Cookie's Uncensored Reviews 🔒

Sure. Whats Epys btw? :smiley: Do u have some sort of deadline?

1 Like

Yes! It’s the Epys Awards I have until July 20th to finish up my story! It’s actually my first time entering so I don’t know much about it but it’s a contest for Episode Authors to compete in :blush:

1 Like

Ok. So I guess there’s no a big deadline :smiley:

1 Like

No just whenever you have the time! I would really appreciate your feedback :blush::sparkling_heart:

1 Like

Hello again.

I actually didn’t know I could use the & in the middle of a scene - only thought I was possible in the beginning. But when I try this with the narrator, the characters are acting really weird. Like they are frozen or something like that and I don’t really understand it.

1 Like

@Cortney - Chasing After Danger


1st Episode

  • Not sure how I feel about ur “First 3 episodes are short”. If u think it’s a bad thing like they are too short, then why not make them longer?
  • Update your customization template. It’s kinda outdated. No new face shapes, lips, noses, hair…
  • Outfit names like “Outfit 1” ->
  • After Grace walks out of her room, goes transition, and then her bedroom appears once more. Donnow exactly why, but check the script.
  • First convo between Grace and her mom. You didn’t put animation before every dialogue line. It’s a must unless u use looped animations. Later I saw more spots where you did the same.
  • You have a lot of narration. I don’t mind unless the characters on the screen are doing something, not just standing still, like in this case. U can put some looped animations for example.
  • You need a proofreader as well. Grammar mistakes, lack of punctuation…
  • MC’s friend, at the end of the shopping scene, is making on camera animation.
  • The story actually looks like it’s supposed to be Wattpad thing. Narration all the way, all the details. I’m one of those, who think that this approach doesn’t really work for Episode stories. Narration stops all the action on screen, and it makes all directing slow, and not so smooth.
  • I wouldn’t say that the first episode was short. Length is quite decent.

2nd Episode

  • I don’t get why you put that demon piece at the beginning of the 2nd chapter as well…
  • Ummm… MC goes to change, then I see her laying in the floor near the bed, then sitting on the bed… Huh?
  • While Grace talks, her friend is on looped talking animation. You have to turn them off before letting other characters speak.
  • I see that you don’t know about the possibility to use & commands instead of @. Check the information below, that briefly explains it.

Character spots
When you simply put spot commands like @CHARACTER spot xx xx xxx you put @.
Animations:
If you want the character to perform animation before anything else happens you put it like @CHARACTER is animation
If you want the character to start performing animation, while something else coded in the next line continues you either do it like @CHARACTER starts animation or &CHARACTER is animation
Walking to spot
If you want your character to walk before anything else happens you do the regular @CHARACTER walks to spot xx xx xx in T
If you want the character to keep walking/moving, while something else coded in the next line continues you do it like &CHARACTER walks to spot xx xx xx in T

  • In the 2nd episode speechbubble is still positioned the same as in the 1st chapter, so most of the time is kinda wrong.
  • When teacher scolds girls for talking in class after you move back to them, Jenna appears only after MC does her animation. This probably happens because you did this:

@GRACE stands screen right and GRACE is animation
@JENNA stands screen left and JENNA is animation

While it should better be:

@GRACE stands screen right and GRACE is animation and JENNA stands screen left and JENNA is animation

You can out as many characters doing animation simultaneously as you want.

  • When Taylor walks towards girls in the school hallway, you probably didn’t put the time in his walking to spot command.
  • I finished the 2nd episode. You should really remove that thing at the beginning about episodes being short. First of all, because it turns off readers, and secondly because episodes aren’t short at all.

Overall.
So directing is not bad for the first story. But still, it could be way better. I commented on your mistakes, and Forums contains a lot of threads that will help you solve all of them. I also suggest you take a look into my Help Thread. There you will find information on do and don’t things about directing, as well as a lot of information on story plot building, free backgrounds/overlays and useful links. But the least you can do is check 1st and 2nd parts of Tips and Tricks there, as both of them are about directing.
I don’t really like that kind of approach when you tell all the information on characters, instead of showing it. This is the easiest way, but certainly not the best.

