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Multiple Animator Projects (commonly known as MAPs) are collaborative projects by numerous Scratchers that each contribute a short animation to the project.
MAPs are usually set to music or audio clips which have been sliced into shorter segments, although some MAPs do not have background audio. Each project member is responsible for animating their assigned part. Once each Scratcher has completed their part(s), the creator of the original MAP puts all parts into a single project.
Types of MAPs
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There are many different types of MAPs; here is a list of some types:
Users participating in a palette MAP can only use certain colors.
Users participating in a lineart MAP draw lineart only, not a completely colored animation. Lineart MAPs can also consist of a palette.
Users participating in a fandom MAP use fandoms in the animation, or characters from a popular movie, book, TV show, or video game, such as Doctor Who, Warriors, Undertale, Gravity Falls, My Little Pony, etc.
Users participating in an OC MAP are only allowed to users their OCs, or Original Characters. OC MAPs may or may not allow fandom OCs, depending on the rules of the MAP itself.
Users participating in a scripted MAP are only allowed to animate what the user hosting the MAP "scripted" for them, or told them what to animate.
Users participating in a PMV (or Picture Music Video) MAP don't 'animate', they draw scenes in pictures. They might animate part of the pictures moving slowly.
Users participating in a vent MAP let out their strong emotions in their part(s).
Users participating in a spoof MAP make fun of an audio or song.
Users participating in a sketch MAP only sketch for their parts.
Users participating in a silhouette MAP draw silhouettes for their part(s).
24 Hour MAP
Users who participate in a 24 hour MAP have only 24 hours to complete their part. There are also 36 and 48 hours MAPs. Those MAPS have the same rules, only different time spans.
Creating a MAP
Although a MAP might take a while, hosting one is fairly simple. There are many ways to host one, but here is the most common way to make a MAP.
First, the creator needs to find music or audio they would like the collaborators to animate to. This audio could be anything, from their favorite song, to a scene from a movie they've watched. Either way, the audio must follow the Community Guidelines and not contain any words that are inappropriate for Scratch. Most MAPs are 40 seconds-4 minutes long, but remember that the longer the audio is, the more likely the final project is to go over the data limit.
The creator of the MAP normally makes a project or forum post with all of the sliced parts, information about the MAP, and other rules. The creator often uses a script similar to this to play the parts and show which part is being played:
when gf clicked show variable [Part # v] set [Part # v] to (first part) repeat (# of parts) play sound (Part #) until done // make sure the sounds are only named numbers! change [Part # v] by (1) end
Other information the creator often puts in the project include a “code word” to show that someone has read all of the rules, a sprite limit (to prevent lag), and lyrics to the song.
Making the Final Project
Once an animator has finished their part, the creator backpacks the sprites the animator used and adds them to another project. When all parts are completed and in the project, the creator shares the project so others can see the completed MAP.
- Completed MAPs! — a studio where Scratchers can add their completed MAPs
- Open MAPs — a studio full of MAPs that other animators can join
- Guide to Hosting a MAP — a project that gives a detailed description on making a MAP
- Why We Love MAPs — a Scratch Team blog post celebrating MAPs