How to use the Mannequin Code


#1

I’m trying to figure out how to put mannequins into a scene. I wanna use only 3 mannequins into one scene instead of using 8. I found I template by Joseph Evans, and I can’t really use 3 mannequins without using 8. I was wondering if I can use that same template only using 3 mannequins.


#2

One thing you could try is creating the mannequins as characters. If you go to the character creation area, you can select “none” for eyes, nose, etc. to get the blank face. Also select “Bald” or “None” for hair, unless you want your mannequins to look like they’re wearing wigs. And just name your mannequin characters something simple since they won’t be talking (unless you’re writing a horror story i guess lol). Position them however you want, like “@MANNEQUIN1 stands screen left…” To get them to stay still, I would recommend doing this with a background that has multiple zones. Have the mannequins do some kind of talking action, “@MANNEQUIN1 starts talk_gesture” while the camera and your MC are in the other zone. Then have your MC enter after they are all done talking so that the mannequins stay frozen in that position. That’s just how I would do it. Hope this helps.


#3

Okay, but if you use the “starts” command, wouldn’t the mannequins be moving?


#4

You have the camera focused on whats happening in the other zone, while the mannequins are doing their thing off-screen. Then when your MC enters the zone with the mannequins once they are done moving (usually after 2-3 seconds). This way your mannequins won’t be moving once the MC and camera enter the zone they are in.


#5

Ohh I get it! Thanks so much.


#6

I edited the template to where it’s just 3 mannequins:

INT. FASHION BOUTIQUE OL - DAY

@zoom reset

@MANNEQUIN1 spot 0.840 65 210 in zone 2 at layer -2 AND MANNEQUIN1 faces left and MANNEQUIN1 starts talk_handsonhips
@MANNEQUIN2 spot 0.840 164 210 in zone 2 at layer -1 AND MANNEQUIN2 faces left and MANNEQUIN2 starts primp_condescend
@MANNEQUIN3 spot 0.840 262 210 in zone 2 at layer 0 AND MANNEQUIN3 faces left and MANNEQUIN3 starts talk_gossip

@CHARACTER2 enters from left to upscreen left
@pause for a beat
@CHARACTER1 enters from left to screen left
@pause for a beat
@pan to zone 2
@pause for a beat

@cut to zone 1

        CHARACTER2 (talk_happy_smile)
    Which one do you like the best?

        CHARACTER1 (think)
    (Hmm...)
    (Let's take a closer look.)

@pan to zone 2
@zoom on 320 270 to 231% in 3


label outfit1
@pause for a beat
        NARRATOR
    This one?

choice (outfit)
"Next outfit -->"{
@zoom on 490 270 to 231% in 0.5
goto outfit2

}"Choose outfit 1"{
        NARRATOR (CHARACTER1)
    This is my favourite.
goto chose_dress
}


label outfit2
@pause for a beat
        NARRATOR
    This one?

choice (outfit)
"Next outfit -->"{
@zoom on 640 270 to 231% in 0.5
goto outfit3

}"<-- Previous outfit"{
@zoom on 320 270 to 231% in 0.5
goto outfit1

}"Choose outfit 2"{
        NARRATOR (CHARACTER1)
    This is my favourite.
goto chose_dress
}


label outfit3
@pause for a beat
        NARRATOR
    This one?

choice (outfit)
"<-- Previous outfit"{
@zoom on 490 270 to 231% in 0.5
goto outfit2

}"Choose outfit 3"{
        NARRATOR (CHARACTER1)
    This is my favourite.
goto chose_dress
}

label chose_dress
@cut to zone 1 and zoom reset

        CHARACTER2 (talk_shrug)
    Are you sure?
        CHARACTER1
    ...

choice
"Yep, I'm sure"{

        CHARACTER1 (talk_happy_smile)
    Yep, I'm sure.

}"Let me take another look"{

        CHARACTER1 (talk_think)
    Let me take another look.

@pan to zone 2
@zoom on 320 270 to 231% in 3
goto outfit1

}

        CHARACTER1 (talk_handsonhips)
    I'm gonna get changed into it right now.

@CHARACTER1 exits right
@transition fade out black 1

INT. BLACK - NIGHT
@pause for a beat

INT. FASHION BOUTIQUE OL - DAY
&CHARACTER2 stands upscreen left in zone 1 AND CHARACTER2 faces right
@transition fade in black 1

@CHARACTER1 stands screen center in zone 2

if (outfit is "Choose outfit 1"){

@CHARACTER1 changes into CHARACTER1_outfit1

}elif (outfit is "Choose outfit 2"){

@CHARACTER1 changes into CHARACTER1_outfit2

}else{

@CHARACTER1 changes into CHARACTER1_outfit3

}

@CHARACTER1 enters from right to screen right

@CHARACTER1 is curtsey

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#7

Thank you so much!


#8