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Standing Talk/Conversation Hack for Movie Makers (and Storytellers)

by decorgal21572 Posted 24th Aug 2006 at 1:13 PM - Updated 25th Nov 2010 at 9:20 PM by whiterider
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This talk hack is really designed for the movie maker (and storyteller) who films a lot of dialogue. When I film dialogue, I look for tone in talking/listening/reaction animations so that's I organized it. This hack does not have many submenus (2-3 at most). All of the selections have descriptions, or the best guess of what I think they look like, in order minimize ambiguity so you're not constantly replaying an animation to see what it looks like. Here is how the hack is organized:

Talk (straightforward talking, some moderate ones that would be ok for conversations; there may be some overlap in style but I didn't want one menu to be too long and the other short)
Moderate Talker (some body movement but not too cartoony)
Animated Talker (cartoony)
Argue Talker (self-explanatory)
Argue Listener (both defensive and concillatory)
Listen Negative (self-explanatory)
Listen (normal listening, not cartoony)
Reaction (postive and mild negative)
Reaction Neg (High) (reactions that are negative but dramatic)
Agree (normal to moderate)
Disagree (normal to moderate)
Topics (in-game topics, cartoony)
Talk String (includes 2 custom combination of debate talk animations, 4 custom combinations of the normal talking, animated animations, and moderate animation strings)
Misc (includes handslap guestures, speech whistle, pray- pulled from apologize, handshake)

For the handslap and handshake animations, you get 2 sims to chat and then cancel that out. Then pause and cue up whatever handslap animations (or handshake) you want for each sim. Then unpause. It might take a couple of takes because the sims switch the arm that they use but it will line up. If you're having trouble, try having only one sim run through the motions and then do both (you can usually synch them on the 2nd take).

The can be found in Hobbies...Miscellaneous and the picture is from my long-running talkie series Adventures in Dating (AinD) (shamelss plug-, click on AinD) since that's for what I primarily made it.

I hope the hack conceptually makes sense. I spent a lot of time tweeking the menus so that the animations would be easy to find when you're shooting dialogue or interactions. Most movie makers don't play that much so they usually don't know what "admire acceptee" looks like). I tried to include anything that would be useful and took out any animation that didn't work or was not useful. I tried my best to make the animations conceptually fit in their respective categories so hopefully they will make sense to you.

This was an ambitious project for my first hack but I really needed this. I plan on making a sitting/talk one and phone talk one next- both out of necessity.

Please test and give me feedback! Special thanks to JixsTS2 for providing helping me with the steps for hack making. The Custom Interaction tutorial by Echo was very helpful too! Thanks to all the people who did the preliminary testing for me (you know who you are)!

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 24th Aug 2006 at 10:03 PM
This is nothing short of absolute brilliance! ^__^ Decorgal, thanks. Your movies are great, too.
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 24th Aug 2006 at 10:16 PM
This is really great!! Makes things so much easier, thanks for your hard work!!

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Test Subject
#28 Old 24th Aug 2006 at 10:16 PM
This is amazing! thank you
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 24th Aug 2006 at 10:45 PM
Very awesome. I don't make movies (leave to that to the more talented half) but this could be very useful in my stories. Thanks a lot for sharing and I'll definitely be testing it out.
Lab Assistant
#30 Old 24th Aug 2006 at 11:21 PM
You are wonderful Decorgal, I love your movie site and it is a great inspiration for many of us beginners. Thanks for this Hack!
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 2:22 AM
Nice! I always prefer object hack.
Field Researcher
#32 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 2:27 AM
this is a great hack!

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Lab Assistant
#33 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 2:53 AM
this is so helpful! thank you so much!

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#34 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 4:58 AM
Originally Posted by decorgal21572
Woah! Thanks everyone! I'm so excited this got selected as featured mod. *jumps with joy*

You totally deserve this! Great job!!!

Field Researcher
#35 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 5:03 AM
Oh Decorgal - You are such an inspiring film maker, and now that you've created this, it's going to be a million times easier to work on my talkies!!

Thank you sooooo much!!!!! :moose:

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#36 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 6:13 AM
Thank you very much I will deff use this tommorrow when I continue writing my story! *lol* I was just thinking how I needed something like this tonight Thank you so much! :D

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Test Subject
#37 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 6:39 AM
Brilliant mod! Thank you so much for making this :D
#38 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 8:07 AM
Good job, decorgal, I think this is the right time for me for making movies too, this hack is so useful. Thank you, I'll test later today. Kiss and ciao.
Test Subject
#39 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 8:23 AM
Such a useful download; thank you
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 8:43 AM
Thank you for the hack, Decorgal, and congratulations on the feature. :D

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#41 Old 25th Aug 2006 at 10:13 AM
yup, I tested it out last night and it works perfectly in my game

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#42 Old 26th Aug 2006 at 7:06 PM
A fine idea ! Thanks ! It will be useful !
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 27th Aug 2006 at 6:05 AM
When I que up a reaction and such, my sims lips/mouth is not moving, they just stand there with a stupid grin on their face lol, anyone else having this happen?

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#44 Old 27th Aug 2006 at 6:15 AM
Originally Posted by SymplyTrish
When I que up a reaction and such, my sims lips/mouth is not moving, they just stand there with a stupid grin on their face lol, anyone else having this happen?

This might not have to do with the hack (or at least I hope) b/c that happens to me in the game once in a while. The sims get an expression like a grin and it gets stuck and their mouths don't move when they should be talking.

Is this happening consistently even after you exit the game and re-enter?

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Lab Assistant
#45 Old 28th Aug 2006 at 12:33 AM
This is more useful than I could ever really tell you, and something I've been wanting since I started playing The Sims 2. I used it last night and didn't experience any problems. The animations were described well and it was easy to use.

You're an absolute hero for making this! I scrapbook all my sims lives but sometimes it's too much of a hassle trying to do the animations manually, so I lose interest and don't play as much... But this will make it all better! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Test Subject
#46 Old 30th Aug 2006 at 10:48 PM
#47 Old 2nd Sep 2006 at 3:58 AM
Brilliant work Decorgal, thankyou for tweaking it and making it available to us, I appreciate it, definitely will come in handy for making films.

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Test Subject
#48 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 6:26 AM
Oh. My. GAWD! You have no idea how great this is for Sims 2 movie directors!! Thank you so much!!!
Test Subject
#49 Old 3rd Sep 2006 at 4:30 PM
This looks great! I can't wait to use it in my game.!
Forum Resident
#50 Old 4th Sep 2006 at 11:34 PM
We get amazing effects for the game! Thank you! I think there are several possibilities to use it in the game.
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