Sheraton Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
January 28-February 1, 2016

Hands On Workshops

Hands On Workshops

DemonstrationsCreative SessionsBusiness Classes
Hands-On WorkshopsAdvanced All Day Workshops

Hands-on workshops are designed to teach a technique on a smaller project that attendees can learn and then take home with them. Back at their attraction, attendees can use these techniques on a grander scale to increase the effectiveness of their attractions. A materials fee is required for each class and seating is limited. 

Note: Registration to HAuNTcon is required to take these classes.
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NOTE: We are working diligently to finalize the 2016 HAuNTcon Education Program. However, it will be much later in the year before we have any solid schedule to share with attendees. Below we offer the 2015 Education offering, just to show you what a fantastic learning opportunity you missed last year, and to whet your appetite for what will be in store for next year.

If you have a suggestion for a seminar you would like to have offered at HAuNTcon 2016, then please share the topic with us at education@gmail.com If you have some knowledge or expertise that you would like to share with HAuNTcon attendees, then please write up a description of the topic, a name for the presentation and a short bio on yourself and submit all that HERE

2015 Education Schedule

Mask Class 1 Saturday 8:30 – 11:00 am
Making a Custom Latex Mask Part 1: Creature Sculpting
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps
$225 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 30

Robert Kurtzman has sculpted hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations over his 30 year film/haunted attraction career. In this 3 part, hands-on workshop, Robert will cover the aspects of developing a character mask from concept to reality; using references, roughing out forms, sculpting tools, smoothing and contouring the clay, adding texture using various tools and texture stamps, as well as insight into how to create your own sculpting tools and texture stamps. In this session, Robert is sharing his most valuable mask-making tips and tricks.
Attendees will receive a plaster mask life-cast, water based W.E.D. clay, sculpting tools and a storage tub, and will sculpt a half mask with Roberts’s assistance. Simple to learn, these skills will last a lifetime, and allow the attendee to create custom one-of-a-kind masks for an entire Haunt crew. Check out their website at www.creaturecorps.net

Mask Class 2 Sunday 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Making a Custom Latex Mask Part 2: Molding and Casting
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps

Robert Kurtzman has molded hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations over his film and haunted attraction career. In part 2 of this 3 part of this hands-on workshop, Robert teaches attendees how to lay up and make a one piece plaster mold of their sculpted mask. Once the mold has hardened, attendees will be instructed on how to clean the mold, and will pour a latex cast of the sculpture.
Topics covered include; materials needed, mold making techniques, cleaning procedures and pouring the latex mask. Attendees will receive chip brushes, Ultra Cal-30 plaster, mixing bucket, burlap and casting latex. This skill set is crucial in the preservation of your sculpture, and allows for the making of custom one-of-a-kind masks for continued reproduction for an entire haunt crew. In this session, Robert is sharing tips and tricks developed through 30 years of molding the perfect mask!
Check out their website at www.creaturecorps.net

Mask Class 3 Monday 8:30 – 11:00 am
Making a Custom Latex Mask Part 3: Finishing and Painting
by Robert Kurtzman of Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps

Robert Kurtzman has painted and finished hundreds of masks, prosthetic make-ups and creature creations over his 30 year film/haunted attraction career. In part 3 of this 3 part of this hands-on workshop, attendees will be instructed in the proper way to pull their mask from a mold, trim and finish the mask. A variety of paint techniques and approaches will be shown, and attendees will paint their masks with provided materials. Strapping the mask, adding details and more will be covered. At the end of this class, the product will be a finished, wearable mask. Attendees will receive brushes and sponges for painting.
This skill set will last a lifetime, and will allow for the reproduction of your custom one-of-a-kind masks for an entire haunt crew. In this session, Robert is sharing his tips on painting an incredible life-like mask! Check out their website at www.creaturecorps.net

Workshop 1 – Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 am
Make A Pneumatic Water or Blood Sprayer
by Guy Kitchell of Halloween FX Props
$50 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 15

