Back Lot Island Guide

Walkthrough written by Samwow5 & Skyboy303
Special thanks to: Incredible Bubbles, Slanted Fish

When you first arrive on Back Lot Island, the paparazzi will be all over you until they realize you aren’t famous. They’ll run off to a celebrity named Willy Bingleman, who was going into Queequeg’s Coffee Shop (on the far right). Go inside the coffee shop.

Once you step inside, go talk to the raggedy man. It’s former child star Willy Bingleman!


He’s surprised you’ve never heard of him before. Leave the coffee shop, and go one building over to the left. It’s called One-of-a-Kind Talent Agency.

Once you get inside, go all the way to the right. There will be a woman at the desk. She says you look like a star, and if you pay a thousand dollars, she’ll help you get started on your career.


What!?! A thousand dollars? I don’t have a thousand dollars! But then she tells you to go to Harvey Scoops if you’re looking for money. Leave the building and head right to the next area: Sunrise Street.

Once you get there, head past the Chinese theater and souvenir shop until you get to a wall with a guy standing next to it. He says he’s Harvey Scoops!

He’s investigating the place because rumors have swirled that someone’s been working in there. Ask if you can help, and he says yes, you can climb the building and get a picture. He’ll give you a Telephoto Camera, but when you try to use it, you’ll realize something’s wrong with it.


Maybe someone else can tell us what’s wrong with the camera? Go all the way to the far left on Main Street, and you will see a guy with camera in front of the Celebrity Wax Museum. Click “Use” on the Telephoto Camera and he will give you some Camera Film.

backlot3Now, go back to where Harvey Scoops is, and climb the building beside him. Go to your items and click “Use” on the Camera Film to use it with the Telephoto Camera. Now, click “Use” on the camera and take a photograph of a man with a beard near the entrance of the movie studio.

Once you take the photo, you’ll feel an earthquake, and then you’ll fall into the back lot property.


After regaining consciousness, run right and click on the door to enter the stage.


When you click on it, the assistant director of the movie, Sofia, will come out. She asks if you’re security, and you say no. She’s happy about that because she doesn’t want the movie to be interrupted. Ask about the movie, and she says it’s being made by Carson Willis, the greatest filmmaker of all time, who has been missing. After you finish talking to her, enter the building.

Kirk Strayer

Once you get there, run left onto the stage, where movie star Kirk Staryer is acting. He gets mad that someone is always interrupting his scene, so he runs off with director Carson Willis chasing after him, trying to get him back so they can continue the filming. The cameraman will tell you that Kirk’s a jerk, but popular in the industry.

You're kind getting wishy-washy now.

After Kirk and Carson leave, follow them. Once you get outside, you’ll find the assistant director, Sofia, freaking out about the schedule, telling you to go get Kirk back. And… you get a sweet ride in the deal! Your very own cart! It’s all mine baby, it’s all mine! MWHAAAAA!

It's all mine baby, It's all mine! MWHAAAAA!

Now you’ll need to look for Kirk’s trailer. Drive straight down until you reach the far bottom wall, then turn around and go up to the right a little bit and you will see his trailer. Here’s what it looks like:


Getting the coffee

Once you get there, knock on the trailer door. Kirk Strayer will tell you to go away, but you ask him what it’s going to take to get him out of there. Strayer says he wants a Half-Caf Leviathan Latte-Expresso on the double, then throws a coffee cup down for you to pick up. What a diva.


Hop on your cart, and head back to Soundstage 1. Then go all the way to the left and open the gate so you can get out and fetch his coffee.


Run all the way back to Main Street, and enter one of the two Queequeg’s Coffee Shops to refill Kirk’s cup. The guy at the register will tell you he is out of that particular drink so you will have to choose another. Choose the coffee shown below (Espresso, Infant, Decaf) to get an Infant-Sized Coffee (decaf espresso).


Now exit the coffee shop and run to the left until you get to the other coffee shop. Talk to the lady at the register and she will also tell you she is out of that particular coffee. Order as shown in the picture below (Latte, Infant, Full) for an Infant Sized Coffee (full latte).


Now open your menu items and choose one of the Infant Sized Coffees. Pour both cups of coffee into the larger cup and you will have made the coffee that Kirk ordered – a Half-Caf Leviathan Latte-Espresso. Tadaah!

Go all the way back to Kirk’s trailer after you have done this. Knock on his door again and you will tell him you have his coffee. He’ll decide to return to the set to continue filming.



Jump back into the cart and go back to Soundstage 1. The director, Carson Willis, will ask you to help him with the camera since the camera guy won’t work overtime. Jump up the wooden stairs and click the camera. When using the camera, just make sure to keep Kirk in the middle of the screen at all times, or else you’ll have to start over.


