In this assignment, you are to create an interactive Macromedia Director Movie(s), and place it on the Web.
In essence, the assignment will be to create a parody of Brøderbund's "Living Books" CD series which are best sellers among kids. Several stand-alone, "projector" examples are available under the ACFSE course folder, or you can click visit the Living Books web site for some on-line examples.
First, a warning: Despite their rather syrupy nature, obviously many man months went into creating each title. They have original cartoons, original music, original sound effects, and semi-elaborate programming. I would suggest that you start with the images, then create the Lingo programming, and then add sound effects at the last moment. But keep the project containable within the time allowed.
Also, try to keep your files small (small to us is =< 200K; in the real world small is probably =<80K). However, you can cheat somewhat by dividing your presentation into separate movies which can be linked. Indeed, you can download one movie while the other is playing!
Your project is to create a two room (page) universe to explore called "The Computer Crypt." In each you will find several objects which can be click on, "rolled over," or dragged about. What kind of objects? Well, that is up to you, but they might include various computer paraphernalia combined with a "mad scientist" motif. Some might be haunted or possessed and fly about the room when clicked.
There is one object (your password on a discarded piece of paper) that if "picked up" and "brought" to the other room, will open the door to freedom. Basically, when you click on it, it will display text that announces that you now have it in your possession, and disappears from the scene by setting its sprite to invisible. When you "go" to the other room, it is visible in that room suddenly. When you drag it to the lock, or the computer screen, or whatever, the game ends in a victory.
Here are some elements you should include in each room:
Your movie should be broken into three pieces: An opening screen that is very short, and loads very quickly while the first room loads in the background; and a piece for each room. You can load room two in the background while room one is being played the first time.
When you turn in the assignment, not only post a copy of it to the web, but turn in a copy of the Director files on disk, with all of the scripts printed out. Make certain to comment your scripts.
The project is due on Tuesday, April 15th.
Thus, the URL for looking at your page (presuming that you have User ID "abc1234") would be:
In the Subject field of your message, please put the assignment number you are turning in.