Tal's Coding 101 - Questions & Help With Directing

Hi! I could use some help with coding.

I’m trying to create a scene where my MC is in bed and wakes up. I already have a background and an overlay duvet, but when I preview my story she doesn’t show up, it’s just an empty bed.

I’m new to this so I’m not great with zoning and spotting.
Thanks!

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Hi! When characters lay down their spotting changes a bit, so even if she’s supposed to appear on your screen, she might be there, but you can’t see her. Try to take your zoom tool and zoom out and see if you can find them :blush:

I made them stand and I was able to find them :slight_smile:

But now I moved the Duvet to zone 3 to cover them and repositioned it by dragging it around the screen.
I copied the position given to me :
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET shifts to -76 -44 in zone 1
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET scales to 1.000 1.000
OVERLAY: 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET
LAYER 3

And now I’m getting this error: Expected character or SCENE change. Found OVERLAY: 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET instead. Did you forget to capitalize the name or close () around the animation?

This is what I wrote so far:

INT. BIRDSEYE BED with WHITE DUVET at layer 3
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET shifts to -76 -44 in zone 1
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET scales to 1.000 1.000
OVERLAY: 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET
LAYER 3

@CAMILA stands screen right AND CAMILA faces left
@REBECCA stands screen left AND REBECCA faces right

@REBECCA is standup_neutral AND CAMILA is sleep_sit_neutral_loop

@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET to layer 3 :blush:

Thank you !

Now it’s giving me a new error :
Wrong syntax specifying specifying coordinates try “to scale X Y” for example “scale to 1.0 100 100”

I’m so confused haha, sorry for bothering!

This was a godsend, especially for beginners like me. You are the real MVP for not only teaching us how to code but also for creating an easy-to-follow visual aid to go along with it. In short, you’re awesome😁

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INT. BIRDSEYE BED with WHITE DUVET at layer 3
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET shifts to -76 -44 in zone 1
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET scales to 1.000 1.000
@overlay 6282616010113024_WHITE DUVET to layer 3

This should work. Is this how it’s written in your script?
PS- You specified the layer in the first line, no need for the last line at all to be written.

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Awww, thank you! I’m happy to help :blush: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :hearts:

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Hey @TalGordin, I’ve been reading your story “Coding 101”, it’s so helpful. So, thank you for being the amazing teacher you are.
I know we haven’t got to the overlays part yet, but I’m trying to write a scene in my story, which contains ocean, scuba-diving, swimming, a cruise- I mean a few things related to the water. And I’m trying to use customized backgrounds and animated overlays for that so that the story looks more realistic. Can you please suggest me how can I do that? Thank you. :heart:

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Hi! Overlays are a really really long “subject” to teach, it’s not one command and we’re done. Overlays will be fully taught in the next lesson of C101, so I suggest that you either wait with that or try to use other existing guides online for now :hearts:

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Okay, thank you :heart:

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sleep_lay_uncomfortble_awaken and sleep_lay_uncomfortable_loop
these animations neither appear on the Animation Previewer nor while being added on the script

Have you tried to move your character up-down & side wise?

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I have moved my characters to their respective layers but still there’s a space between them while they hug
Its not like they are at different level
It’s like they need to close that gap inorder to hug
Kindly Help…

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Yeah, they need to stand closer to each other while hugging. My only advice is to spot them differently while they hug and spot them back to where they were when they stop!

Thank you so much! I finally got it.

MY CHARACTER SAYS THE DIALOGUE THAT THE OTHER CHARACTER SHOULD SAY. EVEN SAYS THE ANIAMATION…THE SCRIPT SHOWS NO ERRORS…WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM
&
WHEN I USE THIS ANIMATION CODE
@CHAR is any_animation_here
The Character does’t perform that animation

WHY DO I GET THE ERROR EXPECTED CHARACTER OR SCENE CHANGE?
I’VE GOT IT SEVERAL TIMES.
HELP PLEASE :sweat_smile:

Hey @TalGordin, I want to add sounds and music how should I do it? Whenever I add sound ( music name) it shows error why is this happening?

Send me that part in your script so that I can see what’s going on :heart: