Script Flow: Beats, Camera movements and thoughts & ideas


-Long-Take: Film starts off bright-isn yellow. The camera then starts to slowly zoom out and reveals that the yellow is coming from the moon.

-The camera is panning down while zooming out slowly. An owl that is on a tree branch flies off into the night. Tree branches are passing as the camera is moving back. (ZO: 35%, PD: 65%)

-The PD and ZO now stops. Revealing a suburban neighborhood.

-The camera won’t have any lag time to switch from PD/ZO to panning to the left.

-While the camera is PTTL, we as the audience get the feel and mode of Halloween. Houses are decorated, jack o’latorns are lit and some kids are running around.

-At the very end of the house the camera continues to PTTL while the environment

-As the camera continues PTTL, at the very edge of the camera a rope made out of bed sheets drops down from the top-left corner of the camera.

-Two kids are descending the sheets as the camera is still PPTL.

-The kids are walking in the same direction as the camera as they descend into the forest. The kids being in the middle of the frame. Going the same speed as the kids.

-A tree trunk in the foreground coming from the left-side of the screen blocks the cameras’ view of the kids.

-Quick cut to a close-up on the kids.

-Close-Up Shot: More of a handy-cam feel. The camera slides up-right or down-left on who ever is talking at that moment.

-Bickering is hapening between the little sister and the older brother.

-(The older brother eventually stops and turns towards his little sister. “You better not  )

-The older brother eventually says to hurry up, that they’re going to be late…

-Shot of the kids coming in-between some trees, where they stop to look where the light was coming from.

-Far-off shot:

-Fire is burning on a bunch of cut wood.

-A figure turns in the direction of the camera.

-Back to the shot where the kids come in-between some trees:

-The kids come down to where the fire is.

-Back to Far-off shot:

-The kids pass the camera going in the direction of the figure.

-The figure gets up and heads over to them.

-Close-up shot:

-The big brother greets the figure, who happens to be a classmate, from the other side of town.


Get high on Pixie Dust candy? (Maybe slightly older kids/Senior grade kids reflecting us the students now).

-Really weird, somewhat hallucination scene.

-Tripping moments.

-References to other student films.

-Slowly they die from this.

-Someone’s head gets cut off, that person is still laughing hysterically.

-Live action of the animators animating their existence.

As Him is being described, we have the Him character full screen. The other kids then add more things to Him. As they are adding more things to Him, we see the additions on Him.

-Simple character, eventually becomes a weird creature.

More centered on the kids than Nimmy.


Horror Genre

“The heart of horror is unknowability…because we don’t know what it is because we can’t experience it until it is too late”

Explore different approaches to the horror genre. We take a look at the different styles between Japanese horror stories/movies and Western.

Japanese vs. Western Horror 

  • Western story: plot is moved forward by the character’s goals
    • Episodes are steered by subgoals that the protagonist needs to accomplish in order to conquer his/her main goal and the successes or failures of that character in meeting those goals determine the outcome
  • Japanese story: guided by a series of actions and reactions that lead a character to a thematically significant resolution.
    • Causality rather than conflict
    • Stories moved based on character actions (or actions outside of the control of the characters) and the motivations are often irrelevant or not elaborated upon
    • 2 types of paths:
      • Action and reaction structure
        • Character’s own actions and the universe’s reactions to them drive the story to a conclusion that may or may not have anything to do with character goals
        • Creates a sense of helplessness in being subjected to an uncaring reality
      • Complex action and reaction structure
        • Where character goals come into play; usually the antagonist’s goals that drive the story
          • a bad character has a goal path that comes into direct conflict with the protagonist, setting events into motion that lead to an ending
        • The conclusion:
          • Japanese story ends with “events and/or emphasis”
            • Can conclude with plot events or end with “emphasis” (it just ends)
              • Emphasis of the virtues or ideas displayed in the story
            • Western model ends with a resolution
              • Ends with pronounced belief-based morals
            • The viewers must sympathize and be able to imagine themselves in the plight of that character
              • A series of actions and reactions begins to unfold around them that puts these characters in peril
            • Initial action starts the character’s journey
              • Something they do themselves or an action by someone (or something) else that directly affects them
            • Structure of Story: kishotenketsu
              • 4 act structure that contains:
                • Introduction: of topic, setting, characters, etc.
                • Development: elaboration
                • Twist: changes way all the info is perceived
                • Resolution: answers the questions raised by the twist in a way that situates the story’s plot
              • The twist changes the paradigm and makes the prior events scary when before they were innocuous

