A Guide to Using & Animating OVERLAYS


Hi, this is the script for a scene I’m writing, I want the waitress to be behind the counter, but when she walks in she always appears in front and I don’t know what to do? :slight_smile:

INT. BAKERY - DAY with COUNTER BAKERY to 1.000 0 0
@overlay COUNTER BAKERY moves to layer 2
@WAITRESS stands screen center in zone 2 AND WAITRESS moves to layer -1
@BETH changes into Comfortable Military Jacket
@BETH enters from left to screen center AND DAISY REYNOLDS enters from left to screen left AND BETH moves to layer 4 AND DAISY REYNOLDS moves to layer 4
@BETH faces left

    BETH (talk_smile_happy_loop)
Thanks for this Daisy, you've been a great help.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_agree_happy)
Oh its not problem, especially because you've been such a great help with our girls.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_armscrossed_neutral_loop)
You know, I got a text this morning from Bernadette Davies' mom and she said that you've certainly helped to increase Bernadette's confidence.

    BETH (talk_neutral)
Well she's a good kid, she just needs to believe in herself a bit more.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_handsonhips_neutral)
Well its thanks to you that she's come this far already.

    BETH (talk_awkward_loop)
I haven't done much

    BETH (talk_shrug_neutral)
I just taught her to dance

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_reassure_neutral)
Hey, don't downplay your part

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_neutral)
You're a great dancer and the funds you've helped to raise in memory of your brother are astonishing, what are you up to now?

@BETH is think_rubchin
@pause for a beat

    BETH (talk_smile_happy_loop)
We're almost at 1 million.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_excited_happy)
See, that's great, you should be proud of that.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_shrug_neutral)
How are the preparations for the show coming on?

    BETH (talk_gossip)
Great, the girls are doing so well

    BETH (talk_armscrossed_neutral_loop)
It's in August and we're doing a couple of little performances here and there to help us pay for venue and costumes and stuff.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_agree_happy)
Well I hope it goes well

@WAITRESS walks to screen right in zone 1 in 3 AND WAITRESS moves to layer 0

    WAITRESS (talk_smile_happy_loop)
Good morning, what can I get you today?

@BETH faces right

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_neutral)
I'll have a Skinny Latte and a Blueberry Muffin please.

    DAISY REYNOLDS (talk_armscrossed_neutral_loop)
What do you want Beth?

label coffee_choice

    BETH (think_rubchin)
(Hmm .........)

“Flat White and a Croissant” {

    BETH (talk_neutral)
I'll have a Flat White and a Croissant please.


} “Cappuccino and a Cinnamon Swirl” {

    BETH (talk_smile_happy_loop)
I'll have a Cappuccino and a Cinnamon Swirl please.


} “English Breakfast Tea and a Chocolate Muffin” {

    BETH (talk_neutral)
I'll have an English Breakfast Tea and a Chocolate Muffin please.


    WAITRESS (talk_armscrossed_neutral_loop)
Are you sure miss?

“Yes” {

    BETH (talk_agree_happy)
Yes, I am thank you.

goto finished

} “No” {

    BETH (talk_neutral_unsure)
No, let me have another think.

goto coffee_choice

label finished


    WAITRESS (talk_smile_happy_loop)
So that's 1 Skinny Latte, 1 Blueberry Muffin, 1 Flat White and 1 Croissant.


    WAITRESS (talk_smile_happy_loop)
So that's 1 Skinny Latte, 1 Blueberry Muffin, 1 Cappuccino and 1 Cinnamon Swirl

}else {

    WAITRESS (talk_smile_happy_loop)
So that's 1 Skinny Latte, 1 Blueberry Muffin, 1 English Breakfast Tea and 1 Chocolate Muffin


    WAITRESS (talk_agree_happy)
Great, please go take a seat and I'll bring those right over.

@WAITRESS exits right
@BETH exits right AND DAISY REYNOLDS exits right


use spot directing for waitress, for some reason characters don’t want to stay behind the overlays when you using default positions


Oh ok, thanks :blush: xx



@cut to zone 2

@overlay CAR ANGLE SILVER create

@overlay CAR ANGLE SILVER shifts to 55 155

@overlay CAR ANGLE SILVER scales to 0.155 0.155

It’s way too big. HELP!!!


How to copy another OVERLAY:

@overlay BLACK PERSIAN FLOOF CAT 5000587_1 create from BLACK PERSIAN FLOOF CAT 5000587


That’s already in Dara’s guide :slight_smile:


Oops. Sorry. XD


Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me, every time I add an overlay the characters in that zone disappear. What am I doing wrong? :frowning_face:


What’s the code? And what kinda overlay are you using?


&overlay FILMCAMERA shifts to 5 352 in zone 2
&overlay FILMCAMERA scales to 0.269 0.269 in zone 2
&CAMERAMAN1 spot 1.116 165 93 in zone 2 AND CAMERAMAN1 faces right AND CAMERAMAN1 moves to layer 4 AND CAMERAMAN1 is talk_armsraised_neutral
&CAMERAMAN2 spot 0.738 90 286 in zone 2 AND CAMERAMAN2 faces left AND CAMERAMAN2 moves to layer 3 AND CAMERAMAN2 is talk_armsraised_neutral
@overlay FILMCAMERARIGHT shifts to 156 331 in zone 2 in 0
@overlay FILMCAMERARIGHT scales to 0.317 0.317 in 0
@overlay FILMCAMERARIGHT opacity 1 in 0

This is the code.
The overlays are also added in the background title part.
Both the overlays are on the screen and in the place needed but ever since adding FILMCAMERARIGHT the characters have all disappeared that were in that zone.


Is it possible that the overlay covered them?


I found out what was wrong, apparently if I just update my story they disappear but if I come out of the story then go back in then they are there. Guess this must just be a bug? Not sure but they are there when I either restart story or come out, just not when I update. I’ve been stressing for days over it and now feel really pathetic. Thank you so much for your help though :slight_smile:


Is there a way to rotate overlays but keep them in the same place?


I would like the overlay to rotate throughout the whole scene but as soon as it gets to the next line it stops:


I don’t know why but I can’t make it loop. :frowning:


I would suggest rotating it from the center point (there are 3 points of the overlay that can be used as the rotation point)


Thanks I’ve tried this but it still seems to move to a different position :thinking:


just make the same overlay just facing the different way

(I can do this for you if you need it)


I’m having trouble with this one overlay. It’s supposed to be a photo and I want it to act like it tilts, it rotates the right amount, but to get to the place its all wonky. People tried helping me with anchor points but it still isnt working


Hey, is there any possible way of making a car move to one zone to another to make it look like the car is driving? I need it to look like the car is pulling up to the house

The background i’m using is EXT. DUTCH COLONIAL HOME WINTER - DAY
and the overlay i’m using is CAR ANGLE SILVER