Behind the Door is a three-minute, nineteen-second 2D animation film. This story is about three rabbits, a hunter and a wolf and is told in two segments. The first segment of the film tells a linear story of a hunter who hunts rabbits, but fails continuously. The second segment of the film is told from the angle of the rabbits and a wolf. The wolf wants to hunt the rabbits, but also fails to catch them. The hunter also hunts the wolf, but the wolf outsmarts him. Although the rabbits are small and vulnerable animals, in this story they work together and become the final victors.

Inspiration for the story structure and concepts in Behind the Door came from the study of the films of director Guy Ritchie. In his films, he uses a similar style of showing an event from different points of view to reveal to the audience what actually happens.

This thesis paper will discuss the entire making of Behind the Door. This includes the animation workflow and details of production. Behind the Door is a motion graphics-style animation that was created using the computer software Adobe After Effects. Illustration was accomplished in Adobe Photoshop and Flash, and the compositing and editing were achieved in Adobe Premiere Pro. The music for the film is an original score.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Technique; Computer animation--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Animated films--Themes, motives; Rabbits--Drama; Hunters--Drama; Wolves--Drama

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Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CAD)


Stephanie Maxwell

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Murphy

Advisor/Committee Member

Shaun Foster


RIT – Main Campus

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