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  • Dara's HELP THREAD for Directing & Coding

    Hello all! Yes I check the forums every day, BUT that doesn't mean I'm on here ALL day. If you have an emergency error or would like me to help you immediately, you can follow me on Instagram and send me a message there! I get notified right away through my phone. My instagram name is @dara.amarie.ep






    Character Creation Script Templates - Click Here!
    A Guide to Over the Shoulder Shots - Click Here!
    Create Your Own Outfit Game Template - Click Here!
    How to Let Readers Type in Their Name - Click Here!
    Last edited by Dara Amarie; 09-05-2017, 09:36 AM.

  • #2
    Thanks for doing this, it's really lovely of you!

    I have a quick question - what's a redo? I haven't needed to use it yet, but just in case

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    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Redo is what you use when you want to go back to a label. It's kind of like goto. But instead of going to a label, it goes back to a label. It's used a lot in changing games.

    • sinerdly
      sinerdly commented
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      Ah, I see. Does it mean gotos won't work if the label comes before it?

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      sinerdly gotos will still work no matter what. You can even replace redo with goto and it would work.

  • #3
    hi can you send me position commands and how to apply layout and how to change size of character
    Please help

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    • Mathili
      Mathili commented
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      Thank you so much and i wanted to know how to apply layout and how can i move my camera to right side of room its only showing left side

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Mathili you use pan to zones 1, 2, or 3 (sometimes 4 or 5 depending on the background)

      @pan to zone 2

    • Mathili
      Mathili commented
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      Thank you so much

  • #4
    Thats very kind of you. can you help me with coding : how to make your character wear the same clothes that the readers had choosen in previous episode?

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    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      There are two ways to remember previous choices. Naming your choices or using gains.

      1. Naming choices:

      Here's an example of that:

      NARRATOR
      What do you want to wear?

      choice (dressing_game) <----------- in parentheses is how you name that specific choice
      "Option 1" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      } "Option 2" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option2
      } "Option 3" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option3
      }

      So to remember what you wore for a later episode, use the if/elif code

      if (dressing_game is "Option 1") { <----------( choicename is "the choice")
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      } elif (dressing_game is "Option 2" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option2
      } elif (dressing_game is "Option 3" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option3



      2. Using gains!
      After each choice, use a gain so they can that outfit or choice

      EXAMPLE:

      NARRATOR
      What do you want to wear?

      choice
      "Option 1" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      gain option_1 <----------- you can name/label your own gains

      } "Option 2" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option2
      gain option_2

      } "Option 3" {
      @CHARACTER changes into option3
      gain option_3
      }

      Then to remember that choice/outfit, use the same if/elif code

      if (option_1) { <--------------- the gain name/label in parentheses
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      } elif (option_2) {
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      } elif (option_3) {
      @CHARACTER changes into option1
      }

      HOPE THIS HELPS!!!

    • CoveredEyes
      CoveredEyes commented
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      Hello Dara, when using one of the remembering the choices method, can you use it in the same episode or does that if/elif/else have to be on a different episode?

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      CoveredEyes You can use both ways in the same episode, but you can only use method 2 (gains) for remember choices in different episodes

  • #5
    Its really helps! Thank You, and how about the coding to make the character exits but still on the same spot . I understand about the spot and spot Helper but everytime my character exits, its always back to the actual size

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    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Anytime you use exit, the character goes back to the default size.

      So let's say your character is spot 0.900 160 100 in zone 1. To have them exit with the same size, have them walk to a spot using the same spot placement, just change the x coordinate (leave scale and y coordinate the same) to a negative number less than -30 if they're exiting left. If they're exiting right, change the x coordinate to anything over 340.

      @CHARACTER spot 0.900 160 100 in zone 1
      @CHARACTER walks to spot 0.900 -80 100 in 2 (to exit left)
      or
      @CHARACTER walks to spot 0.900 360 100 in 2 (to exit right)

    • Erisnamaya
      Erisnamaya commented
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      Thank You so much for your helps. I Will subscribe and ask more question ini the future 😀

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Erisnamaya you are very welcome! I'm glad to help anytime

  • #6
    For Script Templates Could I Just Paste Them Into Google Docs And Change The Labels And Gotos With Different Numbers? And What Should I Do For Labels And Gotos That Don't Have Numbers That Turn Into Duplicates?

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    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      You can change the labels to anything you want, but yes you can just change the numbers if you'd like.
      And just add numbers to the duplicate ones to make it easier.

    • Eleanor2468
      Eleanor2468 commented
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      And For The Second Pages Stuff, I Would Have To Put Another Number?

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Eleanor2468 yea that or create another label

  • #7
    Do you have any idea how to put a dog or cat into the Story ?

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    • Erisnamaya
      Erisnamaya commented
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      I have been reading the Story with cat on it but unfortunately I forgot the tittle and the writer's name

    • Scheherazade~
      Scheherazade~ commented
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      Death's game? I think there was a bat but then again, I think they used the suggested idea I commented.

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Scheherazade~ No worries It says at the top that anyone is welcome to help

  • #8
    I need help because there's an error and I don't know how to fix it ...

