Dara Amarie's Official Help Thread! [closed]

You’re going to have to delete the template and start over. You backspaced to many times when you entered in your character’s name. All of the “YOU changes” should be on the very next line, instead they are now on the very same line as the option names.

I’m having problems with the branching. When I reset the story progress it doesn’t work. It skips the second option. This is also the second time that I referenced this choice from the previous episode.

if (NO_INFO_1) {

goto 4_no_info_1

} elif (MORE_INFO_1) {

goto 4_more_info_1

}

label 4_no_info_1

    BREALE (talk_sad_timid)
No. I didn't even see the island from the ship.

@cut to zone 1
ADAM (talk_gossip)
You did say that Dan was the last person with your suitcase.
I think it’s safe to assume that he’s here.

goto almost_happy

label 4_more_info_1

    BREALE (talk_think)
Actually he did.
When we were looking of the deck we saw the island from there.
He told me that he and I were going to explore this place.

@cut to zone 1
SAMATHA (talk_excited)
That confirms it!
He’s here.

goto almost_happy

label almost_happy

if (NO_INFO_1) {

goto 4_no_info_1

} elif (MORE_INFO_1) {
} else {

goto 4_more_info_1

}

What does the choice look like?

LIAM (talk_happy_smile)
So, Breale are you going?
choice
“I’ll go.” {

    BREALE (talk_gesture)
Sure. I'll go.
Sounds like fun.
    LIAM (talk_happy_smile)
Okay cool. The dress code is formal.
I'll see you then.

@LIAM exits right
DAN (laugh_chuckle)
You hate dressing up.
BREALE (talk_mindblown)
I know. What am I going to do?
Is it too late to change my mind?
DAN (talk_gossip)
Yeah it’s too late.
Liam is already gone and you gave him your word.
BREALE (talk_sad)
You’re right.
BREALE (talk_arms_crossed)
But what am I supposed to do?
I don’t own any formal dresses.
DAN (talk_think)
I think they have a store in here somewhere.
BREALE (talk_startled)
Really?
This place really does have everything.
DAN (talk_neutral)
But before we do that we need to do something about your hair.
BREALE (talk_afraid)
You mean I have to get that done as well!?
DAN (primp_condescend)
Well you’re the one that told me that being pretty wasn’t easy.
But of course, I wouldn’t know anything right?
BREALE (talk_arms_crossed)
Using my own words against me huh?
Well played brother, but I will get you back.
DAN (laugh_chuckle)
I’ll be waiting on it.
@BREALE exits left AND DAN exits left
INT. DRESS SHOP2 - DAY
@DAN stands screen center in zone 3
@DAN changes into DAN_default
@DAN enters from right to screen left
@DAN faces right
DAN (talk_call_out)
Come on Bree. Your hair is already done let’s pick out a dress.
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
BREAD (talk_mindblown)
Oh my god!
Can this be over!
DAN (talk_shrug)
You signed up for this.
BREAD (talk_sad)
I know.
DAN (talk_arms_crossed)
So, what are your dress choices.
@BREAD exits right
@BREAD changes into Fade dress
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
BREAD (talk_think)
This is the first one.
DAN (talk_happy_smile)
That’s pretty cool. Three different shades.
@BREAD exits right
@BREAD changes into Blue dress
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
DAN (talk_neutral)
Very blue.
BREAD (talk_arms_crossed_angry)
Don’t you start.
DAN (sing_energetic_loop)
I’m blue da ba de da ba die da ba de da ba die.
@BREAD is eyeroll AND DAN is laugh_giggle
@BREAD exits right
@BREAD changes into Dress dark F
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
DAN (talk_neutral)
This looks like something you would wear.
Which one are you wearing?
choice
“The first one” {

@BREAD exits right
@BREAD changes into Fade dress
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
} “The second one” {

@BREAD exits right
@BREAD changes into Blue dress
@BREAD enters from right to screen right
DAN (talk_happy_smile)
The memes continue.
BREAD (eyeroll)
So it seems.
} “This one.” {

    BREAD (talk_neutral)
Yep I have to agree with you.
This is my type of dress.