I think you can rework your story, since you have only 3 episodes, and not so many reads.
It is positioned as a fantasy, and I was actually excited about the description because it seems to be interesting. But everything that is mostly going on is school, and the whole demon thing only briefly appears. Rethink your narrations, and overall take some time to build a plot on paper before writing. I would also work on dialogues. First two episodes are mostly school, so conversation topics aren’t most exciting. I’m also not sure about Grace personality. Seems kinda undeveloped, meaning that I find some of her decisions and words kinda contradicting.
One more thing is the title. It kinda gives Action story vibe. Maybe it’s worth to think about a more fantasy-ish type of title?
And when or if you will rework directing, find spelling proofreader.

2 Likes

Title - The Wedding Buddies
Author - Lilly R
Description - You’ve been in love with your wedding buddy Oliver all your life. What happens when you’re invited to HIS wedding?
-Cover is currently being commissioned.
-Link http://episodeinteractive.com/s/5843278294286336
Main concern- just looking for some harsh criticism!

2 Likes

@Stargazer54 - Cinderella’s Tale: Twisted Endings


1st Episode

  • Defaq, where’s cover :smiley: Oh, is it cuz discontinued?
  • Punctuation. I mean the lack of it.
  • When MC is with her father in the garden in the introduction scene, she’s still on the book reading animation. You do know that you can place characters in other zone and put &CHAR is animation command before panning to the right zone?
  • I don’t mind this kind of narrator in the story, because it is sorta fairytale. But still, it doesn’t mean that you should do this narration in front of some unrelated background. Maybe find the background that shows the city? Or palace… I donnow. Something related to the plot/narration subject.
  • Your story could use an intro, after that narration introduction.
  • Um. After you presented the story, MC is once again in the library. U pan to the zone 2, apparently to show her father coming in. Well, I don’t seem him. I see him only when he comes closer, and like only half of him.
Screenshot

  • Nooooow. He stands with his back to her. Also, when he walks closer to her, first of all, you should use rear walking animation, and second, u didn’t put the time in the walks to spot command.
  • Now, when you talk about the father or MC in the introduction part. This is what I was writing about. You say, but don’t tell. It’s okay for a fairytale to tell about some events or specifics, but not giving full character characteristics list. Build your story to show, what characters are all about,
  • Why is she laughing at the altar lol? If it is MC’s own future projection, maybe u could try some kind of dramatic filter? Like B&W?
  • Um. You have a certain amount of sentences that are weirdly split for dialogue lines. Like:
    1 dialogue line - You can’t me force
    2 dialogue line - To mary him. It’s wrong.
  • You need to find a proofreader. Lots of lots of mistakes.
  • Using non-talking animation for dialogue lines. Duuuude.
  • When MC walks in the city with her maid, the maid is kinda… floating for a couple of secs, before starts walking.
  • Hehe, lazy ass. You put both of them on walking-talking animation. Nope. When one finished you put @CHARACTER1 starts walk-not-talk animation and make other one speaking.
  • In the shop. MC stands screen left, then right before choices, she teleports to screen center.
  • Hehe, I already can see that that step-mother will be a bitch.
  • Seriously, what is it with these weirdly split sentences? Either u were high, or split them totally random.
  • That scene in the theatre is really awkward. U put them on animation, then there is one long ass pause, then you put MC and Martha on similar animations and do it again. I donnow if you got figured the difference between is animation and starts animation and @ and & now, but if not, you have to. If you don’t use all of these commands, your directing will never be smooth.
  • The ending wasn’t satisfying, to be honest. Like the whole episode. Not sure if it because of grammar problems, or directing, but it wasn’t exciting.

