Soooo… I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while now (see here). I’m not a fan of the new spotlight style and animating every line of dialogue frankly exhausts me sometimes and takes some precious time away that I’d prefer to be using on complex directing and choice branching. I don’t mean to throw any shade to the people who like the Cinematic style. I like it too; I’m just pointing out some advantages of the Spotlight style. If you dislike the Spotlight style, this thread is likely not for you.
Thanks to @Trying_To_Help and @Lemniscate I was able to download a bunch of the old spotlight style’s character portraits and upload them to my account as overlays. And as excited as I am to write a story with them, I have to admit that their use is quite limited (no change of clothing, a few characters and expressions are missing, almost all seem to be from our current time period, there aren’t as many as I’d probably need, etc). They’d be great for short stories in our current time, though, so I encourage everyone to quickly download and use them. I also recommend you to read Black Absinthe by Kay Elle and The B-Team by MeMyselfAndI to get an idea of how much this style can enhance a story.
So I thought of designing my own characters from scratch… But my God that was difficult and so time-consuming! And as much as I like writing and drawing, I’d rather invest some of that time elsewhere than on Episode (Sorry, I hope you understand, Episode…).
Therefore…! I decided to edit Episode characters instead and create a “customized Spotlight style”. I wanted realistic-ish characters, so I opted for Limelight and tested it out:
I know there’s progress to be made in terms of the image quality but I’m pretty sure I know how to fix it. I’d like to encourage everyone to also create their own “customized spotlight”. Use the old spotlight characters (as they are or by editing them), edit some Episode characters, design your own from scratch… I hope this inspires somebody because I really want to see more styles on the app that differ from the usual Cinematic style.
This is just a test. I haven’t written a story for it yet and I don’t know when it’ll happen. Leave your opinion in the poll below and/or a comment to let everyone know how you feel about this “customized spotlight” style. Again, if you’re “repulsed” by the Spotlight style, please remain respectful and mindful that this thread is all about Spotlight. Thank you
- This looks great!
- I like the idea, but I don’t like the way it looks on the test.
- I don’t like Spotlight either way.