}
DAN (talk_arms_crossed)
Alright be careful.
Let me know if any guy hits on you.
BREAD (talk_apathetic)
Okay dad anything else.
DAN (eyeroll)
No. That’s all.
BREAD (talk_greet)
Alright see you later then.
@BREAD exits right
DAN (think)
I’m sorry Bree.
EXT. HOTEL TERRACE - DAY
sound trans_dance_hall
@TH stands screen center in zone 2 AND DA stands screen left in zone 2 AND DUDE stands screen right in zone 2 AND HAS stands screen right in zone 4 AND LIAM stands screen center in zone 3
@TH faces right AND DA faces right
@TH changes into Dress dark M
@DUDE changes into Dress white EX M
@DA changes into Dress dark EX
@HAS changes into Dress white EX
@LIAM changes into Fancy M
@BREAD enters from left to screen left
@cut to zone 2
@DUDE is talk_happy_glass_raised AND DA is talk_happy_agree AND TH is talk_happy_agree
@pause for 1
@cut to zone 4
@pause for a beat
@HAS is dance_whip_loop
@RED enters from left to screen center AND RED does it while run_athletic AND WAS enters from left to screen left
@HAS is startled_surprised AND RED is talk_angry_accuse AND WAS is startled_surprised
@HAS exits right AND HAS does it while run_jog
@RED exits right AND RED does it while run_athletic AND WAS exits right AND WAS does it while run_athletic
@cut to zone 2
@DUDE is disappointed AND DA is disappointed AND TH is disappointed
@pause for 1.5
@cut to zone 1
@LIAM enters from right to screen right
LIAM (talk_happy_smile)
Hey Breale glad you could make it.
You look nice.
BREAD (talk_gossip)
Thank you.
(Can I go back to my room?)
Is this it for the party?
It’s pretty boring.
LIAM (talk_awkward)
I truly don’t know.
Let’s just hope it gets more interesting.
@DAD enters from left to screen center AND BREAD is fall
@DAD is dustoff_loop
DAD (talk_neutral)
Hey Liam you enjoying the party?
@BREAD is stand_up
BREAD (talk_angry)
Hey are you even going to acknowledge the fact that you knocked me over?
@DAD faces left
DAD (talk_doubtful)
No I don’t care enough.
@BREAD is talk_confused_mind_blown
LIAM (talk_awkward)
Come on dad.
Don’t be like that.
BREAD (talk_arms_crossed_angry)
This mentally challenged twat is your dad?
DAD (talk_angry_accuse)
If you don’t watch what you say to me I’ll kick you off this cruise.
BREAD (eyeroll)
If you’re here who’s steering the ship?
@DAD is laugh_guffaw
DAD (talk_angry)
How dumb do you think I am?
BREAD (talk_arms_crossed_angry)
As dumb as you look.
The fact that you’re wearing casual clothes to a formal party that you in forced is beyond dumb.
@DAD is startled_surprised
@DAD faces right
LIAM (talk_neutral)
Dad this is my friend Breale.
DAD (talk_angry)
I don’t like her.
LIAM (talk_doubtful)
You don’t have to like her.
DAD (talk_arms_crossed)
I will go mingle with the other guest.
@DAD exits right
BREAD

LIAM (talk_awkward)
Well… that was my dad.
It’s a mystery as to why he acts like that.
BREAD

LIAM (talk_awkward)
Are you gonna say anything.
BREAD (talk_angry)
I’m leaving and changing out of this dress.
My mom can’t get sued or she’ll be pissed.

@BREAD exits left AND LIAM is talk_awkward
INT. SHIP POOL ON FIRE - DAY with EFFECT SMOKE
@BREALE changes into Breale_ NOT default
@BREALE enters from left to screen left
BREALE (talk_angry)
If I stayed any longer who knows what I have done.
gain NO_INFO

goto end

} “I’ll stay.” {

    BREALE (talk_happy_smile)
No thanks. But thanks for the offer.
    LIAM (talk_awkward)
Oh, um okay.
I'll see you guys later.

