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08/04/15 at 06:51am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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(08/04/15 12:27am)bgbackdoor Wrote:  new leads for night beats this year - major changes to night beats

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08/04/15 at 09:39am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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(08/04/15 12:27am)bgbackdoor Wrote:  new leads for fiends and night beats this year - major changes to night beats

That is kind of sad for both shows. Night Beats better have big changes if they have a new lead. I'm not trying to say that he was irreplaceable, but the entire show was basically written around that performer.

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08/04/15 at 10:59am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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A.U.R.A Wrote:I'M GOING IN
Published by Bill Waldren. August 4, 2015
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Given all our technical issues with the video signals inside the house, we've decided the only way to know what's going on in there is for me to actually go inside the house.

One last blog before the big moment. We've built a shaft to what is the front door of the house.

I'm going to repel down into the shaft, bust through the door, and walk right in.

I'm taking my trusty camera with me along for the ride,  I'll be sure to take lots of selfies.

I'll post as soon as I'm out...assuming I live to tell the tale...bwahahahaha...
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08/04/15 at 11:27am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Yes, EiTA's last day was Sunday (as was the 40th street performers Frowning ). EiTA is being prepped for the new house. Night Beats is supposedly being rewritten as Ulrich's brother, or something, since Gabe IS Ulrich. I understand there was a contingency plan for this previously in case the swing actor ever had to do the show. CTC is being worked on and the set pieces for Catacombs are along the fence behind Aquitaine,
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08/04/15 at 11:36am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I'll miss the original Ulrich this year in Night Beats. However, even with him last year, it didn't keep me from thinking the show was absolute crap, because the park ruined it. However just having the amazing acting of Ulrich in the show made it still a good show for some, but I was not one of them.

With how the show was ruined last year, I'll welcome major changes, whether or not Ulrich is in the show.
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08/04/15 at 11:47am in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I am, however, very intrigued in whom I have heard will be Freakinstein this year. This could be interesting.
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08/04/15 at 12:06pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/04/15 at 12:10pm by Matthew.)
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Looking at the audition site, I only see an audition opportunity for Williamsburg.... Has BGW stopped doing New York and other crazy location auditions since SG's departure?(if so, that would be great) Or are they just not putting those options on the site?
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08/04/15 at 12:09pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Could we possibly being going down a shaft in the new house?
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08/04/15 at 12:18pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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Luke would love a house that let you do that...

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08/04/15 at 01:09pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I also see auditions scheduled for Texas and NYC later this month.
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08/04/15 at 04:02pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/04/15 at 04:03pm by Zachary.)
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Full article about this year's seven houses is now live on the front page, here! Enjoy!

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08/04/15 at 04:29pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/04/15 at 05:54pm by Nicole.)
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The houses really look as if they could be fantastic.  That said, BGW is going to have to be very smart about staffing this year.  Zachary and I were discussing this and I think he agrees with me?

I believe the park needs to focus their resources on these houses.  They need to train and fully staff all seven.  That probably means drastically cutting the scare actors on the paths.  And I am honestly not sure that would be a bad thing.

Instead of creating massive, complicated Terror-tories or Scare Zones, I think they should just attempt to create a dark and creepy atmosphere with very few actors.  Honestly, simply turning down the lights, pumping in some fog, and playing creepy music would be enough to give the park the right feel overall.  Guests lose the sense of danger that they feel exiting the houses, when confronted by loud noises and bright lights (or at least I do).  Simply maintaining a level of anxiety from house to house, letting the level of fear accumulate and grow, could be much more effective than creating new "scares" on the path.

Adding a just few scare actors to the paths could heighten the tension, as well, because they would be much more random and unpredictable.  Not knowing when it is safe to relax could create a more cohesive experience.

Anyway, these are just my random thoughts about how BGW could take the great ideas they appear to be pursuing and implement them most effectively.

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08/04/15 at 05:05pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/04/15 at 05:08pm by Joe.)
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Great job Zachary!

And I really like that idea, Nicole. At first I thought you were suggesting removing actors from the pathways altogether, which I found disagreeable, as that would ruin the tension altogether, not heighten it. But reading on, I saw that you suggested placing just a few scare actors sporadically, and that's a brilliant idea.

I remember years and years ago when actors in dark gillie suits would contort themselves to the bushes and vines of places like the Wild Reserve and Heatherdowns and startle guests out of nowhere. There wasn't more than a small handful of actors, but you never knew when one when pop out and startle you. This knowledge that nowhere was safe created that awesome "look back over your shoulder" feel that fuels the tension of the event.

Just one or two actors in every hamlet or so (or maybe just roaming actors?) would be all it would take to round out the scares. This would bring staffing costs to a minimum while maximizing scares, so the staff could be utilized more effectively elsewhere (read: houses).

Great thinking. I tip my hat to you, madam.

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08/04/15 at 05:55pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015 (Latest Edit: 08/04/15 at 05:56pm by Nicole.)
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Joe: You are right. I was sort of thinking out loud, so my post was not very well structured. I think I fixed the problem a bit, so it will not be as confusing or possibly misleading.

Also, thanks!

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08/04/15 at 06:28pm in Howl-O-Scream 2015
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I completely agree. The anticipation of somebody jumping out to scare me, is elevated with less frequency. Sometimes the thought of something happening is scarier than the action of it. Could be a nail biter! We'll see.

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