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Jim Warfield
12-04-2007, 12:49 AM
Does it matter?
Realistic on what level? As a character or do you get to blurr the line and seem to be a real person, thereby being even scarier when you get mentally off-center?
Do customers ever ask you or other actors if you have ever been trained as an "actor"?
Do you get enough time in your haunted venue to act the way that you would want to act, as far as time or the best situational opportunitys?

factoryofterror
03-26-2008, 05:09 PM
l believe you can be as realistic as you want..the more the better. If your really real, so to speak, you freak the shit out of the customers. l've found that to be very true. don't conversate with them and lf you do stay in character especially to those who have not gone through the attraction yet. When l'm working in house l never take a break, because l believe lt breaks the barrier....lf they see you walking around going to the bathroom,smoking and takin pic, lt breaks the realism factor

Smiley
03-26-2008, 05:32 PM
Does it matter?

Depends on what the situation, the scene, calls for. Yes you can go for realism, but sometimes it isn't what your patrons wish to see. On occasion the scene you're in is over-the-top; zombie radiation area, clown playroom, french chef kitchen, and so on, that scream twisted wackyness don't really fit the profile of "real". So what would be more entertaning given this scene? A realistic character is plausible, but an over-the-top one doesn't sound too bad either.

Jim Warfield
03-27-2008, 07:51 AM
Sometimes a customer will hazard to ask me or just say it out loud,"Are you crazy?"
Or they put it in a more deragatory form:"Are you nuts?"
Then I may remind them that "they" bought a ticket to see "my" house, not the other way around.
I try to impress upon them that I am now incharge of their immeadiate "fate"and maybe (at least in some ways?)" I might be more smarterz than thay R?"
But of course with a whole different outlook concerning what should be happening to them as they are now a prisoner here with little or no rights. This all looks pretty dire seeing it in type but this whole message is more subtle than not, I think. I hope.
When I am walking them through the concrete exit tunnel I am telling them the truth, I did dig the whole thing myself with a rather small shovel..when the average person begins to consider the physical commitment such a work-project requires..then they may become scard because they ARE in the close company of a really commited individual, and of course "commited" usually seems to have a negative connotation anymore.
Of course I also did all the cement carrying and pouring and rebar work and form work, it ain't quick nor easy making a heavy-duty form snake around like that with a rounded ceiling and sidewalls bending back and forth so you "just" can't quite see around the curve just too far... a curved wall is inviting them to make a gradual decision as to whether proceed or not which throws the "blame" for them possibly then getting scared back upon them..a little bit.

monsterwax
04-21-2008, 07:06 PM
i like to screw with the minds, and talk to them "out of character" (when in reality, still in character). I like to complain about how dangerous the place is. "Man, you should have been here last night when the lady was stabbed with the pitchfork. What a MESS that was! How they kept it out of the papers I'll never guess." Or my favorite, "You're wearing sandals? Don't you know about the rats? You couldn't PAY me enough to come in here with exposed toes at rodent level. You're a braver person than I!" Then again, that only works if you're in make up and NOT a rubber mask!

film_actor
09-08-2008, 02:38 PM
ahh yeah people walking through have asked if I was an actor..it almost ruins it though. but yeah I think I have tried to perfect my part in the haunt. I've purposly broke down crying, lost my voice countless times screaming, had to deal with real spiders crawling next to me while trying to keep in character! thats hard!, and i've injured myself all too much on faulty, oversized props...lol. But yeah, its cool though i enjoy it...so i guess the job comes with knowing whats invloved in a way.

kev6872
10-07-2008, 02:46 AM
A club that I belong to is putting on a haunted corn maze this year. We opened last Fri and Sat night. Overall I think it is going pretty well.
Anyway, I am playing a scarecrow. So instead of realistic I am going for the fake approach. I am perched up on a cross and when the time is right I jump down, or just scare them. I like to size them up as I watch them come toward me. If I think they might swing I make sure I don't get close or I might not jump down at all. The only one I have had swing on me so far did so as he was jumping away from me. He was a good 4 feet away from me swinging like he was killing bees. We both got a big laugh out of it.
Like I said I try to look fake, like a stuffed dummy. One woman walked right up to me and tapped on my boots, then pushed in on my leg and said "that is SO fake". This put the rest of their group at ease and when I saw a gap between people I jump down yelling. Half ran one way and half ran the other.
Realistic may not always be the best approach. So far everyone that has seen me thinks I am a dummy. Hmm that doesn't look as good in type as it sounded in my head. :lol:

phreakout
10-08-2008, 11:52 PM
i play a toxic clown, so i go mentally insane, and just laugh between my sentences. i love asking them questions, and just getting inside their heads.

sometimes i just act very curious about the person, and then explode into a fit and go bezerk. those who hate clowns are scared out of their wits, wheile everyone else is having a blast. its soo much fun.

