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Per Holmes
Jan 22, 2023
Apple doesn't make it easy.
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How to remove camera in shot description
In Shot Designer
Per Holmes
Jan 01, 2023
Hi, We've avoided having scene numbers in the scene at all. We can discuss the wisdom of that original choice, but that's how the app operates. People put scene numbers into the name of the scene, e.g. "38B Gas Station Scene". The shots themselves inside the scene are A-B-C or 1-2-3. It's only that the scene number is redundant when you're working within the scene. Then it's more about shots and versions. Part of the resistance to having the scene number inside the file is that sync operates on whole scenes. This is easy to do, and the reason everyone has free sync without any subscription. But it means that if you wanted to change the number of scene, you'd have to both change the filename and the data inside the scene. And since it's common to start one scene based on another, the inner data in the scene will never get corrected, and will need a ton of babysitting, and will always be out of sync, resulting in unreliable information for the majority of the user base. The 3D version we're working on is database driven, and things like scene numbers are kept outside the scene. Then we're freer to suddenly change the scene number, and we're also freer to make numbering systems that bake the scene number into the shot number. It's just that if it isn't automatic, it'll implode. There's no "freestyle" numbering method in the app. All scene numbering is internally integers. This is so we keep the ability to reason about scene numbers, i.e. sort, filter, export.
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How to remove camera in shot description
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Screenplay to Novel
In Causality Story Sequencer
Per Holmes
Dec 13, 2022
It's a pity we don't yet have a feature that's coming in the next year, which is the ability to have multiple expressions of the same script side by side, e.g. a screenplay version next to a novel version. I don't think you should be doing a workflow of building a novel in a separate lane. Presumably, the story is the same, with just some beats added or disabled. So you should work with the beats as they are, and simply change the text to novel. Now, about the text formatting itself, we're in a weird middle state where documents have a "type", either a screenplay or a novel. As I said, in the future, these will just be separate documents shown side by side. Screenplays will have screenplay formatting, and novels will have novel formatting. But for now, the entire document is *either* a screenplay or a novel, so you won't be able to gradually transition to novel. And you can't even change the mode, because we were expecting this side by side feature to roll out sooner, so there aren't facilities in the app to convert between document types. It's something we can do for you, or instruct you how to do. It's a major omission, and not pretty. So I'd suggest that you stay in a screenplay format for a while, and write all your work as action lines. You can also go into paragraph styles and change the style for action lines so they look like novels, e.g. Times New Roman, first line indent, no space after paragraph. That way, you can transition the text to something that looks and feels like a novel, while actually still being a screenplay.
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