My team, consisting of Abiral, Nick, and Sam, set out to create a horrifying experience, one that was truly frightening in nature, one that would set the stage to scare the living crap out of many a participant. So, we created Dr. Fakhr’s Museum of Mediocre Artefacts, a truly horrifying museum of dazzling and devastating delights.
We initially set out to create an experience that would be embedded with sensors and solenoids, and lights and sounds that would scare the bejeezus out of many a participant, but the more we played around with the space the more that we realized that we could simplify it to something that has withstood the test of time, a dark room paired with a creepy guy in a mask. Of course, the experience was a bit more than that, but that was the essence of the whole experience.
We were assigned the lockers, and we decided to first start moving them into an arrangement that could be deemed as claustrophobic:
You’ll also notice that the lights in the photo are blocked out, covered by cardboard, which was a necessity to the whole experience as it was imperative that we had no light leaking into our staging area.
My involvement with the final project was mostly with the setting up of the stage, I helped drape the curtains on top of the green screen frame, and also helped extend the frame a bit further with the plastic pieces reinforced by spare wood.
Greenscreen frame not long enough? Just find some wood and plastic.
Using this we were able to construct a bigger frame that would suit our absence of light needs.
Next, we started draping curtains over the whole entire thing, aiming to create a space that was both claustrophobic, and extremely dark.
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We secured these curtains with magnets:
Pretty effective! The extent of the work that I personally did on the project was just getting the space set up, getting rid of all light leaks, and also helping with the blocking of the experience. I also acted as the main scare guy, dressed up in a cloak and mask, and hid behind a curtain in the back of the lockers. It was hard to video the experience as it was pitch black inside of our space, but we found great success as we were only able to go through about 10-20% of the people who signed up for the experience.