2nd Episode

  • I think you don’t put animation before every dialogue line as well.
  • While Sancy and MC are talking, MC’s father is standing with the weird pose. Same as frozen face thing, I was mentioning in one of my posts on Tips&Tricks thread.
  • Um… I choose to argue with Sandy, and she started to call my own father? And I got scared. I feel a lack of logic in her behavior. Like if her father would beat MC in his spare time, then yep. But with given characters…
  • U know at this point I’m not sure in what kind of universe is in this story. I thought since it’s a fairytale, it would be kind if medieval times, but now it looks kinda modern… You mention in the description something about the palace, Queen… But it is seriously confusing.
  • When Sandy leaves the room (in the fancy room with the fireplace scene), she is layered behind MC and other characters. That happens when you put some characters on spots, and moves other with the “exits screen” and “walks to screen left/right” commands.
  • MC’s father also is… Just not-likable. Like he doesn’t really care for MC.
  • MC dad hasn’t changed outfit for his wedding day.
  • Ummmm. That thing with MC running in the field surrounded by mountains is out of blue. She is upset by what? And King (Prince?) being there is faaaaar-fetched.
  • That dancing thing. Um. Just everything that is happening in this scene is out of blue and weird af. :confused: You made both characters to walk to a higher spot, to slow dance…
  • Sandy’s reaction to MC meeting Prince is like… Huh? Even tho she’s a bitch, still… Everything is so random and far-fetched.

Overall.
Welp, you told me to say all the bad things about it, so I didn’t hold myself with words. Sorry if I was harsh somewhere I guess.
I guess you tried to create modern CInderella story? I’m not sure. There’s this thing, I have no idea what’s ur plot idea.
So, first of all, I feel like you need to give some information on the universe you created. Like it is a fairytale, I suppose. And 0 information on how the things work here in this city in the whole first episode. I’m not even sure if you thought about this. But you have to. I would suggest checking some writing guides on the fantasy stories writing. You have to create your universe, and rules for that. I’m not sure actually if it contains some kind of fantasy details, but anyway.
Telling instead of showing approach is a huge turn-off, it makes readers less interested, and it doesn’t help to build that connection between MC and reader.
I feel a HUGE LACK of logic in MC thinking. Especially about her father. It’s like you didn’t really build her character, you just adjust her thoughts according to the needed effect or MC actions. What I noticed in 2nd episode is that MC is so damn inconsistent. One moment she yells, defending herself, second, she’s scared like a caged animal. I just don’t get her. If I don’t get her, I don’t like her.
Directing is some kind of between basic and advanced, but contains a lot of mistakes. You have to check stories with good advanced directing, to know what you actually can do on this platform, and then study guides and forum. I think you made half of the mistakes I mentioned in my thread about directing,
Grammar is kinda bad. And that sentence split thing was pissing me a real lot.
Yeah. As I said, I donnow what was your idea, but if u really have it, u gotta start from the scratch to revamp it. Start from the plot planning, then create characters, using questionnaires, that I mentioned in my thread, also create some rules about the universe, cause now it’s like… You just don’t what is happening.
I guess I mentioned a lot here, but if you have more questions or u want me to clarify something - feel free to do it.
Hope it was helpful. :blossom:

3 Likes

Wow, I didn’t even notice the sentence split thing!

So, there are things I do know that I was horrible at: Directing and grammar.
Re-reading it now I (and before you gave me this review) I did think that what I did with the plot was really weird like- :woman_facepalming:t3: I don’t even know what I was thinking.

Hmm, I didn’t really notice that I had to do this, but now I really see this. And yeah, I didn’t even think of it!

:woman_facepalming:t3: What was I thinking…

I’m currently writing this, not making it… But now I see it. AND I STILL PORTRAY IT LIKE THIS. Like. What the heck…

yep… He went back from being oh; Nice- to a terrible father.
You weren’t harsh at all, that story was terrible, and I am going to completely revamp it. It was a really good review, it was super helpful, it really opened my eyes and it now allows me to actually SEE the story I’m making, not from a biased perspective.

