Halloween fans are in for a huge treat during ScareLA 2014! On Saturday, August 9th, representatives from four major theme park Halloween events will take to the stage together to discuss the behind-the-scenes logistics of creating an army of undead to unleash each night here in Southern California! Titled “Making Monsters“, this unique panel will feature the individuals who oversee the makeup operations for Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!
This is an unprecedented collaborative presentation that for the first time, sees Southern California’s major theme parks coming together as a collective group to share stories, ideas and engage fans in a Q&A session from the same stage.
Tim Barham will represent Knott’s Scary Farm, the event that began theme park Halloween events in 1973. A member of the Knott’s Berry Farm team for 20 years, Tim is the Area Manager of Wardrobe and Makeup Design. It’s his responsibility to oversee all aspects of preparing Halloween Haunt’s massive array of maze and street monsters, as well as show performers and the team that brings them all to life.
Scott Ramp will represent Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, where he has served as makeup designer of the park’s Halloween event for the past 21 years. An accomplished writer, director and actor, Scott also formed his own business in 1995 – The Scream Team – which supplies high-quality, hand-made foam latex appliances to haunters around the world.
Larry Bones will represent Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. He will discuss the process and talented artists he’s overseen since HHN returned to Los Angeles in 2006. Larry is the owner of Bone Yard Effects, a full-service makeup production studio for the film and haunted attraction industry, and is a prominent creative force on the ScareLA show floor for the second year running.
Christina Cofran will be representing Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. She is Dark Harbor’s Department Head/Makeup Supervisor. A 16-year veteran of Queen Mary’s Halloween events, Christina develops the look of Dark Harbor’s monsters, and trains a team of makeup artists each season in bringing the ship’s denizens to life.
“This is a huge deal for us, and an incredibly exciting moment for Halloween fans,” explains Rick West, Creative Programming Producer of ScareLA. “For the first time ever anywhere, four of Southern California’s premier theme parks are coming together as a united front on one stage at the same time to discuss what it takes to bring thousands of monsters to life every night for their high-profile events! These pros will talk about the common logistical challenges they face, as well as unique aspects of each attraction they represent. I am very excited about this panel in particular, because it embodies the spirit of what ScareLA is at its core – the celebration of Halloween as a singular community here in Southern California.”
Rick West will host the Making Monsters panel, which will consist of a group discussion, followed by Q&A from audience members. Making Monsters will take place on Saturday, August 9th at 5:30 P.M. on Stage 1, the main presentation theater at ScareLA. This panel presentation is expected to fill up very quickly; fans wishing to attend should plan their schedules accordingly.