@LIAM exits right
DAN (talk_neutral)
Bree I thought that I said don’t let me change your mind.
BREALE (talk_gesture)
You did.
But I came on this cruise to catch up with you.
Not to go to a party.
DAN (talk_awkward)
Wow you’re making me feel important.
BREALE (laugh_giggle)
You are. Now come on!
We have six years worth of catching up to do and we only have two weeks to do so.
@BREALE exits left AND DAN exits left
@BREALE changes into Vacation time F
@DAN changes into Vacation time M
EXT. TOUR BOAT - DAY
@pan to zone 2
@cut to zone 1
@BREALE enters from left to screen right AND DAN enters from left to screen left
BREALE (talk_startled)
Wow! Is that an island?
DAN (search)
Um yeah. Looks like it.
EXT. ST JEZEBEL ISLAND RESORT SIDE Z3 - DAY
@BREALE stands screen right in zone 2 AND DAN stands screen center in zone 2
BREALE
It almost looks like a resort.
DAN
I heard that’s what it was supposed to be.
EXT. TOUR BOAT - DAY
@BREALE stands screen right AND DAN stands screen left AND DAN faces right
BREALE (admire)
It looks so pretty.
DAN (talk_arms_crossed)
I’ve seen better.
BREALE (search)
We’re pretty close to it.
DAN (talk_think)
Yeah we are.
(That’s not good.)
DAN (talk_happy_smile)
Maybe tomorrow we can explore the island.
@BREALE faces left
BREALE (talk_happy_agree)
Sounds like fun.
DAN (talk_awkward)
So, what has um… changed in the six years I was gone?
BREALE (talk_neutral)
Well…
NARRATOR
Too lazy to type all of that.
You’ll see what’s changed in a future episode.
BREALE (talk_greet)
That’s how mom got sued.
DAN (disappointed)
You knew better Bree.
If you were truly having a problem you could have called me.
BREALE (talk_apathetic)
Yeah right.
Like you could do something while being miles away.
DAN (talk_arms_crossed)
I would’ve ran all those miles if you really needed me.
BREALE (talk_arms_crossed)
Stop being the perfect brother please.
DAN (laugh_giggle)
Can’t help it.
BREALE (talk_neutral)
How was collage?
DAN (talk_shrug)
School sucks so I guess it was okay.
BREALE (talk_gossip)
So you don’t have a girlfriend?
DAN (talk_awkward)
W-What?
No of course not!
BREALE (laugh_giggle)
You’re so awkward!
DAN (talk_sad_timid)
That’s why I don’t have one.
I’m too awkward for my own good.
DAN (talk_awkward)
You don’t have a boyfriend do you?
BREALE (talk_sheepish)
Um… Well.
DAN (talk_startled)
YOU HAVE ONE!?
BREALE (laugh_guffaw)
No. Of course not.
DAN (deepbreath)
Thank god.
I thought I had to kill someone for a second.
BREALE (eyeroll)
Well someone’s a little overprotective.
DAN (talk_neutral)
Only for you.
BREALE (talk_mindblown)
Oh man. I’m hungry.
When do they serve food?
DAN (talk_think)
It should be an hour and half from now.
BREALE (talk_sad_timid)
That’s so long from now.
DAN (talk_neutral)
Well why don’t you head back to the room and relax there.
I’ll go find out what they’re serving.
BREALE (talk_happy_smile)
Okay that sounds good.
@DAN is talk_greet AND BREALE exits left
DAN (think)
(Sorry Breale.)
INT. YOUR BEDROOM - NIGHT
@BREALE enters from left to screen center
@BREALE is deepbreath
@BREALE exits right
sound change_clothes
@BREALE changes into Towel
@cut to zone 3
@BREALE enters from right to screen center
sound phone_text
@BREALE is talk_read_phone_neutral_loop
BREALE
(Looks like Heaven is texting me.)
NARRATOR
Hey Bree how’s the trip so far?
@BREALE is text_phone_neutral_loop
BREALE
(So far so good.)
(I met someone who’s pretty cool.)
sound phone_text
@BREALE is talk_read_phone_neutral_loop
NARRATOR
Oh no!
You already found a replacement me.
It’s only been a day!
@BREALE is laugh_giggle
@BREALE is text_phone_neutral_loop
BREALE
(No silly.)
(No one can replace you.)
(It’s a guy though not a girl.)
@BREALE is idle_phone_hold
sound phone_text
@BREALE is talk_read_phone_neutral_loop
NARRATOR
Oh~.
I see what’s going on.
:wink:
@BREALE is eyeroll
@BREALE is text_phone_neutral_loop
BREALE
(Obviously you don’t.)
(You have one eye closed.)
@BREALE is idle_phone_hold
sound phone_text
@BREALE is talk_read_phone_neutral_loop
NARRATOR
Way to take things literal. >:0
Well I have to go talk to you later.
@BREALE is laugh_giggle
BREALE (talk_mindblown)
What’s taking Dan so long?
I’m starving!
@BREALE exits right
@BREALE changes into Breale_ NOT default
@BREALE enters from right to screen right
@BREALE exits left

