Animation Method

AfterEffects = best method?

  • IK Handles to move each limb in connection to the torso
  • Import original drawing onto program and connect to program to animate


Talk to Danielle after Digital Toolbox classes on Tues/Thurs at 2:30pm


The Face on the Mask: an ending by Tahnee

Things To Know Before Proceeding To Read:

  1. HIM wears the face of the person in a household who was killed.
  2. The STORYTELLER is one of the campfire kids who wears the NIMMY costume (mask of her face as she dies, her costume dress, and her bag of candy).
  3. Although the STORYTELLER (have yet to find a name for the boy) wears a mask, there are holes in the mask that reveal his fear.

The Face on the Mask

THE STORYTELLER walks with the rest of his friends before they part ways. He waves goodbye and turns towards the street as he drags the bag of candy on the concrete. The street lights go out. The street is completely abandoned with no one in sight. Far away in the background behind him, a single light goes on in front of one of the resident homes. A dark figure rises from the ground and turns towards the boy. The boy doesn’t turn around, but his eyes widen and water.


He struggles to find his breath. HIM stands near the lit lamp post as he continues to face in the boy’s direction. The boy takes a deep breath and quickly turns his body towards HIM. Again, he is completely alone on the streets. He sighs with relief and smiles to himself and continues to walk down the street, using his jack o lantern as a light source.

There is a hole in his bag of candy, but he doesn’t notice this as he stuffs his face with a chocolate bar. The candy trails behind him in front of people’s homes (serves as people leaving candy out for HIM). The boy makes it in front of his house and as he reaches for more candy, he discovers the hole in the bag. A shadow looms behind him. He turns and we see his petrified glare, his mouth covered with chocolate, which looks like dry blood. The mask is completely ripped from his face. There’s a knock on the door of his home. His mother approaches the door making a fuss “___, we were worried sick! Do you have any idea what time –.” She stops as she stares into HIM’s face. She screeches out in horror. We see the kid’s face gruesomely forced and plastered onto HIM’s face, his hands long and black with claws protruding out. HIM holds out what remains of the boy, an open head towards the mother. He innocently says “Trick r treat” in the boy’s voice. The boy face mask molds into the face of young NIMMY and fades out as we hear the mother’s blood-curdling screams and cries.

Trick r Treaters Character Designs

Skeleton Princess

Marie: a 9-year-old trick r treater who really wanted to be a princess and a ballerina, but always wanted to scare the pants out of everyone!

  • annoying little sister
  • desperately trying to sound cool and tough

The Demon-Clown

Joe: Trick or treater who combined the two things that scare him the most – evil demons and killer clowns!

  • brings the stolen candy to the bonfire that ultimately leads to their demise


NIMMY: greedy and glutinous little girl who doesn’t believe in the HIM legend and thus begins to steal HIM’s candy offerings from people’s front porches.

Silhouette NIMMY


Art Direction

Paper Cut-outs

  • moveable limbs
  • change eyes and mouth to make them blink and speak
  • Fabric materials applied to puppets to give three-dimensional feel to characters
    • Skeleton-princess –> tutu
    • Demon Clown –> balloons


Fireside Kids

  • Color
  • Detailed (in complete contrast to simple look of HIM story)

The Story Within the Story

  • Black Silhouette
  • Colored background
    • The Rules (orange)
    • HIM’s appearance (red)
    • Nimmy’s Demise (purple/blue/nightsky color with white dots for stars)

Peri Banu, ruler of the islands of Wak Wak, with her maids in The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Still courtesy of Milestone Films.


Transition Ideas:

  • Mask of the Storyteller Kid will be symbolic of the HIM story
    • either how Nimmy looks or how HIM likes
    • The Goonies title card?


Friday Night Fright Fest: HIM

Pan from left to right to kids trick or treating and running around in their Halloween costumes. Then see 2 little kids wearing Halloween costumes sneaking out of the side window and into the night. They run into the woods where they meet up with 2 other kids in costumes.

Sam: Sorry I took so long guys! My parents were being lame about the curfew. They wanted me to be back before 11pm.  It’s Halloween! I had to sneak out just to get here.

Lindsay: Yeah! And they kept all our candy! (under her breath) I worked hard for those.

Sam: Oh yeah and I had to bring my sister. She swore she’d squeal if I didn’t bring her along.

Lindsay: I’m a skeleton princess ballerina!

Moonie: And what are you supposed to be? One of the Bee Gees? Haha!

Sam: Shut up. I’m all the classic monsters in one!

