I have a scene that I need the character to already be scared when the transition cuts in, but I know from past experience that if you do it like this, it doesn’t work; (this is a discontinued story below)
INT. CLASSROOM FRONT - DAY
@MR SMITHAREL stands screen right AND MR SMITHAREL faces left AND MR SMITHAREL is arms_crossed_angry AND TALIA spot 1.280 175 -2 AND TALIA faces right AND TALIA is idle_awkward AND BRIDGET spot 1.280 36 -5 AND BRIDGET faces right and BRIDGET is eyeroll_subtle AND LIBERTY spot 1.280 102 -5 AND LIBERTY faces right AND LIBERTY is arms_crossed_angry
@transition fade in black 3
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MR SMITHAREL (talk_apathetic) As you girls know, you all have obviously not been on your best behavior this week.
Since I have the girls doing animations before the transition, it cuts to the scene, shows them for a split second, then fades in black, and it looks really choppy.
What I want to know is how to fix this;
NARR (AZURA) The moment I saw the school guards enter the room, I knew I had gone too far.
The transition works fine, and it isn’t choppy, but she’s obviously happy and cheerful/okay in the idle position BEFORE she starts the react_mortified animation. Please help!