Creating Compelling Characters For Immersive Environments
Here’s a quick thought about what we do and the creative process. Sure, in our work we have to “color inside the lines”. That’s part of the whole process. We are part of teams that help us prepare performances and evaluate what happens in rehearsals. The final product belongs to many contributors. Still, I runContinue reading “Eliminate Reasons To Hold Back”
In your work as an interactive character, the Yes part of “Yes, and…” means accepting what the guest sends your way. The And is your response. Now, you could And them from a menu of lines or bits you know usually work. Imagine, instead, using their offer to make the connection more real. What ifContinue reading “Pivot… Spin… Adapt”
The Goal – Each guest becomes a unique, contributing partner in the word of our story. Every time a guest interacts with a character, their feeling of being a valued part of this new world grows deeper and fuller. They go on to explore their new environment, inspired, confident and emotionally connected to this imaginaryContinue reading ““Yes, and…””
The kind of connection we want between a character and a guest is a personal give and take. A two-way interaction. In the example in last blog entry, we got where the guest makes an emotional connection with the dinosaur. That’s one half of our interaction. Imagine, now, the character incorporates the natural human cuesContinue reading “It’s Personal”
Here’s a non-human character that couldn’t speak and still pulled guests into her world. I worked regularly with a large dinosaur that would appear in the park. We wanted her to feel as real as possible. The tone surrounding her is this is a real event, with a real animal. Any suggestion of performance isContinue reading “A Real World Example”
A quick tangent. As I was writing, I traced these interactive character ideas back to the one standing rule, “Do whatever it takes to Recover A Scared Kid”. When a character unintentionally scares a kid, performers usually do one of three things: Fumble around until someone moves the sobbing kid away and the meet andContinue reading “Recover A Scared Kid”
Let’s review. As humans we have very sophisticated programming to be social – to interact. At the beginning of every interaction you have two choices. Keep your attention on yourself or place your focus on the other person. If you focus on yourself, you become self-conscious and introspective. You miss the cues those other humansContinue reading “What You Observe – Apply The Why”
As humans, we are always sending out information about the way we feel and what we are thinking. We are instinctively trained to receive these cues and react – based on that information and what you want to accomplish. Simply giving those cues value and allowing them to affect you creates a genuine connection. SendingContinue reading “A Connections Is Made – Use Your Lifetime of Experience”
You are wearing a character costume in an immersive environment. You’re staged in one place and there is a queue of guest waiting to meet you. Your job is to connect and have a fantastic interaction with every guest. The most fundamental way to connect with another person is to share eye contact with them.Continue reading “How Connections Are Made – First Step”
We are created with a deep, instinctive drive to belong, to love and to be loved. Connecting is a fundamental human need. It is so ingrained in us, we make the decision to like or reject someone in a matter of seconds. It’s a survival mechanism. We are hardwired to do that. To our instincts,Continue reading “Connections”
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