Screenplay gone astray

Once you’ve finished filming, exit Soundstage 1 and jump into your cart again. Go all the way to the right until you get to Soundstage 2. Enter the soundstage and talk to Sofia, the lady there. She’ll tell you to go find Goldie, who’s supposed to hand over the screenplay.

Exit the soundstage and go back to Soundstage 1. Jump to the top of the building using the ledges on the left. Talk to the guy on top of the building, Goldie, and his precious screenplay will be blown away to Sunrise Street. See the instructions below for how to fetch the four pages.

backlot screenplay pages

First, go to Sunrise Street on the left and go back to the top of the teal building. There will be a Screenplay Page on the TV antenna on top of Juan’s Celebrity Souvenirs.

Continue left and get to the top of the Chinese theater building. To get to the top, use the red sides of the roof to help you bounce high enough. You will find another Screenplay Page on top of that building.

Keep going left until you get to the first Queequeg’s coffee house (right of the talent agency), where you should find another Screenplay Page on the neon sign at the top. Keep going left until you get to the Celebrity Wax Museum and the last Screenplay Page will be on the far left of the roof of that building.

Once you have all of the pages, go all the way back to the right and talk to Goldie on top of Soundstage 1. Give him the pages and jump back into your cart.

Go back to Soundstage 2 and talk to the lady again. Now it’s time to put the script pages in order. Open the scripts from your menu and rearrange them so that the third one is first, the fourth one is second, the first one is third and the second one is fourth.

Playing the part

Lead Actress

Over in Soundstage 2, Sofia will hand you an Actress Headshot and it’s your job to find someone that looks like famous actress Lacey Williams to play a lead in the movie.


Exit the soundstage, go back all the way to the beginning of the island, and enter the One-of-a-Kind Talent Agency. Give the lady at the desk the headshot. The lady at the desk will surprise you – she’s actually Lacey Williams!

Acting as the Navigator

Now head back to Soundstage 2. Once you get there, you will have to play the role of the navigator. Go to the left and jump up to change into costume.

  1. The first thing you say in the film is “But-”
  2. When it comes up, offer her a compass.
  3. Next, say “Safe journeys! I’ll never forget you!”
  4. After that, your last line is “Noooooo!”


Prop train

Now exit the soundstage and go to Soundstage 3 (located opposite of Soundstage 4 and to the bottom of the back lot road map). Enter the stage and talk to Sofia again. Now you will have to put together three puzzles to build a prop train. You’ll be given more than enough wood pieces, so there are multiple ways you can finish the puzzle, but here are some possible solutions:

Casting the cowboys

Once you’re done, run to the right, jump above the door, and grab a couple of cowboy hats – you’ll need a white one for the hero and a black one for the villain.

Now exit Soundstage 1 and go back to Main Street to find some actors. The first one will be in the first coffee shop – remember raggedy Willy Bingleman? Give him the Black Cowboy Hat (go to your items and click “Use” on it).


The second will be in the Digital Dreamscapes studio. He’s the guy wearing a motion capture (mocap) suit, who’s acting in front of a green screen. Give him the White Cowboy Hat.


Calling the shots

Head back to Soundstage 3. Once you get there, talk to Sofia again. You will now be the stunt coordinator. All you need to do here is press on the buttons that relate to whatever the director calls for: a tornado, a villain (hat), or a buffalo.


Gorilla gone wild

Once you are done, exit the soundstage and go to Soundstage 4, which is all the way to the right and down a bit. Enter this soundstage, and you will come just in time to see Kirk Strayer throw a tantrum about how he doesn’t want to be a gorilla. When he storms out, the director, Carson Willis, will offer you his role.

Click on the discarded ape costume and you’ll put it on. Hop onstage, and get ready for the role of a lifetime! Your task is to jump on the rooftops all the way to the top to collect the red balloon. Be sure to pop all the green balloons on the way.

While you’re jumping, cannons will be shooting at you, slowly lowering your “life” bar. You can destroy the cannons by hitting them, and you can smash the army men by landing on top of them. The toughest part has three army men roaming on a building; try to jump on all three of them at once. When you get the red balloon at the very top, you’ll be asked to do a graceful fall, and that’ll be a wrap.


Post Production

Once you are done filming, exit the soundstage and go to the Post Production building, which is the one across the street to the left.

Film Editor

Talk to the director and then head to the film editing computer to the left. You will have to cut some shots out. “Can you find the mistake? Scrub through each scene and locate the frame with the error, then splice it out with the razor.”