Kishotenketsu examples:

The Licked Hand

Intro (起): A young girl is home alone with only her pet dog for comfort.

Development (承): She hears on the news of an escaped convict and becomes frightened. She is too scared to go to sleep without letting the dog lick her hand from beneath her bed.

Twist (転): When she awakes she discovers that her dog is dead and has been the entire night.

Conclusion (結): She finds the words “HUMANS CAN LICK TOO” written in blood.


HIM’s Halloween Rules Video!

When the STORYTELLER tells us the rules of Halloween for The Legend, we can look at references from theme park ride’s safety instruction videos that are funny and entertaining, such as:

  1. Crash Dummies from Back to the Future Ride

*starts at 4:50

2. Itchy and Scratchy from the The Simpsons Ride

I’m thinking ours can be more like the Itchy and Scratchy one where we have a cute little happy trick r treater who keeps breaking each rules and dies horribly!

-Clay-mation(?) Will give it a weird and funny look.

Alternative Twist Endings: Nimmy’s Curse (Versions 1,2, 3)

  • STORYTELLER tells the story of how NIMMY’s family has to do this every year as he tells the story to his friends, but never reveals it’s his family that has to do it. NIMMY grew up to be his great-great-great-greatx1000! grandmother and now every year the entire neighborhood is spared of this tradition and only NIMMY and her family and all that come after her children are to endure it.

Version 1 (chosen version)

STORYTELLER checks his watch after the lights on the street go off and he rushes home. He unlocks the door and closes it. He is greeted by his family who stand in a row, wearing masks of his face on them. They hold their heads down and way from him in shame. His mother sobs softly. He looks on shocked. There is a knock on the door. He turns to the door and captures his reflection on the nearby mirror. He looks exactly like NIMMY with candy all over his face. He realizes the bag of treats is empty. He has no treats to present to HIM. He looks at his family who are now looking up in fear as the knocking continues. He begins to cry, accepting his fate, puts on his mask, and hesitates before slowly turning the knob. The End.

Version 2

The entire family wears NIMMY masks and costumes. THE STORYTELLER looks at his family as they stand in a row, nods, and places the mask over his face. He gets in between his two siblings. Holding up his bag of treats he realizes there’s a hole in it. There is a knock on the door. He looks up to the door in panic. He looks from side to side at his family. They stare back at him in fear. The knocks continue. He starts to walk toward the door, but the mother holds his hand to keep him from walking any further. The father sobs and shakes his head to the mother. She hesitantly lets go of THE STORYTELLER’s hand and begins to sob softly to herself. THE STORYTELLER begins to sob to himself as he sees this happen and walks to the door. He turns his head towards the mirror. He puts the mask over his head slightly and looks into his reflection. He looks at his tired face and looks at the deep dark chocolate color around his mouth. He smudges it off with his arm and continues to stare. He puts on his mask and we see the NIMMY mask with similar chocolate stains around the mouth. We hear the mother’s cries. He walks to the door once more, pauses, and twists the doorknob. The End.

Version 3

Simply see THE STORYTELLER walk in, put on the mask, and stand in line with his family. There’s a knock on the door. He goes and answers it and we see HIM’s silhouette from behind looking in at THE STORYTELLER and his family as they honor him wearing the NIMMY costume. The End.

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