How to zoom to each character while they speak?

Lately, I have been having the trouble getting characters to stay seated while speaking and someone told me you can zoom so they only see their top half. While I did this It was a success but lead to a further issue because when I was zooming to a character I needed to zoom to another character and it just stayed zoomed to the same character and showed the speech bubble for the other character what do I do please help thank you!

Here is the script:

INT. PENTHOUSE
@zoom on 0 0 to 100% in 0
@cut to zone 2

@DANIELLE moves to layer 3 AND COREY moves to layer 2 AND JORDAN moves to layer 2 AND JAYLEN moves to layer 1
@DANIELLE spot 0.601 118 290 AND DANIELLE is idle_sit_anklescrossed_neutral_loop AND COREY spot 0.680 202 237 AND COREY is idle_sit_neutral_loop AND JORDAN spot 0.722 281 151 AND JORDAN is idle_sit_legsup_neutral_loop AND JAYLEN spot 0.6292 36 281 AND JAYLEN is idle_sit_armcrossed_unimpressed_loop

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
@speechbubble is 159 227 to 100% with tail_top_left

    DANIELLE (talk_think_neutral)
What took you guys so long?

@pause for a beat

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
@speechbubble is 159 227 to 100% with tail_top_left

    JORDAN (talk_neutral)
Jaylen was taking her sweet time and would not come outside.

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
@JAYLEN is idle_armscrossed_angry_loop
@pause for a beat

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
DANIELLE (talk_unsure)
Uh, Jaylen do you want to see my uh new closet?

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
JAYLEN (talk_angry)
Sure.
(Better than sitting here and watching them too)

@zoom on COREY to 434% in 0
@COREY is idle_awkward_uneasy_loop
@transition fade out black

and I need the zoom to be able to go to another character after one character is finished talking.

Use the & symbol; &zoom on…

Well all the zooms are the same, so it won’t change
You need to code different zooms for different spots

And this doesn’t work I think :thinking:

&zoom on CHARACTER to x y in #

Thanks so much katie :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Thanqqq :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I’ll try and see if it works but thanqq :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Let us know if it works or not.

Wait I have another question so if I say this-

@zoom 430 330 to 696% in 0

what if I want it to be to a specific character do I say this:

@zoom on DANIELLE 430 330 696% in 0

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What would I say if I want to zoom in on him?

You have to use the “focus” command on the previewer to move the zoom

These are just examples

To zoom on different characters you need to have different “zoom numbers” or else the zoom won’t move

Okay thanks so much let me try it and see if it works, if not I’ll post the script to see what you can help me fix if that’s alright.

yeah and make sure to add & with the zoom #

Honestly, it’s not necessary
I kind of never use & with zooms in middle scene

Okay so I’m still having trouble im slow Im just gonna post the script.

INT. PENTHOUSE
@zoom on 0 0 to 100% in 0
@cut to zone 2

@DANIELLE moves to layer 3 AND COREY moves to layer 2 AND JORDAN moves to layer 2 AND JAYLEN moves to layer 1
@DANIELLE spot 0.601 118 290 AND DANIELLE is idle_sit_anklescrossed_neutral_loop AND COREY spot 0.680 202 237 AND COREY is idle_sit_neutral_loop AND JORDAN spot 0.722 281 151 AND JORDAN is idle_sit_legsup_neutral_loop AND JAYLEN spot 0.6292 36 281 AND JAYLEN is idle_sit_armcrossed_unimpressed_loop

@zoom on 430 330 to 696% in 0
@speechbubble is 159 227 to 100% with tail_top_left

    DANIELLE (talk_think_neutral)
What took you guys so long?

@pause for a beat

@zoom on 430 330 to 694% in 0
@speechbubble is 159 227 to 100% with tail_top_left

    JORDAN (talk_neutral)
Jaylen was taking her sweet time and would not come outside.

@zoom on 430 330 to 695% in 0
@JAYLEN is idle_armscrossed_angry_loop
@pause for a beat

@zoom on 430 330 to 693% in 0

    DANIELLE (think_rubchin)
(Jaylen is mad. I need to think fast.)

    DANIELLE (talk_sheepish_rubneck)
Uh, Jaylen do you want to see my uh new closet?

@zoom on 430 330 to 692% in 0
JAYLEN (talk_angry)
I’m fine.
(Is she trying to show off again?)

    DANIELLE (eyeroll_subtle)
(She's not catching on...)

    DANIELLE (talk_neutral)
I meant, since you can dress

    DANIELLE (talk_think_neutral)
Would you mind helping me? I have a date tonight.

    JAYLEN 

&zoom on 430 330 to 691% in 0
@COREY is idle_awkward_uneasy_loop
@transition fade out black

These numbers need to change, not the %

Okay thank you!

i have, its my first try using it.