Moonie: Of course you are. But umm, I see your problem there and it makes sense! If you consider HIM (putting flashlight on his face)

Dean: Obviously your parents want to make sure you come home on time and took all your candy! Halloween is the night HE comes to visit.

Sam: The night WHO comes to visit?

Moonie: You mean, you don’t know?

Moonie and Dean look at each other.

Dean: Why do you think we wear costumes, get candies and treats, and parents have curfews?

Sam:  I don’t know, because it’s fun and parents enjoy spoiling our fun?

Dean:  Because of HIM.

The story:

  •      Trick or treating and the Halloween event itself is created because HE comes around to people’s homes at 12pm on the dot to knock on people’s homes.
  •      Must answer the door. If you fail to do so, you’re never seen again.
  •      Upon answering the door, you must state all your wrong-doings and cannot tell a lie. Should you tell a lie, you are corrected. Meaning, you are no longer the person you once were, but a blindly obedient, emotionless being.
  •      The home must be decorated and treats must be left outside of the door to welcome HIM. All household members must wear a costume representing his/her respect for the dead.
  •      Upon answering the door, one must lower one’s face and not make direct contact with the demon.  One should NEVER look into its eyes.
  •      The more and bigger the bad deeds, the more treats and gifts are owed to HIM. What you owe as punishment.
  •      Even little kids have to face up to HIM, but it was said that he was pretty nice to kids. That is except for the time a girl named Nimmy, the first girl to ever come back past curfew and then look into HIS eyes
  •      Nimmy (Nimmy = Nimis = gluttony or excessive eating)(yes, she’s a chubby little girl with candy all over her face haha)was tricking or treating but wasn’t satisfied with the amount of candy she got. She had enough to give HIM but she decided she wanted some for herself this time. She went further and further into the neighborhood but people started closing their doors, leaving their treats out for HIM.
  •      Nimmy upset that everyone stopped giving out candy, decided to take those treats, eating some and stuffing others in her bag.
  •      The town’s clock rang indicating it was now 12pm. The lights go out in all the homes and street lights. At the end of the road, we see one of the street lights go one. Out of the woods comes a giant, dark silhouette. She hides.
  •      Once the lights go in inside the home and the door opens, Nimmy books it toward her house, but realizes how far she had gone. One by one the lights start to go on down the road.
  •      Still insistent on dragging the bag of treats she collected. She stops to rest by a neighbor’s lawn. The curtains part and a little boy looks at her in sympathy and horror.
  •      Suddenly, a scream is heard not far from the little boy’s home.
  •      “But we had them! We left out treats!” The figure rushes into the home.
  •      Nimmy looks at her bag and realizes what she’s done. She looks at the boy at the window who now looks at their empty plate and he looks back at her.
  •      Nimmy drops the bag and runs to her home. She finally makes it and pounds on the door. Her mother comes out with a veil over her face.

(to be continued)

Flow Chart for story line concepts: StormBoard for Story

Animation Styles

Research on the different types of Animation techniques to work on:

Cut-Out Animation: stop-motion technique for producing animations, using flat characters, props and backgrounds made out of different materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs

  • Video Examples:

Lumage Animation: a form of cut-out animation. Where pellon paper is the primary paper used. The light table underneath the background is on, giving the image a stain glass look.

Example: Twice Upon A Time: The Movie That Time Forgot (Part 1)


The Icebook by Davy & Kristin McGuire

  • The Icebook is the world’s first projection mapped pop-up book, a theatrical installation depicting a silent fable through a combination of paper pop-ups, projection mapping and music.  A projection is beamed onto the book’s pages, the paper comes to life as if by magic and a dark, atmospheric story unfolds about a man on a journey through the wilderness.

A Silhouette Story by Anders Øvergaard

Stop Motion

FNFF: Nimmy & Greed/Gluttony

So I created an original urban legend (or scary tale really) which I posted on the Halloween Story Ideas Google doc so you can read it there. I don’t have an ending yet because there are many directions I want to go with and am currently trying to find the best one.

But! The character of Nimmy (Nimmy = Nimis = gluttony or excessive eating) is going to be a chubby little girl who single-handedly ruins an important Halloween ritual because of her greediness and faces HIM.

Now, because she’s greedy I’ve gotten this as research and found that it certainly applies to the story,  especially the quote on greediness.

Should we have her dressed like a frog with the color yellow incorporated (for greed) or go with something completely different? This would definitely bring the kid friendliness to the animation, but is it too obvious?

Also, I don’t know if this is too dark or morbid, but once someone in the family is killed off  the whole family needs to wear an article of clothing from the person and a mask that looks like their face for the next year.

Let me know what you think!