I need help with my overlays!


#1

So I’m trying to do a scene where my character Skylar goes into the bathroom and looks in the mirror to do her hair and makeup.

I have the bathroom background and two overlays that are supposed to be on top of Skylar’s reflection: A mirror that has the opacity of 0.5 to make the mirror look more realistic, and the bathroom sink overlay that is supposed to have the mirror part cut out so that you can add a character behind it.

When Skylar’s reflection is walking into the scene, she is exactly where I want her to be: behind both overlays. But once she stops walking and is idle, she automatically moves to the layer that is in front of everything.

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I thought it was just the web previewer so I previewed the story on my phone but it still did the same thing.

Here’s my script:

INT. MIRROR - DAY with MIRROR to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 2 with MIRROR REFLECTION to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 1
&overlay MIRROR REFLECTION opacity .5 in 0

if (skater_babe) {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into skater chick
} elif (sporty_chic) {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into sporty chic
} elif (camo_cutie) {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into camo cutie
}

&SKYLARMIRROR enters from right to screen center AND SKYLARMIRROR moves to layer 0
@SKYLAR enters from right to screen right AND SKYLAR moves to layer 3

&SKYLARMIRROR starts idle and SKYLARMIRROR faces right
@SKYLAR starts idle_rear AND SKYLAR faces right

What am I doing wrong? (The outfit changing was because there was an outfit choice previously and I wanted Skylar’s reflection’s outfit to match the one the reader chose.)


#2

Is the mirror an overlay?


#3

Yeah, it is


#4

Try:

if (skater_babe) {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into skater chick
} elif (sporty_chic) {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into sporty chic
} else {
@SKYLARMIRROR changes into camo cutie
}
INT. MIRROR - DAY with MIRROR to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 2 with MIRROR REFLECTION to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 1
&overlay MIRROR REFLECTION opacity .5 in 0
&SKYLARMIRROR stands offscreen right AND SKYLARMIRROR moves to layer -1
@pause for a beat
&SKYLARMIRROR walks to screen center
@SKYLAR enters from right to screen right AND SKYLAR moves to layer 3

&SKYLARMIRROR starts idle and SKYLARMIRROR faces right
@SKYLAR starts idle_rear AND SKYLAR faces right

Let me know if it works :slight_smile:

I added pause for a beat just to be sure :wink:


#5

Okay thanks, I’ll try it!


#6

Yeah, it’s still doing the same thing. On my phone too.


#7

Let’s try this :thinking:

INT. MIRROR - DAY with MIRROR to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 2 with MIRROR REFLECTION to 1 0 0 in zone 1 at layer 1
&overlay MIRROR REFLECTION opacity .5 in 0
&SKYLARMIRROR stands offscreen right AND SKYLARMIRROR moves to layer -1
&SKYLAR stands offscreen right AND SKYLAR moves to layer 3
@pause 1.5
&SKYLARMIRROR walks to screen center THEN SKYLARMIRROR starts idle and SKYLARMIRROR faces right
@SKYLAR walks to screen right THEN SKYLAR starts idle_rear AND SKYLAR faces right


#8

Lol, now my web previewer crashes every time the scene starts :sweat_smile:


#9

@Apes


#10

Did you try on your phone? :sweat_smile:


#11

Wait, there was a typo. That’s why


#12

Yeah it’s still doing the same thing it was doing originally.


#13

Hmmm :thinking:

PM me with overlays, I’ll have a look, maybe spotting will help


#14

Did everything work out?
And I would suggest using spot directing for this :thinking:


#15

Yes! Everything is fine now. Thanks!