Tuesday Advanced All Day Workshops
Note: In 2014, the Advanced All-day Workshops will be on Tuesday January 28th.
Advanced All-day Workshop 1 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 B
Evil Twin FX Hands-On Custom Mask Making Workshop
by Nick Wolfe, Evil Twin FX www.eviltwinfx.com
Description – The sock mask is a staple of the haunted attraction industry because of their breath-ability. They are soft, comfortable, and flexible, which means your actors will keep them on longer. In this Full Day hands-on make-n-take workshop, Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX will be instruct attendees how to build the structure of the mask and create the look of a mask using appliance pieces. Attendees will also learn how to apply latex to the mask to blend the pieces together, how to paint / finish the mask, and how to cut the eye holes / mouth to make the mask functional. This mask technique requires very little sculpting. Even if you have never worked with latex or tried to make a mask before, you can make a sock mask. Your only limits are your imagination. Once completed, attendees will walk away with a custom one of a kind mask and the knowledge of how to make many, many more. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advance.
Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 10
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World renown body and face painter, Nick Wolfe has been working in the haunt industry along with his twin brother Brian since 1998 doing make-up, props, acting and building sets for numerous Haunted Attractions including Skull Kingdom and Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. He has taught horror make-up and face painting in over 20 countries and has published several instructional books and videos on the subject. Nick and his brother founded the Make-up company Wolfe FX and they continue to build brands for other companies as well. His enthusiasm makes his workshops fast and fun as he strives to inspire haunters and make-up artists to be their best! Nick will be offering both a 1 hour demonstration, Monster Making 101 and an all day hands-on workshop on Monday, covering horror and haunt make up. www.eviltwinfx.com
Advanced All-day Workshop 4 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 A
Ouintessential Boiler Room: Set Construction and Detailing Workshop
by Shayne Torrans, Brutal Rust www.brutalrust.com
Description – When people talk about the best haunted houses in the country, Netherworld in Atlanta, GA, 13th Gate in Baton Rouge and House of Shock in New Orleans, LA, always come up in the discussion, but why? They all have great costuming, actors and make up, but what really makes these events the most talked about haunts in the industry is that each of these events attractions have amazingly realistic sets and high detail, distressed and dilapidated walls, movie quality sets and set dressing. Many haunters think that set dressing and high detail is expensive, but in this all day advanced workshop, Shayne Torrans and the team from Haunt Force and Brutal Rust will show you how to create an amazing highly detailed movie quality set on a budget.
Starting from scratch, attendees will help build the walls, and create sets of a rusted pipe filled boiler room. This session will cover set wall construction, base and faux painting, distressing and set dressing, all using low cost, light weight wood, foam, plastic and sheetrock. Once learned, the techniques demonstrated in this hands on workshop can be used in a variety of ways thought your entire attraction to take your haunted house to the next level of realism and detail. At the end of the day, the boiler room set will be auctioned off to the attendees. Do not miss this in depth scenic set building class that will show you how to take your haunt to the next level in realism and detail.
Material Fee: $100
Class Size Limited to: 30
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Haunt Force is the brain child of Shayne Torrans creator of Brutal Rust, Kingwood Asylum and Hallowed Grounds. Part Engineer and part madman, Shayne Torrans is the problem solver and prop builder for Haunt Force. Charged with constructing and simplifying everyone’s off the wall ideas, Shayne has created one masterpiece after the next. This is chiefly due to Shayne’s ability to deconstruct problems and come up with solutions that not only solve the problem but also are more cost effective and efficient than what the industry expects.Shayne Torrans is a certified train the trainer in more than 40 industrial subjects with over 22 years of experience. It’s with his vast knowledge as a teacher that will allow you to learn with ease. So easy a child can do it. www.brutalrust.com
Advanced All-day Workshop 3 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 C
Making Monsters 101
by Tom Devlin, 1313 FX Fright Zone www.1313fxfrightzone.com
Description – Along with an invaluable amount of knowledge, each student will take home Tom Devlin’s custom T13 airbrush by Paasche! This all day class will teach students the entire process of creating, applying, and painting a latex prosthetic. Students will sculpt and mold a piece, take a brief lunch break, then come back to class and learn how to use latex to make their creation into a working piece of art using airbrush and had applied paint techniques.
