scenes, shots, tasks, and the like.

The project assistant helps you find and deal with all the little details of a project that are often hard to find but are really important in making sure that your project runs smoothly. Shoot dates that you haven't scheduled, budget items whose expenses you haven't nailed down -- stuff like that.

This page shows the details about one of the people in your company's Directory or in your project's Cast and Crew. You can edit the details about this person here unless that person is yourself. In that case, you can change your personal information in your main Settings area.

It contains summaries of most of the important things that happen in ProductionNext. As a member, you can create your "production company" -- a place for your projects, links to the people you work with, and other things that are relevant to all your projects and you work with them. There's a summary of your company here, with teasers of your projects and their status. If you're a member of someone else's project, you'll see teasers for them, too.

Your company's Directory is like a Rolodex, which would be a better analogy if people still knew what Rolodexes were. It's really just a place where you can collect contact information on people that you have worked with, or might work with in the future. These people do not have to be ProductionNext members -- you create them by entering their name, email address, phone number (if you have it), and some other information about them.

This is a place to keep track of the equipment your company owns or can use in its projects. You can define your equipment in terms of categories and sub-categories, and then add your own tags -- any short words or phrases you choose -- to make the description more compete. You can also add pictures, manufacturer information, asset IDs, and other details about the items.

This is a place to keep track of all the locations and sets that you might want to shoot at. As with the Directory, these locations and sets are meant to cover any number of projects -- potentially, all the places you might ever shoot at.

Your company's profile page shows what your company will look like to other people, assuming that you've set up your company so that other people can see it. That part about other people is important -- for instance, if you've marked a project or journal post as private, it will not appear in this profile, even though you can see it elsewhere in ProductionNext.

Your company's Projects page contains teaser descriptions of all your current public projects, whether public, private, or members-only. These are the same kinds of teasers that the public will see (if they're allowed to, that is), but they will also have information about the details and status of the project: number of scenes, shots, tasks, and the like.

This is a place to keep track of the props your company owns or can use in its projects. You can define your props in terms of categories and sub-categories, and then add your own tags -- any short words or phrases you choose -- to make the description more compete. You can also add pictures, manufacturer information, asset IDs, and other details about the items.

This is a place to keep track of the set dressing your company owns or can use in its projects. You can define your set dressing in terms of categories and sub-categories, and then add your own tags -- any short words or phrases you choose -- to make the description more compete. You can also add pictures, manufacturer information, asset IDs, and other details about the items.

This is a place to keep track of the wardrobe your company owns or can use in its projects. You can define your wardrobe in terms of categories and sub-categories, and then add your own tags -- any short words or phrases you choose -- to make the description more compete. You can also add pictures, manufacturer information, asset IDs, and other details about the items.

Your personal calendar shows you the events coming up that are directly relevant to you.  You can see all the scenes and tasks for your own projects, and the scenes and tasks that you're involved with in other peoples' projects. You don't put things directly onto the calendar: rather, the calendar is collecting these other things from your projects' activities.

In ProductionNext, your production company is a place to keep things that will be useful across many of your projects. For instance, the Directory is a place to keep contact information for people that you may want to use in a project, and  the Locations tab contains records of locations and sets that you have shot at or might want to shoot at someday. Similarly, you can create entries for your company's Equipment, Props, and the like,  You'll be able to connect these people, locations, sets, and equipment to your projects, and have them flow through into scenes, call sheets, and other parts of your projects' plans.

Your project's profile page shows what that project will look like to other people, assuming that you've set up your project so that other people can see it. That part about other people is important -- for instance, if you've marked a video or journal post as private, it will not appear in this profile, even though you can see it elsewhere in ProductionNext.

Profile pages offer public views of ProductionNext members -- they highlight the members' activities and background, on and off ProductionNext.