This was like my first story on Episode, and I was a really terrible writer at this time… :sweat_smile::joy:

There’s like this style that I’m thinking of it being in… Like, it’s medieval, but they dress between a mix of modern and medieval. like I’ve sometimes noticed in plays. When I first wrote this, (the story you read) that was unintentional because I could barely find any outfits to use…

Thanks so much for the review, there was stuff in there that I already knew, like that I did too much telling and not enough showing, but there was things in there that I didn’t know, but now I see.

When I do the revamped version, I’m gonna start it off when she meets Sandy, and have them be best friends… but then have her slowly turn into this evil bully as you see in the story, and I will explain her obsession of the prince too…

I don’t know if I should start if off like this, or start it off in current time in the story, showing Cinderella being a maid or something… Then slowly filling the reader in on the backstory.

1 Like

yeah, I still donnow what ur plot is about :smiley: But hope u know it at least. And yep, create plot track, and characters quiz ^^

1 Like

I’m gonna really work on those mistakes, and when I’m ready to publish the story, I’ll make sure the readers know what the plot is about. Because honestly, when I was writing this for the first time I was just randomly doing it… Which is a very bad writing strategy. Again, thanks so much for the review! :heartpulse:

1 Like

Yeah, I figured :slight_smile: Cause after I watched u on forum, I was actually waiting a lot more from u on this story.
So hopefully u’ll turn this around. Feel free to submit it here as well :wink:

1 Like

Title: Echo Creek

Author: Jade R.

Description: Being sent off to an odd town is a dream for you. But what happens when that dream quickly deteriorates into a nightmare? Lives are at stake here, specifically yours.

Small cover:

Demi_Lovato_S2Bp_posterThumb_Zgd7cunkJJ

What is the main concern about your story?

Definitely, my main concern is the consistency of the plot. I don’t want my readers to be confused, or dumbfounded because I’ve jumped into something completely and totally random! And please, be tough on the story! Thanks! :wink:

1 Like

Oh dear, I actually reviewed ur story in 5 inch story review thread, and I loved it ^^ but if u still want me to review it, then sure.

1 Like

Oh! Thanks, haha! I guess a double review wouldn’t hurt anybody, lol. Sure, I’d love for you to review Echo Creek again. Maybe you missed some mistakes in my writing… or maybe you missed some clues/hints I’ve placed… :sunglasses:

Sure. Here I review more accurately. :slight_smile:

1 Like

Thank you so much for doing this! You’re a legend! :grin::sparkling_heart:

Title: Mystery on Hanging Hill Lane
Author: Marshmallow O.
Description: Time is running out as you and your friends try to escape the mysterious sleepover that you were invited to… Read to uncover the Mystery on Hanging Hill Lane.
Main concern about my story? Honestly, I just want to see how I can make it better. In my opinion it’s alright. The plot is relatively basic I am aware, and the directing isn’t horrible. But I was just wondering how could I make it better directing, plot, and interest wise?

Link: http://episodeinteractive.com/s/6250660385652736
Shortened Link: https://bit.ly/2FHhOMS

2 Likes

Hey so this is my first story thoughts appreciated :slightly_smiling_face:
Title : In love with my student
Author : Selma J.
Description : After her boyfriend Tragically dies, Teacher Vaiola enters a spiral of sadness and grief, Will falling for her high school student changes everything in her life ?
Small cover :In_love_with_my_student_posterThumb_RFosFAWwCp
Main concern : I want your opinion to write better and make the story as great as possible

Title
One Day

Author
Ellie

Description
Best friends since the day they were born and when it comes to love, it’s always been everyone but each other. They couldn’t possibly be meant to be, could they?

Small cover

What is the main concern about your story?
I’m new to writing so I would just like some feedback overall.

Thank you! :slight_smile:

shh don’t expose me

1 Like