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Ryan Till
The Evil Dead 2 - Book self-scribing effect (How is this done?)
on May 8, 2013 at 11:18:14 pm

Hi, i am intrested in the effect used in The Evil Dead 2 during the introduction sequence. The effect can be seen here (Skip to 0:35):







Now i understand the text can be mostly done using the stroke effect but i was more intrested in how the drawings were also done.

I also understand they likely used stop motion for this sequence taking pictures progressively as the image was drawn, but i was wondering if such techniques can be achieved using after effects.

Thanks to everyone who helps out!


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Todd Kopriva
Re: The Evil Dead 2 - Book self-scribing effect (How is this done?)
on May 9, 2013 at 2:35:05 am

You can reveal items like that with animated mask shapes or by animated paint strokes (painting on the alpha channel).

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS5822310e5111fa1a11d362d...

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John Cuevas
Re: The Evil Dead 2 - Book self-scribing effect (How is this done?)
on May 9, 2013 at 2:47:48 am

You are correct, that was stop animation and hand-drawings. If you have the images, you could use an the eraser tool to erase the image then animate backwards so it draws on. Conform it to 10-15FPS and it would look like what Raimi did.

As far as the drawings you need to find yourself an artist who can draw for you.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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