You’ll see three rolls of film. In each roll, there’s something that is off. The first one has a yellow banana, the second one has a boom mic in one shot, and the third one has stuffing coming out of the bear.

Use the bar at the bottom of each roll to move it forward or backward one frame at a time. When you see the mistake, click on the razor blade at the right. Then click and hold to cut between the green lines. Cut above the film cell and below it to splice it out. Do this three times to finish.

Foley Sound

Click on the director, who will tell you it’s time to add sound. Follow him into the sound editing (foley) bay to the right. Click on one of the sound effect props.

“Each of the scenes needs four sounds added at the right time. Click on the correct sound when you see the indicator flash on screen.” There are 16 sound effect (SFX) buttons along the bottom. In the middle is a rolling film. At the top is a digital screen which will flash and tell you which SFX button to hit.

First clip:

  1. Rain (rustling paper)
  2. Thunder (metal sheet)
  3. Balloon popping (balloon)
  4. Balloon hitting water (cup of water)

 Second clip:

  1. Fireplace (match and can)
  2. Plates rattling (plates)
  3. Bear growling (bear)
  4. Ghost moaning (ghost)

Third clip:

  1. Buffalo (buffalo)
  2. Horses galloping (coconuts)
  3. Train (brushes and whistle)
  4. Punch (paddle and meat)

Fourth clip:

  1. Airplane (fan)
  2. Kong landing on building (anvil hitting box)
  3. Gorilla howl (gorilla)
  4. Kong falling (bottle)

Once you are completely done editing the film, talk to Carson Willis again. He will give you Film Reels to take to the Chinese theater!


The Many-Splendored Zephyr

Head all the way back to the theater on Sunrise Street. Talk to Sofia, who’s standing outside, and ask about Carson, saying, “He’s a strange guy, what’s his deal?”

Enter the theater and run to the right, then jump up and use the seats to go all the way to the left to the projector. Use the film reels to insert the movie into the projector, and enjoy the show!

Once the movie is over, exit the theater and talk to Sofia once again. She will give you your Island Medallion and credits for the Store! Congratulations, you’ve completed Back Lot Island!


Bonus Quest (members only)

But wait…there’s a bonus quest to be had. Sofia tells you that a camera was left on in Soundstage 1. The bonus quest description is this: “Sneak into the studio and evade security to win a new prize in this island’s bonus quest! Plus, get a bonus prize pack of costumes and items.”

Enter the studio and go to Soundstage 1. Jump up to the camera to grab it. Just as you do, the Warren Sisters, who own Grand Majestic Studios, will catch you and accuse you of trespassing. You hightail it out of there.

Avoid Back Lot security

“Avoid and outlast the Back Lot security. Collect (rockets) for speed boosts. Collect (green balls) for extra protection.”

You’ll be in your cart and need to dodge the security carts that come after you. The trick is to just stay to the outside roads as much as possible. Don’t try grabbing the rockets or green balls, just keep moving. It’s a little challenging, but not super difficult.

Another tactic for finishing the bonus quest is to get a maximum of two carts after you and go to Soundstage 4. Make sure that the two boxes at the end get piled up on top of each other so that even if security pushes them over, they can’t get to you. Make sure you do this after you push yourself in there. They can surround you for about 15 seconds without them catching you, so you’ll have enough time to move the non-mobile cart. Voila!

The reward is a cool hand-held Movie Camera! Congratulations!

movie camera

Looking for more walkthroughs? Check out our Island Help page! :)


  1. Thanks to Samwow5 and Skyboy303 for their help in writing the Back Lot Island Guide, the full written walkthrough with cheats and pictures. The PHB hopes you find it helpful! :D

  2. Clean Shark says:

    Really, all I need is the instructions of how to put together props 2 & 3.

  3. Poptropica Secrets and author Skyboy303 both have guides,try using them too.

    Slanted Fish: Thanks for the tip. :)

  4. bannybaby2 says:

    my, how fast you have put together your guides!good job!
    thanks for putting it up so quickly!!!plz add me!

  5. i don’t think I’m in poptropica any more! Poptropica had some bad experiences trying to crack a joke recently, but that was funny!

  6. Shifty Walker says:

    omg i think bli (back lot island) will be so much fun! but im not a member:(

  7. wow, you put together this guide together fast. Thanks!!!!

  8. Clean Shark says:

    The Bonus Quest was easy. I escaped, headed to one of the soundstages, and the securety kept banging against the wall!