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    So there's a McDonalds in 3 blocks and we have a Ihop and a hot dog store right next door .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    I don't know ... Let me think .

    choice
    "McDonalds"{

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    So ?

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    McDonalds ... I guess .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well let's go then ...

    Denise exits right

    Nikki exits right

    INT. DUTCH CAFE OL - NIGHT

    @THOMAS GERRARD stands screen right

    Denise enters from left to screen left

    Nikki enters from left to upscreen left

    Denise walks to screen center

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    So what will you have ... ?

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Chicken nuggets , fries and a coke .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Yeah I guess I'll have that too .

    NARRATOR
    LATER ...

    DENISE (eat_pizza)
    Soo ... good ...

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    How can you eat this slowly ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    What do you want ? I savor my food unlike some people who eat like pigs .

    Nikki is eyeroll

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well anyways I wanted to tell you something .

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    What is it ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    I talked to Jay yesterday and ...

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    And what ? What did he say ? Does he like me back ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well he asked me what my old roommie Rosie likes .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral_deny)
    You didn't tell him what she really likes ... Right ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well I told him I didn't know ...

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Oh thanks god .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    But that doesn't mean he'll stop trying to impress her .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Yeah , whatever .... He's not even that hot .

    NIKKI (talk_greet)
    Gots to go , bye Denise .

    DENISE (talk_greet)
    Bye Nikki .

    Nikki exits left

    @pause for a beat

    Denise exits left

    }

    "Ihop"{

    INT. AMERICAN FAMILY RESTAURANT OL - DAY

    @THOMAS GERRARD stands screen center and THOMAS GERRARD faces right

    Denise enters from left to screen left

    Nikki enters from left to up screen left

    NIKKI (talk_flirt)
    Hmmmp ... It smells so good in here ...

    DENISE (talk_flirt)
    I know right ....

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    So what will you have ?

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    I kind of feel like having original buttermilk ones.

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    And I'll have chocolate chocolate chip pancakes ... I always get those .

    NARRATOR
    LATER ...

    Nikki faces left

    NIKKI (talk_exhausted)
    I'm so full I'm literally sweating .

    DENISE (talk_exhausted)
    Yeah ... Me too .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    God I'm gonna get fat .

    Denise is laugh_chuckle .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    What are you giggling about? You're not safe either ... We both gon be fatties .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Yeah about that ... prepare to get fat ....
    ...
    I have bad news.

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    What is it ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    I talked to Jay yesterday and ...

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    And what ? What did he say ? Does he like me back ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well he asked me what my old roommie Rosie likes .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral_deny)
    You didn't tell him what she really likes ... Right ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well I told him I didn't know ...

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Oh thanks god .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    But that doesn't mean he'll stop trying to impress her .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Yeah , whatever .... He's not even that hot .

    NIKKI (talk_greet)
    Gots to go , bye Denise .

    DENISE (talk_greet)
    Bye Nikki .

    Nikki exits left

    @pause for a beat

    Denise exits left

    }

    "HOT DOGS"{

    INT. DINING ROOM RESIDENTIAL - NIGHT

    Denise stands screen center and DENISE is eat_pizza

    Nikki stand screen right and NIKKI faces right and NIKKI is eat_pizza

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    All done ...
    You know this was a good idea ...
    It's super tasty and you can bring it home .
    We only walked like 2 meters .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    I gotta tell you something ... It's eating me alive .

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    What is it ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    I talked to Jay yesterday and ...

    NIKKI (talk_doubtful)
    And what ? What did he say ? Does he like me back ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well he asked me what my old roommie Rosie likes .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral_deny)
    You didn't tell him what she really likes ... Right ?

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    Well I told him I didn't know ...

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Oh thanks god .

    DENISE (talk_neutral)
    But that doesn't mean he'll stop trying to impress her .

    NIKKI (talk_neutral)
    Yeah , whatever .... He's not even that hot .

    NIKKI (talk_greet)
    Gots to go , bye Denise .

    DENISE (talk_greet)
    Bye Nikki .

    Nikki exits right

    }

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    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
      Editing a comment
      MADEpisodeCretor That's very strange... In the app, there's a "create" section and you stories are on there. When you're viewing your story, there should be a bunch of tabs on the side that say "Update script", "Directing Helper", and "Navigation" and a bunch of other stuff too. I have no idea how you're getting the thing that's telling you you can't replay your story...

    • Alex_carr
      Alex_carr commented
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      I know what the mistake is. Every time you do a command ALL of the letters in the persons name needs to be capitalized like Mike or Susan. Right now the code is Mike or Susan. Hope this helps

    • Dara Amarie
      Dara Amarie commented
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      Alex_carr This problem has already been resolved, but thank you anyways. And just to let you know that when you type @NAME on the forum, there are people here in the forums with that user name so it tags them. That's why it appears as Mike instead of MIKE in all caps.

  • #9
    What error do you get, I mean what does it say ?

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    • #10
      Hi, I need some help with spot directing...
      I'm doing a hospital scene and I want EXTRAS walking in the background since hospitals are busy. I've tried writing the spot myself but it didn't turn out how I wantedI need the MC to talk whilst other people are walking. Is there a way to help me Xx.

