As a reminder from the Beginner Directing Guide, you can add a foreground element that lies over any characters to any background - we call these Overlays in our catalog. This is done with the format:
INT. DUTCH CAFE - DAY with TABLE CAFE
You can also change the size of the overlay, the coordinates it is placed at, and the zone it starts in. The entire set of code for this is:
[BACKGROUND] with [OVERLAY] to [scale] [X] [Y] in [ZONE]
INT. DUTCH CAFE - DAY with TABLE CAFE to .8 50 100 in zone 2
- Overlays are placed at a coordinate based on their lower left corner. So 1.0 0 0 places the overlay in the lower left corner of the screen.
- You do NOT need to state a scale, coordinates, or zone. If you do not, the overlay will be placed in its default position in zone 1 (and sometimes spills into zone 2. This will be a placement that we at the Episode Team feel is an “ideal” spot for this overlay.
- IOW: You should not need to use the scale, X, Y, or ZONE unless you want to place it in a zone other than 1, and/or want to change it’s default size.