Take and Make pneumatic blood sprayer with PIR sensor and Houdini prop controller. This would be a beginning/intermediate pneumatics class and a beginning prop controller and trigger (PIR sensor and push button) class. Cost including all materials would be $99 (retail is $154). Check out their website at http://halloweenfxprops.com/

Workshop 2 – Saturday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Making a Zombie Head Prop Workshop (Part 1 of 2)
by Chris Screws of Catacomb Productions
$25 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 15  

Braaaains! Learn the techniques and procedures to create a realistic, one of a kind, grotesque, zombie head prop. Perfect for your “Governor’s Fish Tank” or place it on top of a mannequin body for a life like “Return of the Living Dead” walker. In Part 1 of this 2 part class, attendees with sculpt a one-up Zombie head from scratch on a foam base, add realistic eyes, and then build up the surface with latex and various materials to create a rotting skin effect.
In Part 2 of this class, attendees will be instructed on techniques and procedures to paint and detail their Zombie Head prop for that realistic disgusting “dead-like” look. All materials and tools will be provided and attendees can take their monstrous creations home with them at the end of the class, along with the knowledge of how to make many many more!. Get a great start on populating your “Outbreak” horde at this informative hands on workshop. Check out their website at www.catacombproductions.com

Workshop 3 – Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Quick Skull Corpsification without Making A Mess
by Dr. Bill Ramsay of Dr. Terror Eyes
$40 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 15

Learn a quick and easy method for turning a plain, boring white skull into something truly worthy of a scream in this informative demonstration. In less than an hour Dr. Bill Ramsay will instruct the attendees on how to corpsify a cast resin plastic skull into a rotten corpse. Attendees will be provided with the instruction and materials needed to transform a plastic skull from boring to soaring, and do it without the mess of latex or glue. To add to the fun, course attendees are also eligible for several door prize drawings throughout the Doctor’s class. Check out their website at https://www.facebook.com/DrTerrorEyes

Workshop 4 – Saturday 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Build A Mini Toe-Pincher Foam Coffin
by Jeff and Chris Davis of Davis Graveyard
$25 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 12

Foam carving is an important tool for haunters. It can be used to make incredibly realistic stone monuments, plaster and brick walls, tombstones or above ground New Orleans style cemeteries. But foam is a very versatile medium and can also be used to create the appearance of old weathered wood. In this hands on workshop, attendees will build a simple child’s (3 foot) toe-pincher style coffin with lid using a simple wood frame and wood textured Styrofoam. Attendees will then be instructed on how to paint and distress the coffin to give it that aged, just dug up look. The techniques used in this scaled down example can be put to use on various projects at your attraction, including a full sized version. Check out their website at www.davisgraveyard.com

Workshop 5 – Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 am
SOLD OUT Advanced Zombie and Trauma Makeup
by Guy Kitchell of Halloween FX Props
$25 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 15

In this advanced hands on workshop, attendees will be instructed in the art of using liquid latex to make zombie and trauma wounds. Each attendee will be provided instruction and materials to create a wound on their arm or model they bring with them. Check out their website at http://halloweenfxprops.com/

SOLD OUT Workshop 6 – Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Monster Mud Skeletons (Part 1 of 2)
by Jeff and Chris Davis of Davis Graveyard
$25 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 12

Monster Mud has been a staple of the haunted attraction industry for as long as premixed sheetrock mud has been around. It has numerous uses and is fantastic for creating quick sculpture and foam texturing. In this hands on workshop, the crew from Davis Graveyard will use Monster Mud, a cotton sheet and a 16″ plastic skeleton to create a free standing skeleton monument suitable for any graveyard or New Orleans Style Cemetery. The techniques learned in this class will allow attendees to tackle a litany of similar projects at their own haunt. Check out their website at www.davisgraveyard.com

Workshop 7 – Sunday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Basic Life-casting: Making Fake Body Parts
by Chad Besse and Jesse Shoemaker
$30 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20

