In this work, a girl’s father is one of the victims in the mass political persecution by Emperor Yongzheng, 18 A.D., and he is killed in front of his family. The Emperor is present during his murder and he notices the girl and her gorgeous, long hair. Because of this the girl survives the massacre of her entire family and is sent away and trained to become a concubine. It becomes the goal of the girl to work hard to become a chosen concubine by the Emperor so she can avenge the murder of her family with her gorgeous, magical hair.

Deadly Pleasure is my Master’s of Fine Arts thesis film with a total runtime of five minutes and thirteen seconds. It is a 2D animation that was produced primarily in TVpaint, Photoshop, and After Effects.

This paper outlines the entire creation process of making this 2D animated film. It details the very beginning of the story ideas to the final screening version. It describes all my intentions, obstacles, challenges and successes, as well as the problem-solution process.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Legends--China

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Stephanie Maxwell

Advisor/Committee Member

Atia Quadri

Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Larson


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .B36 2016


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