Material Fee: $200
Class Size Limited to: 20
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Tom Devlin has been working professionally as a special makeup effects artist for 13 years. If you’ve ever met Tom, it is clear that monsters, horror movies, and Halloween are not just a job for him, but a passion.
Through his company 1313FX, Tom has provided creatures and special makeup effects on over 100 feature films, working with many of the actors and directors that inspired his path. In addition to his work in film and television, Tom has created a line of Halloween masks for the Haunted Attractions industry. He has been selling his creations to some of the most well-known haunts across the country for the last 6 years.Tom recently appeared as a contestant on the SyFy reality series “Face Off”. He quickly became a fan favorite with his winning horror villain “Teddy Told Me To,” a terrifying take on the teddy bear. www.1313fxfrightzone.com
Advanced All-day Workshop 2 (Fee Required)
Room: 320 D
Opening Your First Haunted Attraction: Without Losing An Arm And A Leg
by Leonard Pickel, Hauntrepreneurs(R) Themed Attraction Design and Consulting www.hauntrepreneurs.com
Description – Halloween has become a phenomenon in the United States and around the world, and every year more and more people are opening “darkly themed” Halloween Attractions. Even in the present economic downturn some haunted events are breaking attendance records, while other attractions are going out of business.
This comprehensive and detailed step by step “how-to” session features the “do’s and don’ts” on getting an attraction open, keeping it open and making enough money to survive for both a for-profit dark attraction and charity Halloween Event, but even a well-established event will learn from Leonard’s 35 years of professional design and consulting experience.
From choosing the attraction name and URL for the event though pricing and dates of operation, topics covered include, creating a business plan, location requirements, safety code compliance, attraction style, attraction design, multi-element approach, timed ticketing, advertising, operations and answers to the most frequently asked questions: “How big should the attraction be, how much should I charge, and how much will it cost?”
In this all day session, attendees will explore the reasons why some attractions prosper while others fail. “A Haunted Attraction is a business and as in any other business, what you don’t know about this specialized field can put you out of business before you get started,” explains haunt industry veteran Leonard Pickel who will share with attendees how to maximize profits while minimizing costs and effort while describing what he sees as the best model for creating a successful Halloween Event.
NOTE: Bring your wifi enabled laptop or tablet, your scary designs, theme ideas and haunting dreams to this never before offered session.
Material Fee: $180
Class Size Limited to: 20
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Owner of Hauntrepreneurs(R) Haunt Design and Consulting, Leonard Pickel built his first haunted house in 1976 as a dormitory fundraiser in his sophomore year while studying Architecture at Texas A & M University. After graduation with a bachelor degree in Architectural Design, Pickel volunteered for the Dallas March of Dimes Haunted House in 1982, and chaired that event from 1983 1986. In charge of design and construction of the Halloween event, Leonard developed the “Pickel Theory of Haunted Houses,” a high startle, low-gore, high-throughput, low theatrics approach to dark amusements. Innovative at the time, the non-offensive style of the “Pickel Theory” is outlined in three room design idea booklets, written by Pickel for commercial haunted house designers from 1987 through 1990. His creative accomplishments include design and sales of the industry’s first turn-key Haunted House ‘kits,’ and the first adaptation of “Field Theory” (triangular grid system) in a Haunted Attraction. In 1992 Pickel built and operated Mayhem Manor®, a summer seasonal haunted attraction where Pickel explored the differences between an October seasonal haunted house and a year-round haunted attraction and how to decrease the overhead of both. As owner of Hauntrepreneurs(R) Design, a consulting firm for the Haunted Attraction Industry, Pickel has designed and or built over 80 original and creative Haunted Attractions in his 35 year career including Madison Square Garden, Universal Studios Florida, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags AstroWorld, Kentucky Kingdom and SCREA
MS Terror Park. Leonard’s company Hauntrepreneurs International has also designed Haunted Attractions in foreign countries including Puerto Rico, Canada and India. www.hauntrepreneurs.com