Wed, 11 December 2013
Want to get started in the haunted house business? Looking for low-cost but high-impact ways to improve your haunt? And how can you grow your haunted attraction into a full-year business? This week's podcast features a Q & A with haunted house experts Cydney Neil, Mike Krausert, and ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons (recorded earlier this year at the West Coast Haunters Convention.)
Cydney Neil is the Producer and Creative Director of the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House, one of the most iconic and successful haunted attractions in history. Under her direction Rocky Point went from 100 guests and $500 in income to nearly 70,000 and over $1,500,000 in their final season - while also influencing and inspiring legions of haunted attraction designers. Apart from these successes, Cydney maintains that her greatest achievement and what she is most proud of is the youth program she created that changed the lives of thousands of “misfit” kids she will always consider her own.
Mike Krausert, Director of Spookyworld/Nightmare New England, began designing and building attractions over two decades ago at the age of 18. Throughout his career he has designed and built for numerous charitable organizations such as the Jaycees, non-profit arts programs, the Optimist Club and he helped these groups raise millions of dollars in the process. The producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition invited him to lead the scenic design team for their first ever Halloween episode where the haunt “Nightmare Factory” was redesigned, re-themed, and modernized to improve fundraising for the Oregon School for the Deaf.
Special thanks to everyone involved with the West Coast Haunters Convention for hosting such a fantastic event, and for inviting Cydney, Mike, and Scott to attend! Yinz guys rock! Visit www.westcoasthauntersconvention.com for more information about next year's gathering.
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Mon, 2 December 2013
What is THE BASMENT at ScareHouse? Here's how boingboing.net described it:
"The most spectacular attraction this year was the newly-opened, adults-only Basement, where individual visitors receive the singular attentions of a range of nightmarish crazies and supernatural creeps. It was intense and physical: those opting for the experience must sign an agreement acknowledging they will be verbally abused, sniffed, dirtied, groped, pushed and dragged through near pitch-darkness."
This extended episode of our ScareHouse podcast explores the design, casting, production, and reaction to our new, intense, and "adults only" immersive attraction with the creative team and several cast members. What's with the handcuffs? How far did we really go? And can you really declare BDSM gear as a business expense?
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Mon, 25 November 2013
Annnnnnd we're back!
After an unexpected hiatus, the podcast team returns for a fast-paced look back at an amazing season for Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House. Rob Johnston, Laura Kelly, Margee Kerr, and Scott Simmons talk about our appearance on Good Morning America, the visit from Guillermo del Toro and Mike Dougherty, the Basement, a new book deal, and so much more!
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Thu, 15 August 2013
Annnnd we're back! Sorry about the brief hiatus, but we hope to have new episodes of our podcast back online every week.
This week: a short sneak peek at this year's promo shoot! The same creative team who creates our sets, effects, and characters are also heavily involved in the production and promotion of all multimedia content and advertising used online, on air, and in print. We talk about the production process, our use of transmedia storytelling, social media content, digital storytelling, and also offer a few sneaks at the new characters and attractions you'll see at ScareHouse this year.
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Thu, 1 August 2013
Jerry Gergely is a highly regarded special effects artist who has worked on classic genre tv shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Babylon Five - and is the technical director for Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program.
Jerry joins former students and ScareHouse Design Managers Christopher and Dejah Gilgour along with co-hosts Margee and "ScareHouse Scott" for a look back at the making of the original DAWN OF THE DEAD, the early days of Optic Nerve Studios, and the explosive growth of the special effects program at the Douglas School of Education.
This program of study equips graduate for careers with theater companies, cosmetic companies, department stores, television studios, film and photographers studios, special effects labs, architectural restoration firms, amusement parks, entertainment design and fabrication companies, costume companies, computer special effects firms, display design firms, museums, science centers, and prosthetic sculpting and mold making studios. Visit www.dec.edu/ts/ for more information.
Check out our NEW website for the latest news and details about the 2013 season of SCAREHOUSE, named as one of America's Scariest Halloween Attractions by Travel channel: www.scarehouse.com
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Direct download: Jerry_Gergely_-_Tom_Savinis_Special_Make-Up_Effects_Program.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:45 PM
Tue, 16 July 2013
Road Trip! The ScareHouse design team pays a visit to our friends at The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati - which is ranked as one of the nation's best haunted attractions by USA Today, Forbes, Fangoria, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Hauntworld, HauntedHouseRatings.com, Citybeat, and many others. It was also seen on the Travel Channel show- Halloween Crazy!
