The Ed Marzola Interview (4) -
"Acting skills are important..."
Ed Marzola: Acting
skills are important to the success of Pasaje
attractions. A stern (i.e. an austere nanny type) scolding the
audience upon entering can prepare them for what is to come by
instilling some early measure of fear.
This simple device was sometimes enhanced by an actor dressed as
a security guard while people were waiting outside to get in.
The Pasaje relies as much as what is in it, as in what you
"imagine" that is there, or is about to happen, or you "think"
is in there.
The exit doors, for example, tend to be located near the entry
queue because as people exit running and screaming, what those
about to get in to see happening raises their expectation of
Scripting of the whole experience has to be very carefully
planned, and then changes are made as you observe how things
work out with the public.
The cast of characters you use is very important, because you
can make a much better experience if the characters in it are
recognized from movies, television, etc. For example, a Linda
Blair type in "The Exorcist" and Freddie Kruger of "Nightmare on
Elm Street" etc. The movies have already prepared your audience
to expect terror...
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