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Creating character and set lists (Story Plus only)

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Video: Creating character and set lists (Story Plus only)

Once you've set up a new project, you'd think the next would be to start creating your Scripts. But I would suggest to do something in between the Project Creation and the Script Writing, and that is create lists, specifically create Character and Set lists because when you do that, it makes the script writing go much more smoothly. If you have your Characters created in advance then as you write your Script and start putting down a character's name, then Story will do what's called Auto Complete and put in that Character's name, keeping you from let's say putting in Rob when you must say Bob something like that and inadvertently creating extra characters.

Creating character and set lists (Story Plus only)

Once you've set up a new project, you'd think the next would be to start creating your Scripts. But I would suggest to do something in between the Project Creation and the Script Writing, and that is create lists, specifically create Character and Set lists because when you do that, it makes the script writing go much more smoothly. If you have your Characters created in advance then as you write your Script and start putting down a character's name, then Story will do what's called Auto Complete and put in that Character's name, keeping you from let's say putting in Rob when you must say Bob something like that and inadvertently creating extra characters.

So I want you to create a Set List and a Character List first, and you can do this only inside Story Plus just to make sure we're clear on that. If I go to Story Free, Story Free you're going to be notice that Manage Lists option is grayed out, you cannot create lists like this inside Story Free. So back to Story Plus, there's the Manage List button up there inside the Projects View, click on that, and you'll get three things here Character List, Actor List and Set List What you do is you create these lists, and then assign them to a project.

You assign them to the existing create project, whatever you are project you're residing in. So you can create multiple lists. But if you want to have multiple sets of characters, you need to make sure the project that you're going to work on with those characters is open at that time. So we got the Test Project open now, so when we assign these lists, they will be assigned to the Test Project. I want you to make a Character List and Set List. The Actor List is not so critical. It just is a way to put the actors and connect them to the characters, and that's helpful down the road when you do pre-production planning and want your actors to know when to show up for the set, but for our purposes, we need to create a Character List and a Set List.

We'll start up creating a new character list, and I'm going to call it the Test project list, something like that. Test project characters, and now I need to create some new characters, I'll go to new one and the new character will be Bob Jones. And notice that when I start typing Bob down below here, it's uppercase. Whenever you work with character names inside a script, they are always uppercase. So the screen name is what shows up inside your script. So you want the first name to show up or the last name, or do you want a custom name.

So I click this dropdown list, and we will go with LAST NAME, So Jones will be the name that will show up inside our Script, okay that's one guy. Let's create one more now. We'll create, say, Mary Smith. Here we go. I put the two together, and so I can't select the first name, so I need to put Smith as her LAST NAME, and there we go. Now, we can say--let's say the last name will be that person. Okay, let's add a new one. Let's say Boy, so that's just a name there, okay. And let's have another one called Dog, something like that, and now we've got four Characters for this very deep moving play we're going to make.

So I'm going to click OK. That puts those four names into that list. That list, though, is just floating off in space. We need to assign it to this project. We will do that in a second. We will go down to create the Set List first. Then it will say Create a New Set List, call this one the Test Project sets like that. You need to create a new set, so we will have-- let's say BEACH--and just go on to the next one. If I press Enter, it's going to close this down, so I just need to click up here to get a new one.

We'll call this one LIVING ROOM. Notice it's always uppercase. I can try to type lowercase, and it won't work. It's only going to be uppercase because Set Names are always uppercase inside Scripts, and we'll say PARK, there we go, so we have 3 sets here. And now I could add an image if I wanted to here and back with the characters, these images are attached to a link, to a website, and so it's not like a photo that's on your hard drive, it's something that's online. So I don't really have any images online that I am going to link to right now but you could if you wanted to.

So we are going to say OK. Now we have these two lists, Test project characters, and Test project sets, and I want now to connect them to this Project. If I had a bunch of Lists here in this dropdown list--if I just turn to them so I've got this Example script characters there-- I can select them as well one at a time. I am going to take these two here, Test project, Test project, and then say Assign, and it will assign to the Test project, like so. Now they are assigned, and what that means is if I start a New Script--and I'll explain this in an upcoming movie--but let's say if I start a new script here and just say, yep, create a new script using a film template-- scrolling down here a little bit--and I just start typing, I get to do the interior--that's automatic inside Script writing--but the next one will show me the three sets that we put in there, very convenient, type B, and then press Return, and that's BEACH.

Back up, put a space and a hyphen, space, it's going to say, okay, time of day. Well, that's something that's built in, so I will just say AFTERNOON. And that is how you do this. Now let's say I want to put in the Characters Name, I press Tab. I'm going to go--let's say--J, and it's Jones, or if I go B, it'll be Boy, or I have got the dropdown list, then I can select somebody like that. It makes things go much more smoothly if you create Set and Character Lists in advance.

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