Damien Warwick
10-09-2008, 10:43 AM
realism is good...since my character is...well...hehe....somewhat of a balanced human being, I am allowed to talk to the people...I usually start telling them the history of my hotel and tease at what I plan on doing....never give them details. When they ask if I'm trained as an actor...always respond in character....for those who think that the person was being a jerk, you just put them in their place. For that person, it makes them (usually lol) realise that you're serious about what your doing. It also just adds to the overall fun that everyone has....well anyways....happy haunting everyone...its just a lil cold in here and I think it's time I heat things up a lil ;)

Jim Warfield
12-08-2008, 10:46 PM
"Do I look like I got run over by a train!?"
Do you see the edge of my training pants sticking above my big-person pants?
"Trained", think about the word. The engine pulls, all the cars are forced to follow.
I just decided I don't like the word "Trained" anymore.
Why should I tie myself , then follow some huffing and puffing whistle -blowing full of hot air blowhard?
"Choo, choo, choo, spit, swallow!
Belch! Phartt! Away we go! Follow me! Suck my poisons!

OdetteDespairr
01-15-2009, 12:32 PM
I think that its great when you're so into character and really transform yourself from toes to nose that the public has trouble making themselves believe that you're jsut an actor. I debuted my new character this season and it was so good to hear from patrons trying to run from me saying "oh my god shes so friggin creepy" or "holy shit she's like the realest one."

I think the trick is to create your character and never leave a stone unturned. From the movements of your fingertips to the way you blink your eyes to how you move and speak. I think the key to realisim is to really get into someones psyce that this is who you are and that they should with good reason be afraid of you. You have to look at them and force them to believe in you and the character you are.

Odette

oakhillshaunterTHEFEAR
01-20-2009, 01:42 AM
I still think the actor must always play it by ear. If you go all out every single time it wont be special to the actor themself and if your not motivated to do that special all out blast then your acting is gonna suffer. Or i could just be bloing smoke out my butt rite now cuz im tired.

Jim Warfield
01-20-2009, 04:50 AM
Maybe it's just my face? Maybe it's more???
"Evil Persona?" Projecting it how?
I have scared and upset numerous people without even trying, without realising it and all when I was harboring no ill-will towards anyone.
(I'm talking long before any haunted house, back when I was in high school)
Gotta go with one's natural "Gifts", I guess, it makes at least that part of your life easier! hahahaha!
But then one of the early symptoms of Parkinson's diesease is when people think you are mad at them because of your facial expressions yet you aren't mad at all, runaway face?
This sounds silly but I did read this many years ago, it caught my attention because my Grandmother had Parkinsons.
Maybe I read this in a tabloid?
They write anything just to use up the ink.

EngineerofFear
02-20-2009, 12:28 AM
Does it matter?
Realistic on what level? As a character or do you get to blurr the line and seem to be a real person, thereby being even scarier when you get mentally off-center?
Do customers ever ask you or other actors if you have ever been trained as an "actor"?
Do you get enough time in your haunted venue to act the way that you would want to act, as far as time or the best situational opportunitys?

I've never been asked if I was trained, although I have been asked how much I get paid on numerous occasions. I usually dismiss these questions with either a comedic comeback, or just charging into a scare.

Jim Warfield
02-20-2009, 01:44 AM
to the question they ask you, "What do you get paid?"
"I get paid in pieces of 8! A few minutes ago I slowed down and could only eat 7 pieces of that shorter woman who came in just before you."
Then act like you are going to puke on them! Some Fun!
I think playing with words Ate/eight can catch them off guard, makes them think and with that terrible distraction working for you, you can scare them better!

Dr. Giggles
02-27-2009, 06:39 PM
"How much do you get payed for this job?"
My reply "out of character"
"We dont this is community service, we are all convicted felons! The security is here for YOUR protection not ours!"
At this point my hand drops to my side rapidly like i have a weapon of some sort in my pocket. Along with a crazed laugh this usually suffices.
But i have been asked before. Just because of my master of the characters i played. Which in truth i did have a lot of formal drama teaching because i used to be a huge Musical buff. So its trained my voice and my acting ability.

StackerSteve
03-01-2009, 06:45 PM
"How much do you get payed for this job?"
My reply "out of character"
"We dont this is community service, we are all convicted felons! The security is here for YOUR protection not ours!"
.

That is killeer. I'd use that line if my charachter talked. As a pig I stick to disturbing grunts until I see the look of horror when they turn then I hit with the squeals

Badger
04-02-2009, 10:18 AM
Every actor responds to areas in a different way. During the 2007 season, I worked in a "Scare Zone" that had several different types of characters. We had some that talked to people, some that chased, some that were completely wacked out, some who were sliders, and some that did a little of all. Some of them stayed that way all season, while others changed each night.

I think having the variety makes for a better haunt and gives it a touch of realism.