Scenes & characters

Select a Scene

The Scene Selector is home to Plotagon’s 200+ original 3D scenes. Scroll down to see the scene categories, and scroll across to see the available scenes within each category.

  • Click the Scene icon. 

  • Click the “SCENE” text to launch the scene chooser. 

  • Choose the Scene that you wish to use in your script. When you return to the Script Editor, you will see the scene in the preview window.

Scene Selector notes:

  • If a scene has a down arrow, then click on the scene to download it from Plotagon’s servers.

  • If you know what scene you want, type the name into the Search bar at the top.

  • To exit the Scene Selector without choosing a scene, click the icon at the top-right hand corner.

     

Choose Characters

Most scenes can accommodate up to two characters, though a few scenes can only have one character. Once you add your scene, you will see either one or two lines that read “Character is” followed by a location within the scene. Example:

Image showing the chosen scene in a script.

To add a character, click on the word “Character” to launch the Character Selector.

Plotagon’s Character Selector displays two kinds of characters:

  • Standard, ready-made characters that Plotagon ships with the application. 

  • The custom characters that you make on your own using the Character Creator.

If you know which character you want to place into a scene, you can type the name into the Search bar at the top of the screen.

If you don’t want to have a character in the scene (or only want one character), then click the X icon.

Select the characters’ locations

Once you choose your character, that character will appear in the video preview window. To change the character’s location in the Scene, click the text that appears to the right of the character’s name. Example:

Image showing how to choose a character's location in a scene.

Each scene includes several preset locations from which to choose. Note that two characters cannot be in the same location in the same scene.

Extra characters

Certain scenes also let you include extras. These are non-speaking characters that exist in the background. If you see the text “Without extras”, then it means extras are available in the scene. To include these extras:

  • Click the text “Without extras”.

  • Change it to “With extras”. 

  • The text will change to say “With extras that are “Non attentive”.

Extras can be either non attentive or attentive. Non-attentive extras will ignore any conversation between the main characters and instead look away (generally minding their own business). These are better suited to restaurants and cafes.

Attentive extras will follow whatever dialogue you write and look at the character that is speaking. These are ideal for scenes like office meetings or classroom lectures. To make your characters pay attention to the conversation, click the text “Non attentive” and change it to “Attentive”.

Image showing how to choose if extras are attentive or non-attentive.

Interactions

If characters are sitting or standing next to each other, then they can have physical interactions like handshakes and high fives. To insert an interaction:

  • Click the Interact icon, and a new item will appear that reads “Character acts on Character”.

  • Click on the first “Character” text and choose which of the two characters in the Scene will initiate the action.

  • Click “acts on” and choose the desired action from the list.

Image showing the interaction options between characters.

If you receive the message “Target is too far away”, then move one or both of the characters to new locations within the Scene so they are close enough to interact.

Some of the Interactions, like “High five” and “Slap” offer matching Sound effects. Place the Sound effect before the Interaction for best results.

 

Text Plate

A Text Plate is ideal for titles or credits and will produce white text on a black background. To insert a Text Plate: 

  • Click the Text Plate icon.

  • Type the text that you want to appear onscreen.

  • Choose if you want it aligned to the left, right, or center. 

You can also have a character read the text aloud. Click the text “silent” and choose a character from the list of available characters.