  9. Wow! It was like, one day I first heard about it and the next day it came out. Since I’m not a member I will have to wait 20 days until it comes out so that I can beat it. It sounds pretty easy. PATHFINDERS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Magic Onion says:

    Wow, shocking, no villain. Just, post-production. Huh..*Sigh*

  11. About the film:If it’s only 1 film,how do those 4 different plots (Kirk’s part,the Wild West one,King Kong and the pilot navigator one) fit in it?

    • Sleepy Feather *The Girl Who Waited* says:

      I wondered that too.

    • All those parts put together don’t really make sense, although it seems our character is the only Poptropican in the theater to realize that. However, the film title is “The Many-Splendored Zephyr,” so perhaps they’re just 4 different ideas for how splendorous the breeze (zephyr) is: wind blowing in the house in Kirk’s scene, while the cowboys ride their horses, when the gorilla is fighting airplanes, and the bad weather in the navigator scene.

  12. Shifty Walker says:

    in the bonus quest i would:
    1. run them out and make them dissapear
    2. just wait! (thinknoodles did it for 1 minute!)

  13. Please can nobody brag about how they beat the island! I’m very sensitive.

  14. Cant you say after you regain consciousness, you can say if your in early access and are non-member, the rest will be for members only.

  15. Hey! You might wanna check this out! (P.S. I named the clips)

    1. Horror in the cabin
    2. The wonder pilots: The terrible journey
    3. The western cowboy vs the train bandit
    4. King Kong returns

    What do you think of that?

  16. Incredible Bubbles says:

    Where do you go in the cart in the bonus quest?

    <3, Incredible Bubbles

  17. Incredible Bubbles says:

    Just try, try, try again.

  18. Renaldi Infernus says:

    say would anyone know how to save that king kong costume if youre nonmember


  19. Chilly Lightning says:

    I completed this island and reporters came chasing after me lol

  20. For some reason, in Back Lot Island, this random old man with a beard was standing there and above him it said Chat, Battle, Friend. It wasn’t even in the Common Room, he was just randomly standing there.

  21. Uuuuuuugh the gorilla is so uncoordianted. Fun island though.

  22. strangegost3 finale I beat big lot
    send this to poptraica blog

  23. Its nothing on the Top of the Chinese Building!!!

    • You’ll need to use the sides of the roof to help you bounce to the top, where there should be a screenplay page fluttering if you have talked to Goldie on top of Soundstage 1 and his film script has been blown to Sunrise Street.

  24. madalia1 says:

    Help I am having serious trouble cutting the films ! : 0

  25. hatersloveme4897 says:

    Yay!I solved the next day after it came out to members :P :D :)

  26. hatersloveme4897 says:

    Hey Zippy Turtle,whats your username?

  27. Gloria Huang says:

    I can’t seem to find Kirk’s trailer…

    Slanted Fish: There’s a picture in the guide if you need help locating it.

  28. ella02cool says:

    I finally finished it!! This guide is very useful! I already have exactly 5 islands completed.Thank you! :D -ella02cool

  29. i cant belive i did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. awesomeness says:

    I beat every single island so ask me any questions about any islands you need help with.

    • How do you blend the 2 coffees together?

      Slanted Fish: Open the infant sized coffee in your items and pour the contents of both cups into the larger cup.

  31. braybray says:

    help me i cant get in sound stage 3 it say “i should get kirks coffee”

  32. I beat the whole Island on the first day of opening without the guide.

  33. FLUFFY LOTTY PIE! says:

    Yeah… why wont the guy give me any film?

  34. If you Have the Fright Power, use it when the reporters run after you … They get scared and run away ..LOL…

  35. Madison says:

    Where is the camera

    Slanted Fish: Harvey Scoops will give you one. Read the guide for more details.

  36. PhineasIzzy says:

    Don’t you think at the end, the people with the cameras are sooo annoying?

  37. on the sound editing i’m on the pilot one i have for choices metal sheet, popping baloon,
    water thingy, and broken things

  38. love poptropica

  39. Golden Bubbles says:

    The reporter with red hair at the end said that your poptropician is a famous producer now xD I love the run over the papparazzi trick PhineasIzzy.

  40. Dangerous Boa says:

    If you go in Kirk’s trailer after he finishes filming, there are a couple costumes you can customize and some other stuff. Just a tip! :)

  41. Where is the old director?

  42. Khaki Whacki says:

    Doing this island…trying to finish

  43. i love it thxs to you I beat it add me on poptroica jamicanboy5

  44. Hmmm Do you guys know in the new part, before you go to the post producing after SS 4 you have to go to SS 2?


  46. getting on top of the movie theater is so hard AGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Well i’m the first time using this site,, Anyways,, Thanks a Lot! it really helped!! =)

  48. Film cutting is annoying

  49. Its kinda messed up to look at guides. I mean, the islands were created so it can make Poptropicans excited to see what the story is about. Not to reach to the end and earn a medal. If there’s a problem that you can’t figure out, YOU are supposed to figure it out, not the internet. I mean, what if there was no internet? And only your friends were there? What if your friends don’t even know what Poptropica is? Its common sense.

