The Big Idea
You're the writer, director and producer. Build your own story by choosing actors, picking a setting, and developing your plot. You're in total control!
Plan Your Story
Plan out your story using the Story Worksheet and ensure your story includes all of the mystery story elements (problem, characters, setting, plot, clues, conclusion). Your story should answer most of these questions:
- Who was Scratch Cat with?
- What happened?
- When did Scratch Cat disappear?
- Where did Scratch Cat go?
- Why is Scratch Cat missing?
Watch the example movies and even browse other movies on the Scratch website to get a feel for how Scratch movies work.
Build Your Storyboard
Complete a storyboard for your movie to help plan the story sequence and required graphics for your movie.
Pick a Format
Will the reader control your character’s movements (game style)? Will your characters move and speak according to a fixed time (story format)?
Build Your Movie
- Find appropriate pictures for your setting and import them into your Scratch stage as backdrops.
- Find pictures or graphics for your actors and create sprites in Scratch for each one.
- Decide how you will switch scenes. Will your scenes run 1 minutes each or will the reader need to click on a button or actor to continue.
- Build your scenes by hiding and displaying the appropriate sprites (actors) and backdrops.
- Type your story as narration boxes or “Say” blocks where appropriate. See instructions for building narration boxes and using “Say” blocks.
Test, Test and Test
- Play your movie after each scene to ensure everything is running properly.
- Make sure your movie answers all of five questions on the story checklist.
- Fix any problems you find (also known as bugs) and rerun your movie until everything works according to your plans.
Share Your Movie.
- Share your movie on the Scratch website
- Post a comment in the Scratch is Missing Studio to include your movie in the studio. We will post links to our favorite remixes on this website.