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Ben Yennie: What Is The Best Film Scheduling Software?

While we’re proud of the scheduling and stripboard features, we know there are others in the game.  So, we thought we’d acknowledge what our competitors do well, point out their flaws, and show how we compare in price.  

Movie Magic

Movie magic is the industry standard, and if we’re honest that’s for a reason.  Despite the fact that they’re losing traction with younger filmmakers primarily due to their cumbersome UX, they’re still the biggest game in town by a mile.  Among other things, it is incredibly comprehensive software.  

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-Industry Standard

-Incredibly deep software

-Lots of studio templates included

-Unlimited schedules can be created with license.

-Widely used across industry

-Cumbersome UX

-No Built in breakdown capabilities

-Difficult to learn

-Not at all collaborative.

-Expensive

-Requires connection to the internet despite not being on the cloud at all.

495 for budgeting, or 795 for budgeting & scheduling - One time.

Gorilla

As many of you know, Gorilla is kind of like a light version of Movie Magic. It has budgeting, screenwriting, and scheduling softwares.  It’s got a much smaller market share, but it’s starting to explore the cloud more than its main competitor of Movie Magic.  However, it has a little bit of a negative connotation in the industry since it’s viewed as a cheap version of 

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-Deep software

-Lots of studio templates included

-Exploring cloud collaboration

-Most affordable of desktop options

-seen as the “budget” version of movie magic.

-moderately Cumbersome UX

-Difficult to learn

-Less traction than Movie Magic

 

 

249 for Budgeting, or 429 for Scheduling - One time.

Scenecronize

Scenecronize was the first system to read in scripts to ease breakdown times.  Many others do it now, (including us) It’s since been acquired by Entertainment partners of movie magic.  I haven’t used it too extensively myself.  However, it does have it’s drawbacks.  Check out the table below for more.  

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-Reads in script in seconds

-adequate scheduling tools. 

-Some collaborative features.  

-DOES NOT HAVE A BUDGET SYSTEM AT ALL. (does integrate with Movie Magic)

-moderately Cumbersome UX

-Shockingly expensive as a subscription. 

849/year one person

Studio Binder

Studio Binder is what most people think of when they think about cloud based project management software.  The biggest issue is their pricing model and how expensive they are.  Their price point makes them largely inaccessible for Indie Filmmakers.  Also, their pricing structure is strange, and antithetical to the indie film production process.  

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-collaborative and cloud based

-Full toolset, although not as deep as I’d like

-Decent UX

-Scheduling not industry standard.

-Privacy concerns with what’s public and what’s not.

-doesn’t take advantage of connections as well as it could.  

-essentially a contained silo on the internet.

29.99/user/month

Yamdu

If I’m completely honest, I think that Yamdu is our closest competitor in terms of functionality and design philosophy.  However, I think that we have an edge on them in a couple of ways that I can’t get into here.  

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-collaborative and cloud based

-Full toolset, relatively deep.

-Reasonably affordable

-Development plans exist

-Freemium plan is lacking.

-Questionable marketing decisions in the past

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Celtx

Celtx is a software that started as a free screenwriter and expanded to production software including budgeting.  They’re considered the leader for cloud int terms of users, but in our opinion they’re much better at the creative side than the production side.   They’re also not as collaborative as they should be.  

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-collaborative and cloud based

-Full toolset, although not as deep as I’d like

-Decent UX

-Scheduling not industry standard.

-Privacy concerns with what’s public and what’s not.

-doesn’t take advantage of connections as well as it could.  

-essentially a contained silo on the internet.

29.99/user/month

ProductionNext

Well, we’re pretty clearly biased, but we think we have the best project management system on the internet.  That has less to do with the budget individually, and more to do with the fact that every tool talks to all the others, and every time someone makes a change, the changes ripples through to every connected part of the project, and updates the master system so everyone always has the most up to date information.

Here are the pros and cons specifically regarding the budgeting system on ProductionNext. 

Pros

Cons

Price Point

-Very affordable

-Reads in script in seconds to create scenes

-completely integrates with other tools in the suite like budget and breakdown.

-Well defined and thought out permission controls

-Backed up as much as 5x an hour automatically.  

-Integrates with financing tools

-Not as deep as it will be

-Few templates, but that will change.

-Not presently available offline.

 

Free for basic projections & financing tools

 

9.95/month for full featured.  

Thanks so much for reading!  If you want to see our strip boarding tool for yourself, then click the link below.  It’s free to try the basics, and you get a 7 day trial of the full features to figure out if you like it or not.  

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