TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES Saturday TransWorld Haunt Show

by on Jan.07, 2012, under Haunt Gatherings, Haunted Houses, Haunting Ideas


We’re bringing you one more day of seminars! This year we’ve changed from three days to FOUR FABULOUS DAYS of seminars! The Transworld team of seminar speakers will help you make more money, teach you how to market and run a more profitable attraction or retail outlet, AND show you all the special techniques to fully engage your customers.

Seminar Pricing:
$45 per one-hour session – advance registration! $15 savings if you buy in advance!!!
$60 per one-hour session – on-site registration.

Educational Seminars – Room A
(Seven Seminars)

Hard Core Construction – Building Amazing Haunted Houses,Fast!

9:00am – 10:00am

Speaker: Dan McCullough, House of Torment/13th Floor Haunted Houses

The House of Torment and 13th Floor Haunted Houses are known for their mind blowing sets and stunning realism. Learn from Dan as he discusses how these attractions are designed and built in a limited time frame using modern construction techniques.

Theater Tech – Lighting, Sound and Special Effects for Haunted Attractions Using Modern Show Control

10:15am – 11:15am

Speaker: Robbie Lepree’, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Sound, lighting and special effects are everyday elements in the world of the theater, but theater tech is often underused in haunted attractions. Get a glimpse into the world of modern show control and learn how it can take your event to the next level.

Security at Haunted Attractions: Using Best Practices and Trained Staff to Keep Order at Your Event

11:30am – 12:30pm

Speaker: Mike Jubie, Headless Horseman Hayrides

You will never have a truly successful event until you master the arts of operations, crowd control and facility security. Learn how to deal with critical issues including unruly customers, maintaining order, protecting your box-office, metal detectors at your entrances as well as what the guests think about ALL security/police presence.

Training and Motivating Volunteer Actors

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Speaker: D’Ann Dagen, Hangman’s Haunted House

Properly motivating volunteer actors is an art form unto itself! D’Ann will share over 35 years of professional haunt experience developing skilled casts of performers who are deeply committed to doing an excellent job–without the enticement of a paycheck.

Haunt Acting 101: Teaching Your Actors to Scare and Entertain!

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Speaker: Geoff Beck, Haunt Consultant

Working in a haunted house is not as simple as it looks. Geoff has spent countless haunt seasons working at a multitude of haunted houses, training actors to go that extra mile in their performance. His hands-on approach will feature a special set built in the seminar room and is not to be missed!

Designing Twisted Haunt Characters

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Speaker: Regina Englehart, Svenpuss Acting Troupe

Weird. Twisted. Trippy. Disturbing. These are all words often used by guests when they encounter the absolutely original characters of the Svenpuss Acting Troupe. Learn what inspires them and the techniques, make-up and acts they use to freak out their customers.

Haunt Acting Panel Discussion

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Moderator: Allan Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios

Panelists: D’Ann Dagen, Geoff Beck, Regina Englehart

Allan Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios, moderates this panel on haunt acting, featuring the afternoon’s experienced presenters. Learn different acting styles as the panel members discuss shocking vs. terrorizing, the importance of entertainment and humor, costuming and make-up styles, actor dialogue and the best scares ever.

Demonstration Seminars – Room B
(Five Seminars)

Building a Better Monster – Training Actors to Look and Be Terrifying

10:15am – 12:30pm

Speaker: Allan Hopps, Stiltbeast Studios

In this two-hour demonstration seminar, Allan Hopps will offer in-depth lessons on actor training, including character development, how to be scary, working with the elements of your scene, customer psychology, humor vs. fear, and many more critical topics. Costume design will also be covered in detail so you can learn how your actors can look and play the part.

Shocking Make-up Secrets – Learn The Latest Tricks from Bloody Mary!

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Speaker: Bobbie Weiner, Bloody Mary Makeup

Bobby Weiner digs deeply into her bag of tricks to pull out a new makeup technique, “Zombies in the Flesh”, a simple, fast and fabulous technique designed for the haunted house actor. Everyone attending the class will receive a Bloody Mary “Zombies in the Flesh” make-up kit.

Getting the most from your airbrush investment

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Speaker: Ken Franklin, FaceFX Makeup

Don’t let your airbrush rest after Halloween passes by. Find out how you can use it as a multi-faceted artistic asset during the season and as a money maker throughout the year. It’s one of the few tools that can actually pay for itself!

Designing and Maintaining Air Systems for Your Attraction

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Speaker: Doug Anderson, Fright Props

The biggest, most impressive props in the haunted attraction industry run on compressed air and are useless without an air system to back them up. Learn what you need to know about compressors, CFM, distribution systems, manifolds, avoiding water in the lines and everything else it takes to keep your giant monsters rocking.

Entire Rooms that Scare! – Large Scale Animatronic Environments

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Speaker: Matt Marich, Edge Designs & Themed Décor Inc

How can you escape the terror when an entire room is coming after you! Matt has designed many large format architectural animatronics, including elevators, dropping ceilings, cracking floors – just to name a few. Find out how these effects are made and what they do to your guests’ minds!

Business Seminars – Room C
(Three Seminars)

How to Scare Up Social Media for Your Halloween Season

10:00am – 11:00am

Speakers: Nancy Milton and Mary Hendron, Insight Marketing & Communications

Afraid of Facebook? Terrified of Twitter? These are all useful tools to add to your marketing toolbox. Join us as we review the benefits of various types of social media and how they can help grow your business and your fan base. We’ll guide you on how to fearlessly embrace all forms of Social Media to promote your business.

Guerilla Marketing: Free and Low-Cost Marketing Ideas to Drive More Traffic and Sales

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Speaker: Patricia Norrins, Publisher of “Gift Shop” & “GreenRetailer”

Learn inexpensive and unbelievably effective grass roots marketing strategies to grow your traffic and boost your sales. In this fast paced session, Norrins will share 50+ marketing ideas to help you build stronger relationships with your customers, increase store traffic and sell more products!

Consumer Product Safety: What Every Halloween Retailer Should Know

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Speaker: Dorothy Creamer, Editor-In-Chief at “Selling Halloween” & “Selling Christmas Decorations”

This seminar will update and inform attendees on the latest news from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Learn what laws are being passed to control product manufacturing and what issues are important to anyone providing goods to the masses. A panel of experts from the CPSC and knowledgeable vendors will translate what safety and manufacturing concerns retailers must be aware of when purchasing costumes, makeup or accessories in order to provide the best – and safest – products to the end consumer.

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