    • Btw u might be wondering: Then why are u reading this guide? A: Because, I was stuck and I almost looked at my problem from the picture until I noticed I didn’t need this. My brain has to do the work.

    • MagicGoldenFlower524 says:

      You do realize that if there wasn’t any internet, there wouldn’t be any Poptropica?

  50. I can’t complete the splice thingy. First, I completed the first one. Then, I tried the second one and it said, ” You cut outside the lines. Try Again.” Can someone help me?

  51. I made up a little story based on the scenes….nah. Bad idea

  52. SilverDolphinuser says:

    That was helpfull thanks

  53. Yellow feather says:

    Hi samwow5 your walk throughs help me so much sorry if this sounds creepy or to much like a fan girl but can you please friend me? My username is mmmmmmmmmmme ( yes eleven m’s)

  54. hgalloway2014 says:

    I love how you can put make-up on at Soundbooth 3! I have a blue star on my cheek right now!

    Also, one of the costumes in Kirk Strayers trailer is of Indiana Jones, he has 3 Oscars, and 8 coffees that you can see. His mirror also says “I am BEAUTIFUL!” and “I am the BEST!”

  55. Perfect Heart says:

    Hello i`m a newbie can anyone tell me how to do the bonus quest without being a member :D #FriendMe

    • Perfect Heart says:

      If It`s ok for all of you can you Friend Me

    • i do not think you can do the bonus quest with out being a member do not worry i am not a member also!

      • Charlie says:

        Kirk always gets stuck on a wall when I am filming him! After he goes back to the first floor stage, he lands on an imaginary platform, and when he goes right after that, he gets stuck on the wall.

  56. Cuddly Snowball says:

    Four plots in One film. It’s true, nobody cares about stories.

  57. friendly plug says:

    this is sooo hard filming kirk is imposible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Strange Typhoon says:

    Where’s the bearded man you have to take a picture of?

  59. Well, I got to the part where you cut the scene’s, and on scene 2, everytime I touched it with the razor he’d yell at me

  60. Orange Carrot says:

    I love this help blog and I completed 25 islans. :D Add me friend.

  61. Silver Whale says:

    How do you get to do make up in Soundstage 3? I tried to click in certain areas inside the soundstage but I just can’t figure out how to do it.

  62. CountryCake26 says:

    I finished this island by myself :)

  63. I am stuck at the gorilla part. Any tips?

  64. this is a super long island.

  65. Cool Octopus says:

    This was (of course! :) ) helpful, I can always count on u guys!!!!! I use this WEB evry time!

  66. cooper2021 says:

    yes thank u for the guide!!!!!!

  67. WOW :0

  68. Thnx Slanted for the guide!
    xxx sushisushi07

  69. Scary Snowball says:

    i found a thing AWESOME if u go in sound stage 2 go to the makeup plc and u get a beard of Ur choice

  70. cara david says:

    too hard

  71. pengy18120 says:

    maybe adding a little jokes wouldn’t hurt right.:) ;)

  72. Silver Fire says:

    When I got out of SoundStage #1 (the part where you have to film Kirk), I, without knowing I wasn’t supposed to, drove around in the cart. Then I checked the written guide to make sure I was doing it right, and I wasn’t. So I read the guide, and went on the roof to Goldie. I talked to him, but he DIDN’T lose his papers (even though he’s supposed to lose them). I know he’s supposed lose them! What is wrong? Maybe it’s just something with the computer, but there is a 70/30 chance of it being a glitch (not a good one) or a bug, the 70 being the part that it’s a bug/glitch. Please fix if you can!

  73. judyboy9 says:

    the latte is locked

  74. pinkkitten says:

    umm slanted fish i found a glitch where THE INFANT FULL CAPUCCINO ITEM CARD KEEPS APEARRING ON MY SCREEN.

  75. LOLerz28 says:

    Umm.. i just meant to ask,how old are you slanted fish/hi.Juyo?

    slantedfish: Older than most in the Poptropica community. ;)

  76. slantedfish, it didn’t work for me. why?

    slantedfish: What doesn’t work for you?

  77. Thanks for all your walk-throughs. They help a lot.

  78. Why does it take forever for the film to cut, or it that just me?



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