The Dent Schoolhouse takes place in a schoolhouse that was built back in 1896 and contains a gruesome legend...The Janitor of the school, Charlie McFree is said to have killed a large number of the student body over a period of 10-20 years. Hiding their bodies within the basement, the smell became to much and alerted the town of Dent... discovery of the hellish scene has made a permanent residence in the basement.
The owners and designers of both Dent and ScareHouse come together for an extended conversation about design, operation, and the challenges of creating, promoting, and operating a high tech haunted attraction that can meet the high level of expectations of so many customers each and every Halloween season. Visit www.frightsite.com for tickets, images, video and much more from one of America's best haunted houses!
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Wed, 10 July 2013
100,000 water ballons, 4 teams led by Pittsburgh celebs, and a truly EPIC battle in downtown Pittsburgh to help raise money in the fight against global poverty. It's the Great American Water Balloon Fight! www.teamtassy.org/waterballoon
Ian Rosenberger and Vivien Luk from Team Tassy www.teamtassy.org join ScareHouse's Laura Kelly and Margee Kerr at a local filling party to preview this year's event on Saturday, July 13th - and to talk about the creation of Team Tassy, the challenges of filling 100 thousand water balloons, and the many local celebrities who plan to join the fight! And yes, there will be ScareHouse zombies on the field...
What's the goal of the fight? The mission is to unleash the inherent power in every person to eliminate global poverty. We do this with Team Tassy by working with poor families in Haiti, and giving them the tools they need to help themselves. It may sound silly, but helping us raise money by having fun and throwing water balloons will positively change peoples’ lives forever. Please visit www.teamtassy.org/waterballoon to find out more.
Tue, 2 July 2013
Encore episode! This extended episode of our podcast (which was originally recorded and posted in 2012) features a rare and guided tour behind the scenes of Anthrocon, the World's largest Furry convention, which takes place in Pittsburgh every summer.
What is Anthrocon? It is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters. It is a collection of nearly 5,000 artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Approximately 20% of attendees don specialized animal costumes, often based on original characters, and enjoy role-playing and interacting with both fellow attendees and bystanders.
So what really happens at Anthrcon? What kind of people are performing underneath all of that fur? And why is Pittsburgh the perfect home for thousands of Furries?
Programming director John "Kuddlepup" Cole takes Katie "Dudders," Margee Kerr, and ScareHouse creative director Scott Simmons on a guided tour of the convention and introduces us to multiple attendees, organizers, and surprise guests. He speaks to us about the community, the costumes, and the years of coordination; responds to the misconceptions and criticisms; and even reveals surprising connections between Furries and the haunted attraction industry.
This extended episode of The ScareHouse podcast is made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of the Anthrocon community, who continue to raise thousands of dollars for Pittsburgh based charities and businesses. Visit www.anthrocon.org to find out more about their community.
Direct download: Anthrocon_-_The_Worlds_Largest_Furry_Convention.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00 PM
Wed, 26 June 2013
Dudders takes you to the annual "ScareHouse Family Picnic" - our annual gathering of veteran cast and crew members held every June. In between eating and random attacks with water balloons, our actors and actresses talk about about new friends, scaring people every October, and the freaky customers we sometimes encounter during haunt season.
Keep watching scarehouse.com and our fan page on facebook for details about 2013 auditions and interviews! We're filling over 100 paid positions starting in August!
Wed, 19 June 2013
ScareHouse is proud to support Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March and PrideFest - presented by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh (their mission is to increase awareness and understanding of and improve the quality of life for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Western Pennsylvania.)
ScareHouse guest podcast host "Dudders" engages in some "Zombie on the Street" interviews with a few of our fellow parade marchers: drag queens, activists, and leather club members. You should be in no way surprised that a haunted house podcast features a brief summary of the history, community, and charitable contributions of national leather clubs and pagents.
Note: due to rough weather conditions and absent-minded creative directors, the audio quality of this episode is not as clean as usual. Sorry about that.
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