Solution comes from @amurph - thank you so much!
Amurph says to code a shift and scale along with opacity. Here is the example given:
@overlay DARK_EDGES create
@overlay DARK_EDGES shifts to -36 156 in zone 2
@overlay DARK_EDGES scales to .623 .623
@overlay DARK_EDGES opacity 1
I’ve been having this issue for awhile, but it’s really starting to get on my nerves because of how intricate the story I’m working on is.
If I create an overlay during a story (regardless of whether I upload it or it belongs to Episode), it doesn’t show up. The only way I can get it to appear is if I include it in the scene to begin with.
INT. BLACK - NIGHT with DESSERT CART
…will work, and the overlay will show up no problem.
INT. BLACK - NIGHT
@overlay DESSERT CART create
…will not work.
It’s not a problem with the coding, as I get no error message. The preview shows that my overlay IS in the story, but it’s not located anywhere. Not off screen, not in a random place, nowhere.
I’m at a total loss for what to do!
Edited to add solution.