A scene is a frame that makes up a project. A scene can serve many different purposes; it can show dialogue between characters, the motion of objects or characters, or an interaction between the user and the project. Looking back to the storyboarding analogy, a scene is one of the boxes that show what happens within the project.
The only way to create a new scene is within the project dashboard. On the dashboard is a snapshot of each scene within the project, as well as a blue icon that says New Scene.
Single click on the New Scene icon and a short explanation of the scene building options appears. The Layout, Scriptor, and Play features are introduced. These features will be described in greater detail in other chapters.
A single click on the screen to continue to the Scene Builder.
Within the Scene, Builder is the option to add various assets and characters to the scene. By changing backgrounds, or adding characters and objects to the scene, assets provide depth to the scene. Assets can be divided into three categories: backgrounds, objects, and interface.
In this section, only the background and objects will be addressed. The interface will be explained further along when discussing advanced topics.
To access the assets, click on the Assets tab. The Assets tab, when selected, will be yellow with black text. Select the desired asset type from the drop-down menu.
Navigation throughout the assets is simple as well. At the bottom of the selected asset type are the navigation options.
Click on the number to move to the corresponding page of assets. If the user knows what page the asset is on, the navigation arrows on either side of the numbers will quickly move throughout the pages. Scroll through the pages to find the desired asset, then click on that asset to add it to the scene.
Once the asset is added to the scene, the asset can be resized by selecting any one of the corners or sides. The asset can also rotate using the wheel located on the right side of the asset.
Backgrounds are an important feature when developing a scene in a movie or TV show. Backgrounds are used to enhance the story, draw emotion from the user, or to set up the movement of the story. StudyCrafter has a deep inventory of scenes that would allow for the creation of nearly any scientific experiment.
Each of the sixteen pages of background assets has ten backgrounds, for a total of 160 different backgrounds. Section 4.5 discusses how to search for a specific background.
Objects are items that enhance the background. Objects provide depth to the background by providing further development of the chosen background. Objects also are items that characters can interact with. StudyCrafter has an extensive library of object assets; 48 pages totaling 480 object assets. Section 4.5 discusses how to search for a specific object.
Characters provide an additional layer of depth to a scene by creating assets that will interact with the other assets in the scene. Characters can move throughout the scene or can interact with each other through the use of dialogue.
To add a character to a scene is identical to adding any other asset to a scene. First, click on the character tab. The tab is selected with it is yellow with black text. There are 14 pages of character assets for a total of 140 potential characters. The characters are either standing or sitting, male or female, or of various races. Scroll through the pages to find the desired character, then click on that character to add it to the scene.
Once the character is added to the scene, the character can be resized by selecting any one of the corners or sides. The character can be rotated using the wheel located on the right side of the character.
To search for an asset, locate the search bar, found in the upper left-hand corner of the Scene Builder. If searching for an asset, select the Assets tab. If searching for a character, select the Characters tab.
Both assets and characters all have specific keywords for faster searching. For example, if you want to search for a female sitting down, you cannot search for “Female Sitting”. StudyCrafter will not recognize multiple keywords searching in this version. It is suggested to search for “female” then scroll through the pages to find an appropriate character that fits in the scene.