}

INT. SHIP POOL ON FIRE - DAY with EFFECT SMOKE
@BREALE changes into Breale_ NOT default
@BREALE enters from left to screen left
BREALE (search)
Where in the world did Dan go?
gain MORE_INFO

label end

So your gains names are MORE_INFO and NO_INFO, but in your if/else, you’re using “NO_INFO_1”

Your if/else should have the exact same gain name inside the parentheses

if (NO_INFO) {

} else {

}

The reason I’m using NO_INFO_1 is because I referenced this choice earlier in the same chapter.

if (MORE_INFO) {

goto 4_more_info

} elif (NO_INFO) {

goto 4_no_info

}

label 4_more_info

    BREALE (think)
(This is the island that Dan and I looked at.)
(He has to be here.)
(We did talk about coming here.)
    BREALE (idle_sad)
(Well I hope he is. There's nowhere else he can be.)

goto almost_over

label 4_no_info

    BREALE (talk_unsure)
What is this place.
I didn't even see an island from the ship.

goto almost_over

label almost_over

You still need to use the same gain name, and if you only have 2 options, the 2nd one needs to be else by itself, not an “elif”

Now it says duplicate labels

if (NO_INFO) {

goto 4_no_info

}else{

goto 4_more_info

}

label 4_no_info

    BREALE (talk_sad_timid)
No. I didn't even see the island from the ship.

@cut to zone 1
ADAM (talk_gossip)
You did say that Dan was the last person with your suitcase.
I think it’s safe to assume that he’s here.

goto almost_happy

label 4_more_info

    BREALE (talk_think)
Actually he did.
When we were looking of the deck we saw the island from there.
He told me that he and I were going to explore this place.

@cut to zone 1
SAMATHA (talk_excited)
That confirms it!
He’s here.

goto almost_happy

label almost_happy

Duplicate labels means you have 2 of the same labels in your script

It worked! Thank you so much!

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Hi Dara! I’m currently writing a scene where the MC should stand behind a overlay (a couch) and when I do the layer command, it still puts her in front of it. My second issue is also an stupid one, but which “faces [blank]” do u need to do to make the character look to the left while doing the rear animation?

INT. JUVIE ROW HOME - NIGHT with COUCH1 to -83 -1 1.461 in zone 1 at layer 2
@zoom on 0 380 to 152% in 0
@ADDISON moves to layer -1
@ADDISON moves to layer -1
@ADDISON spot 1.084 57 118
@ADDISON is rear

The format for adding the overlay to the background name is not correct. The scale needs to go before the shift coordinates: with COUCH1 to 1.461 -83 1 in zone 1 at layer 2

And characters should face the opposite direction if they are doing a rear animation. So if you want your character to be rear and face left, you need to make them face right

&ADDISON spot 1.084 57 118 in zone 1 at layer -1 and ADDISON faces right and ADDISON starts rear

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oooo i see, tysm <3

I tried it out, but the MC is still in front of the couch
sorry for bothering you btw

Can you post a screenshot of your script


it’s not a lot lmao but I just started oops

You didn’t fix the overlay. The scale needs to go first

o frick, im stupid im sorry

Hi

I’ve been having a problem with one of my scenes, which won’t show up on the preview online or on the app. The little box on the left says there are no errors but I recieved one of those emails saying that I’ve had an error for a while and that I can contact etc. etc if I need help. I can preview the episode online up until this scene and then the preview screen freezes and I get this whole paragraph thing of code. I’m new at writing on episode so I’m not really sure how to fix this.

Here’s the scene:

    EOGHAN (talk_neutral)
You are a seer. You see |italic, bold| visions .

    EOGHAN (talk_neutral)
Yet you can provide me no other description of the girl barring her eye color?

