Walking while talking is a special case of directing that requires special “looping” backgrounds. Looping backgrounds are harder for our artists to create, so we only have a few available. You can see a preview of these backgrounds in the Art Catalog, but you will only be able to see how they loop when playing through story through on your device.
- Go to the Art Catalog.
- Click the dropdown menu that says “Tag: All” and search for “Looping.”
- Browse the various looping backgrounds until you find one that’s right for your scene.
- Put the looping background in your script and save.
- Open your story on your device and play that scene to see how the looping background moves/works.
Construct a walking-and-talking scene by using a loopable background and making the character perform a walking animation. If you’re using Ink characters in your story, you’ll notice that you have “walk_talk_happy” and “walk_talk_phone” animations that make a character able to walk and appear to be speaking at the same time.
EXT. LOOPING TOWN SQUARE - DAY
@ANGIE enters from left to screen left
I think I will go for a walk!
The character is really just walking in place, but it looks like they are moving since the background is shifting behind them. However, if you have them stop (walking) and do another animation instead, this effect will break. So it is NOT suggested that you have characters walking and talking for long.