Life casting is the process for making a mold of part or all of a living thing. In special effects makeup, prop building and mask making, the life cast is necessary to have a base to sculpt on the finished effects. Whether you are making a form fitting appliance, full head mask, prop hear or body part, you need to start with a life cast. In this hands on workshop, attendees will be instructed on the materials and methods used to create a basic life cask of a hand. Attendees will make a mold of their own hand using dental alginate. The detailed mold will be filled with a plaster stone and cured for an exact copy of the body part. This technique can be used over and over for a pile of body parts in a scene, or to make a face or full head life cast for mask and appliance sculpting. Attendees will take their hand with them at the end of the class. If you are a makeup artist or prop builder for a haunted attraction or film production, or you plan to be one someday, this hands on experience is a must have class.

Workshop 8 – Sunday 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Making a Zombie Head Prop Workshop (Part 2 of 2)
by Chris Screws of Catacomb Productions

Part 2 Painting the Zombie Head – SEE PART 1 DESCRIPTION Check out their website at www.catacombproductions.com

Workshop 9 – Monday 8:30 – 10
Easy Gothic Candle-Crafting How To Workshop
by Alan E Ostrander of AEO Studios, Inc.
$15 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20

Learn how to make incredibly realistic wax covered looking gothic candles to complete the look of your favorite set, yard display, or as a safe walk-around prop for your roving characters. In this basic hands-on workshop attendees will be instructed how to make faux from scratch using commonly available materials. Finished candle will be lit by a battery operated flickering votive tea light. However, these techniques can be applied to any type of light source, battery operated or hard-wired candles of virtually any size candle or application. Check out their website at www.aeostudios.com

Workshop 10 – Monday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Making Realistic Looking Veins And Capillaries With Yarn
by Rainee Dunham
$10 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20

“As seen recently on social media.” Realistic veins in a makeup application can take hours of detailed fine airbrushing. On a film set or at a haunted house, this kind of detail work is expensive and tedious, and would drive your makeup artists blind. For years, yarn has been used in the making of veins on realistic fake eyeballs, “Why not use the same method in a makeup?” asked Marc Clancy of Powdah FX in Melbourne Australia. Turns out gluing down wool or yarn is a quick and easy way to create veins and capillaries in your makeup as well. In this hands on makeup Workshop Rainee Dunham will show attendees how to use this effect on its own or as part of something like a zombie bite. Attendees will be provided with materials and instruction on how to accomplish this quick and easy effect. No prier makeup knowledge is necessary for

Workshop 11 – Monday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Sculpting and Molding Small Custom Wound Appliances
by Wendy Ferris
$25 Materials Fee Required. Class Limited to 20

In this hands on workshop, learn a quick and cost effective way to make small prosthetic appliances to use in your haunt makeup room. After a discussion on the different types of clays to use, Wendy Ferris will instruct attendees how to sculpt a small wound, mold it in plaster and then cast it in latex. Learning this technique allows attendees to make up a stockpile of wounds to have on hand and the ability to recast them as often as necessary. This cost cutting session will save you money over store bought prosthetics, and create a unique touch to your haunts makeup.

Workshop 12 – Monday 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Monster Mud Skeletons (Part 2 of 2)
by Jeff and Chris Davis of Davis Graveyard

Part 2 of this class will cover detail painting and weathering the piece once the monster mud has dried from a previous day. Check out their website at www.davisgraveyard.com

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An acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, HAuNTcon is a celebration of people who love Haunted Houses and Halloween. It is three days and nights jam-packed full of Networking, Tours of area Haunted Attractions, educational seminars, make-n-takes teaching the latest is Haunting techniques and a tradeshow exhibiting the latest in Haunting props and equipment.

Offerings include a pre-show bus tour of area Haunted attractions, tours of local Haunted attractions, tradeshow floor, costume ball, haunted garage sale and Haunter education including workshops, make-up and product demonstrations, and prop how-to make-n-takes.

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