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      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        Maybe you can have 2 extras talking in the background and have another extra writing on a notepad, and then just one more extra that walks across the screen in the back. Having too many characters walking in the background is kind of distracting and it's just too much work.
        So to have someone walk in the background:

        If you don't already know spot direction, it looks like this
        @CHARACTER spot % x y in zone # at layer #

        Then to make them walk to a spot, it looks like this
        @CHARACTER walks to % x y in #ofseconds

        Let's say they are at this spot. The x which is -100 means they're off screen to the left (any number lower than -30 will work, but I always just use -100)
        Extra spot 0.700 -100 200 in zone 1 at layer -2

        to have them walk while MC is talking use &.
        Keep the % and y the same, just change the x
        To have them walk off screen to the right use any number higher than 360

        &EXTRA walks to spot 0.700 420 200 in 6

        MC (talk_neutral)
        Blah blah blah

        Using &, the character will continue to do whatever they are doing while other characters are talking or doing something else.

        Hope this helps!

    • #11
      Hi Dara.

      I really appreciate you helping us.

      The problem that I have is I need to know how to make the reader pick their own name then I can continue with my story.

      Please comment, so I can paste this in my script.

      I would like this error-free so I can easily get on with my story.

      Thanks so much!

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      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        label name_input

        input What's Your Name?|What's Your Name?|Done(NAME)

        if (NAME is "") {

        NARRATOR
        You do need a name...

        goto name_input

        } else {
        continue
        }

      • sinerdly
        sinerdly commented
        Editing a comment
        And when you need to refer to the name in the story, do it like this:

        CHAR
        Hello, [NAME]!

        The player will see the [NAME] replaced by what they typed in earlier. Hope this helps

    • #12
      Dara, this might be a challenging question to answer, but how does one apply an inputted name to a Display Name within the portal?
      EX: In Mean Girls, the reader is asked to input the MC's name. Later on, this name appears on top of the MC's speech bubbles. (aka Display Name)

      Are there specific loopholes to get this to work? Or is there some sort of snippet that I don't know about? Could you please help me with this, I would find it useful in upcoming stories.

      Thank you,
      - L375
      Last edited by L375; 05-06-2017, 08:16 PM.

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      • whistlerwhite
        whistlerwhite commented
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        So what you do is you change the display name of your character (when customising the character) to the same as what you have used as the name input (the template for the readers to choose their own name is: label firstname
        input What's Your First Name?|What's Your First Name?|Done(YOU)
        -so what you do is in this example... you would name your character as YOU... so that when the character talks... the name they have chosen will appear in above their dialogue...)
        Hopefully this isn't too confusing??

    • #13
      I am having some issues with some simple transitions/fading..this is my script where it doesn't look right. @transition fade in black 3

      EXT. STUDENT ACTIVITIES FAIR - DAY
      @transition fade in black 3
      @DAVY spot .820 294 178 and SHELLI spot .870 224 144 and SHELLI is rear
      @YOU enters from left to spot .915 105 126 and ERIN enters from left to spot .895 30 137
      @YOU faces left
      YOU (talk_gesture)
      Wow, a lot of people actually showed up!

      ERIN (talk_excited)
      I know right, I'm surprised!

      When I try to fade in, the characters just randomly pop up which obviously doesn't look normal. How do I make them appear before the fading? I tried putting the spots before the fading transition and they were there, but the fade just randomly happened after that. This might've been a bit confusing but I just want to know how to make it flow nicely!

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      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        Use the ampersand sign (&).
        & is used instead of @ to have directing demands happen while something else happens. Instead of doing @YOU starts talk_neutral, you can use &YOU is talk_neutral

        Anytime you want your character to be in a scene before you cut or transition into it, use & and put it before you @cut or @transition.

        EXT. STUDENT ACTIVITIES FAIR - DAY
        &DAVY spot .820 294 178 and SHELLI spot .870 224 144 and SHELLI is rear
        @transition fade in black 3
        Last edited by Dara Amarie; 05-06-2017, 10:49 PM.

      • brook.grace25
        brook.grace25 commented
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        Thank you so much!!

    • #14
      L375

      So this is the code for reference:

      input What is your name?|What is your name?|Done(NAME)

      Since NAME is in the parentheses, put that in the display name in the character settings in the portal.
      Last edited by Dara Amarie; 06-02-2017, 02:46 PM.

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    • #15
      Originally posted by Dara Amarie View Post

      Need help with directing? I'm your goto gal!
      I need help with this background INT. MUSIC AGENT OFFICE DESK OL - DAY the problem is that i can't make my character be in front of the desk, but they are always behind, please help me how i can make my character be in front of the desk (so it looks like i am sitting and talking to example my boss)

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      • Willowqreek
        Willowqreek commented
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        Thank you, so now the boss stands behind the desk and me in front, but she won't get in the chair... please help me how to do that and sorry for bothering you 😅

      • Dara Amarie
        Dara Amarie commented
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        Willowqreek Have her do the behavior sit

      • Willowqreek
        Willowqreek commented
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        Dara Amarie then it will look pretty messy, cause the chair is a way that the character can't really sit on (can't do the behavior)
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