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

Calling All Screenwriters: Help Us Help You!

Calling All Screenwriters: Help Us Help You!
Hey screenwriters, beginners to experts! We want to know more about you. How can we provide better content and better support where and when you need it? Help us make the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform and Community the best it can be by filling out the survey below. Your individual answers will be kept private, and your name will be anonymous. Thanks in advance for being part of our mission to revolutionize screenwriting! Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great
Somewhere between selling 6,000 comic books a month as a high school student, and producing the mega-hit The Walking Dead, David Alpert has learned a thing or two about “Taking the Weird and Making it Great.” And he shared those lessons at a tell-all evening of the same title during a recent visit to San Luis Obispo County. The event was the first in a series of Creative Chats at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. While best known for The Walking Dead franchise, Alpert also found success produ… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

It's Music to Our Ears: Grant Whiting Joins SoCreate

It's Music to Our Ears: Grant Whiting Joins SoCreate
Dad. Musician. Longboarder. Husband. And now Grant Whiting can add SoCreate UX Developer to his list of titles! We’re thrilled to welcome Grant to the team. And we hear he’s pretty thrilled to be here, too. “There is a lot of industry knowledge on this team,” Grant said. “While I’m excited to contribute to it, I think I’m going to learn a ton.” Grant started on the path to software engineering about five years ago, as part of the web development program at Laurus College. Early on, he skinne… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Shoutout to the Sunday Script Club

SoCreate Shoutout to the Sunday Script Club
The first bullet on SoCreate’s list of values is “always put the writer first.” We do our best every day to support writers, encourage you, help you, and celebrate you. And, when we come across a writer who’s doing the same for other writers, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops! This month, I discovered Sharmini M’s “Sunday Script Club,” and I just had to share. Not only is her material educational and collaborative, but it’s also a visual way to delve into scriptwriting that I’ve yet… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Launches ‘Lunch Meet’ Team-Led Learning Series

SoCreate Launches ‘Lunch Meet’ Team-Led Learning Series
Remember, there’s always another way. It’s the last bullet on our list of SoCreate company values, but certainly not least. The SoCreate team is made up of lifelong learners, and we constantly strive to find new, better ways of doing things. We’re baking that value into our newest office initiative: Lunch Meet. Lunch Meet is a monthly series where we meet for lunch (but not necessarily lunch meat 😊) to show and tell what we’ve recently learned in hopes that it provides value to the rest of th… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019
Movies Matter! For 25 years, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has been singing that tune, and 2019 will be no different. For the fest’s silver celebration, organizers are bringing in films that address politics, environment, women’s rights, and more. “We aren’t saving the world,” said Executive Director Wendy Lewis, “but we are definitely impacting the way audiences see the world.” And that sentiment is what keeps SoCreate going back year after year, as both sponsor and guest of S… Read this article »
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