Changing Scenes is Impossible!


#1

Why do I feel like plenty of other people have already asked about this…

So I’m trying to write my first story, and I was all excited until I reached a part where, after a short intro in the black background, I can’t figure out how to move into the next scene/background smoothly, like with a transition. I’m trying to get it to fade in but no matter what I do it won’t accept it.

So here’s what my scripting for the transition currently looks like:
transition fade in black
INT. ITALIAN RESTAURANT OL - NIGHT
@ROXANNA changes into ROXANNA_outing

And here’s the error response I keep getting:
Expected dialog, found “transitionfadeinblack” instead. Did you forget to capitalize the first word in the sentence?

I do have the transition command right after some narrator dialog, but I tried spacing it out and I get the same thing. What do I have to do to make a clean, smooth change of scenes?!


#2

SCENE 1
@transition fade out black 2

SCENE2
&CHARACTER stands screen center
@transition fade in black 2


#3

Put the fade in after your location.

Ex.

INT.ITALIAN RESTAURANT OL - NIGHT
@transition fade in back

Also you need to remember to use @ before


#4

Oh, of course. How did I overlook that? Thank you guys. Seems to be fixed now.


#5

So I guess since I don’t want to fill up too much space with pointless questions in new threads, I guess I’ll post all my questions here. Another problem I’ve come across is having a person talk from offscreen. Like, if person one asks to enter a room, they would do so from offscreen, then after getting the second person’s approval they would enter the room. I tried it, and it just resulted Person One standing at the far left until her cue to move to upscreen left. Is there any other way to do this?


#6

You have to place your character offscreen first. So if you’re in zone 2, place your character in zone 1 if you want them to enter from the left, or in zone 3 if you want them to enter from the right. If you’re in zone 1 and you want them to enter from the left, you have to spot place your character to the left using spot direction. Use this: @CHARACTER spot 1.28 -100 0 in zone 1


#7

Closing due to inactivity :slight_smile:


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