Eliminate Reasons To Hold Back

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”

“Yes, and…”

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…””

A Real World Example

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”

Recover A Scared Kid

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”

How Connections Are Made – First Step

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”

Connections

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”

A Little History

Defining The Why is your key to creating a full character. The work to build a full character is one half of the job. The other half, in interactive entertainment, is connecting the character with visitors. Before I get into connecting, a little flashback on how these ideas came into being. I was responsible toContinue reading “A Little History”

The Why Part Three – Why Am I Asking Why?

Get the answer to The Why question and you will have the goal that your character is driven to accomplish. You will have Why your character is in this place, at this time. And Why the character does what they’re doing right now, at this very moment. You’ve got the heart of the character asContinue reading “The Why Part Three – Why Am I Asking Why?”

Welcome to Interactive Characters

Imagine for a moment. You meet a character you’ve admired for years. How would it feel to know – you’re a hero to them? As an Interactive Character you portray almost anything you can imagine. When done well, you become a living being; immersed in your own world.  And the best part is having anContinue reading “Welcome to Interactive Characters”