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

@cateyedgoddess,

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!:relaxed:

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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.

@amanda.episode152,

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)?

@amanda.episode152,

Use your zoom helper tool in the Directing helper to zoom and focus on the spot you want. Once you have it where you want it, just copy and paste the numbers it gives you into your script.

To zoom out either use @zoom reset or @zoom on 0 0 in #.

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Ok, thank you for all help!

Would you know how to get the camera to follow a character from one zone to another zone in a certain spot?

Let’s say the CHAR is zone 1

Command:

@follow CHAR to screen center in zone 2

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@Nightengale,

To follow from a spot to another spot, use a timed pan.

Example:
@CHARACTER spot 1.280 100 100 in zone 1
&CHARACTER walks to spot 1.200 75 100 in zone 3 in 4
@pan to zone 3 in 3 #You have to play around with the timing of the pan to get it at the rate you want.

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I am working on an episode and from what I’ve seen in the preview, an action isn’t playing out as smoothly as I’d like, due to the characters not being in the right places. But the previewer won’t stay on that scene long enough for me to use Spot Helper to fix it. Help?

@Emeryael,

I usually just add long pauses where I want to fix the spot directing.

@pause for 300000

That would give you plenty of time to use the Directing Helper.

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I tend to add a bit a dialogue where I want to move something/someone around.

Someone want to help me out. I want to have two of my male characters kiss and makeout, but I can’t seem to manage. The sad part is in a previous chapter, I managed to have a man and woman kiss and makeout, but for some reason, I can’t get the two dudes. Is there a way to do this or does Episode have something against yaoi? I didn’t think they did, but thought it warranted being asked.

@Emeryael,

INK or LIMELIGHT? It should work. Web previewer has been weird lately, so if you haven’t already test it on your mobile.

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I am using Limelight. Previewed it on mobile. Still no luck.

@Emeryael,

This combination works for me. The issue may be that there is no forward facing make-out loop.

INT. BACKGROUND - DAY
&GUY1 spot 1.280 76 12 in zone 1 at layer -2
&GUY2 spot 1.280 160 0 in zone 1 at layer 0
&GUY1 is kiss_passionate_loop and GUY2 is kiss_makeout_loop_rear

@EpisodeAfra,

You will need to use gains when choosing an outfit. Adding the gain will allow you to recall the choice later.

Example:
CHARACTER
What should I wear?
choice
“Red”{
@CHARACTER changes into Red Dress
gain red_outfit
}“Blue”{
@CHARACTER changes into Blue Shorts
gain Blue_outfit
}“Yellow”{
@CHARACTER changes into Yellow Pants
gain yellow_outfit
}

To recall the gain after trying on the wedding dresses, you will need to use an if statement with the gains.

Example:
if (red_outfit){
@CHARACTER changes into Red Dress
}elif (blue_outfit){
@CHARACTER changes into Blue Shorts
}else{
@CHARACTER changes into Yellow Pants
}

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Hello! I’m having a problem with overlays.
My code looks like this:

@overlay PHONE create
@overlay PHONE shifts to 31 261
@overlay PHONE opacity 1 in 0
@overlay PHONE rotates 45 anchor point 0.5 0.5 in 1

No error messages are popping up, however every time I preview the story the overlay goes to -609 261. That means I have to drag it back on screen although I wrote ‘@overlay PHONE shifts to 31 261’.

I keep reloading it but the same thing happens, the overlay doesn’t go where I want it to.
Please help!!

@Lexy12345678910,

Add the zone you want to place the overlay in (the one you are moving it around in).

&overlay PHONE create
&overlay PHONE shifts to 31 261 in zone 3
&overlay PHONE opacity 1 in 0
@overlay PHONE rotates 45 anchor point 0.5 0.5 in 1

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Aha it works!!
Thank you so much for your help!!! :smile: :smile:

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