# Directing Help and Assistance From a Purple Ghost For All Your Episode Needs

I want to change my characters outfit with a choice of the reader. Then, the reader should get another choice of Yes or No. How can I do that?

Everything in bold you can customize to your own liking. Like the names of the outfits and the labels and also the dialogue and the actions after the CHAR finishes changing.

label dressing_game1

CHAR

choice
Outfit1” {

@CHAR changes into Outift1
@CHAR is primp

} “Outfit2” {

@CHAR changes into Outfit2
@CHAR is primp

} “Outfit3” {

@CHAR changes into Outfit3
@CHAR is primp

}

CHAR
Is this cute?

choice
Yes!” {

CHAR
Love it!

goto label continue_story

} “No!” {

CHAR
Hate it!

goto label dressing_game1

}

label continue story

Keep writing your story

How work the opacity?

Opacity is how see through an overlay is and ranges from 0 to 1. An opacity of 1 means that the object can not be seen through at all. An opacity of 0 means you can no longer see the object.
To use opacity:
@overlay OVERLAY opacity # in T

T = time

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Can I use it with a person?

You can not change the opacity of the actual character, but you can put them behind a faded overlay to give a faded appearance.

This thread explains how to do it:

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Okay, thank you so much!

Hi! I was wondering if there was any way that when using an overlay you could have a character stand in front of the overlay? I’m trying to direct two characters, one behind the bar and one in front of it, using an overlay and I just can’t seem to figure it out. Is there any other way to do this?

Yes. All you’ll need to do is put the overlay in a layer and then put one character in a layer above and the other below.

Example:
INT. BAR BACKGROUND - NIGHT with BAR TABLE to 1.000 100 100 in zone 1 at layer 0
&CHARACTER1 spot 1.280 150 125 in zone 1 at layer -1 #This character will be behind the bar.
@CHARACTER2 spot 1.280 50 75 in zone 1 at layer 1 #This character will be in front of the bar.

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This helped! Thank you so much!

How do you put one character behind another? I can’t figure it out.

Layers, babygirl.

Example:

@CHAR1 stands screen center in zone 1
@CHAR2 stands screen right in zone 1
@CHAR1 moves to layer 2
@CHAR2 moves to layer 1

So now if CHAR1 decides to walk past CHAR2, CHAR1 will be in front of CHAR2

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THANK YOU!

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Thank you!

I have a question… so in Adrenaline… I think episode one, there are scenes that go fast and I can’t figure out how to do that…

What do you mean by scenes that go fast? Do you mean the movements/animations are quicker or like when an author switches quickly between multiple different scenes?

To switch between scenes quickly you can set the scene and characters, then pause the scene before changing it again.
Example:
INT. BG1 - DAY
&CHARACTER stands screen center
@pause for 0.5
INT. BG2 - DAY
&CHARACTER stands screen right
@pause for 0.5
INT. BG3 - DAY
&CHARACTER stands screen left
@pause for 0.5

To make the character’s actions quicker, do this from Alex Light:
hey! the only way to make an action appear faster is to end it faster, if that makes sense. for example, if you want to make them punch faster, you’d have to do use this coding:

&CHAR is punch_jab

@pause for 0.5

&CHAR is punch_jab

@pause for 0.5

and so on! you can replace the action with whatever or change the time to make it work. that’s what i did in Maid for You. hope that helps!

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Hi! My characters won’t show up on the screen. What have I done wrong?

@AUTHOR exits left

EXT. DESERT - DAY

@JAXON DEMON enters from left to screen left AND @LILITH DEMON enters from right to screen right
@JAXON DEMON faces right AND @LILITH DEMON faces left
@JAXON DEMON (idle_punch) AND @LILITH DEMON (idle_punch)

``````    NARRATOR
You see the girl to the right? That's me.
I am Lilith. I don't really have a last name, I don't need one for people to know who I am.``````

Don’t use an @ when you are using another @. You only need and to connect to commands.
Also when you want a character to do an action is a line, use is to make them perform the action.

@JAXON DEMON is idle_punch AND LILITH DEMON is idle_punch

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OK, thanks! But how do I zoom to a character’s face (and reset the zoom/go back to total picture)?