Hi Holley! I come to you for advice: I'd really like to start telling a story with the Sims 2 (I have a few scenarios already kinda written in my mind) but I'm afraid this project might be too big for me. Can you maybe please tell me how you work for your Dossanina Story? If not, it's alright, totally understandable :) By the way, I follow your story avidly, it's better to me than a tv show :) Hope you have a nice day!
Thank you Anon! That is a great compliment. It made my day. I really am still amazed people enjoy my story.
I’ll be honest though. Sim stories can be a lot of work. It all seems so easy then it can take on a life of it’s own. That being said, I am NOT discouraging you from starting one. They are also a great outlet for creativity and can be a lot of fun, despite the work.
As for my own process, it’s kind of developed over time.
Maybe most people don’t know that my Dossanina is a prequel to my gameplay neighborhood Just Pleasantview. It was supposed to be a short look at Don and Nina’s history. However, like I said earlier, these things can take on a life of their own. Back then I would take pictures first, and then “caption” them. That worked fine, because the story was based on gameplay. I mean, yes, I had a general idea about what I wanted to happen but, it was not a completely written out/posed thing.
As I got better at writing, better at posing, I need to change my process. Currently I have a list of things I want to happen, that constantly gets added to. I have a rough timeline, where I place all the things in a somewhat organized fashion (it really isn’t organized tbh. I’m not really an organized story teller). I write out a whole scene now before I start filming the scene. I personally think this has made my story better. I tend to catch inconsistencies more at least.
As for picture taking…
I’m sorry to say this is simply practice, practice, practice.
There are some tutorials out there with tips. Off the top of my head I can think of a few by @whattheskell.
These are a good place to start. Your own process can naturally evolve from these tutorials. Like I said, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Well, that’s it Anon. Hopefully I provided you with some good information. Good luck with your story!
EDIT: There is one more tip I want to mention. Saving Camera angles while filming can be very useful. If you didn’t already know how, in camera mod [tab] you can save angles by hitting the ctrl+5-9 keys. Then when you are in camera mod you can simply hit the number you saved your angle and the camera will go to it automatically. Hopefully that makes sense.
Also, feel free to message me anytime! I am super nice and like to think I am helpful. I love talking about sims storytelling, so feel free to use me as a resource, if you wish.