@reset hsl
&zoom on 488 367 to 190% in 0
&cut to zone 2
@CEANA is think
&pause for a beat

    NARRATOR
Pause.

EXT. LIGHTHOUSE - NIGHT

FILTER: Sunny

&set hsl 39 40 0 colorize with blendMode OVERLAY to 78%

&zoom reset
&CLARAA stands screen center AND CLARAA is arms_crossed
&CLARAA moves to layer 2

&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT create
&overlay 5366649648971776_BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT shifts to -102 -0 in zone 1 in 0
&overlay 5366649648971776_BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT scales to 0.967 0.967 in 0
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 1 in 0
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT to layer 5

&overlay FIRE COLUMN create
&overlay 5366649648971776_FIRE COLUMN shifts to -14 -6 in zone 1 in 0
&overlay 5366649648971776_FIRE COLUMN scales to 2.416 2.416 in 0
&overlay FIRE COLUMN opacity 1 in 0
&overlay FIRE COLUMN to layer 3

&overlay FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE create
&overlay 5366649648971776_FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE shifts to -207 -87 in zone 1 in 0
&overlay 5366649648971776_FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE scales to 1.578 1.578 in 0
&overlay FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE opacity 1 in 0
&overlay FIRE COLUMN to layer 4
&overlay FIRE COLUMN to layer 3

&overlay SPARKLE MAGIC create
&overlay 5366649648971776_SPARKLE MAGIC shifts to -242 37 in zone 1 in 0
&overlay 5366649648971776_SPARKLE MAGIC scales to 1.944 1.944 in 0
&overlay SPARKLE MAGIC opacity 1 in 0
&overlay SPARKLE MAGIC to layer 0
@transition fade in white in 0.5

@overlay WHITE create
@overlay 5366649648971776_SPARKLE MAGIC shifts to -242 37 in zone 1 in 0
@overlay 5366649648971776_SPARKLE MAGIC scales to 1 1 in 0
@overlay SPARKLE MAGIC opacity 0.9 in 0
@overlay SPARKLE MAGIC to layer 0

@overlay WHITE opacity 0 in 0.7

&overlay SMALL LIGHTNING create
&overlay 5366649648971776_SMALL LIGHTNING shifts to 40 40 in zone 1 in 0
&overlay 5366649648971776_SMALL LIGHTNING scales to 3.110 3.110 in 0
&overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 1 in 0
&overlay SMALL LIGHTNING to layer 1

@overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 0.7 in 0.5
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 0.7 in 0.5
&overlay FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE opacity 0.7 in 2

@overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 1 in 1
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 1 in 1
&overlay 5366649648971776_FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE scales to 1.578 1.578 in 0

@overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 0.7 in 0.5
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 0.7 in 0.5

@overlay WHITE create
@overlay WHITE shifts to -242 37 in zone 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE scales to 1 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE opacity 0.9 in 0
@overlay WHITE to layer 0

@overlay WHITE opacity 0 in 0.7

@overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 1 in 1
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 1 in 1
&overlay FIRE COLUMN SIMPLE opacity 1 in 1

@overlay SMALL LIGHTNING opacity 0.7 in 0.5
&overlay BLUE LIGHTNING SPREAD OUT opacity 0.7 in 0.5

@overlay WHITE create
@overlay WHITE shifts to -242 37 in zone 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE scales to 1 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE opacity 0.9 in 0
@overlay WHITE to layer 6

@overlay WHITE opacity 0 in 0.7

&zoom on 162 370 to 230% in 0
@pause for a beat

@overlay WHITE create
@overlay WHITE shifts to -242 37 in zone 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE scales to 1 1 in 0
@overlay WHITE opacity 0.9 in 0
@overlay WHITE to layer 6

@overlay WHITE opacity 0 in 0.5
&zoom reset
@transition fade out white in 0.5
INT. WIZARD TOWER - DAY
&reset hsl
&CEANA stands screen center in zone 2 AND CEANA faces left
&EOGHAN stands screen left AND EOGHAN faces right
&JOAN stands screen center AND JOAN faces right AND JOAN is arms_crossed_angry
&cut to zone 2
&zoom on 488 367 to 190% in 0
@transition fade in white in 0.5

    CEANA (talk_shrug)
Yup. No other description.

I finally got her in the scene but now I need her towards the counter in the back.