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  1. Not sure if you are referring to the 'queue' or the portions once you are 'in the orphanage'...but if you are referring to the Maple Portrait, the Shadow People, the Haunted Hallway and the Forgotten Nursery, I guess we just disagree, LOL...those scenes are there to establish a 'build up' in tension/suspense...tho NONE of the 'attraction' is meant to be 'jump out and scare' level (I personally consider such FX a dime a dozen, easy to do...they are not 'scary', simply 'startling' IMHO...I prefer grand illusions and memorable visuals to cheap scares...much as I would say I would rather journey through the beautiful illusions in the 'tame' Haunted Mansion at Disneyland a dozen times before bothering once w/ a 'jump out and startle people' haunted house... Well, those are TWO of my faves so far, anyway (the other is the Forgotten Nursery, as I love the Pepper's Ghost illusions employed there... Well, again, I prefer the notion of building suspense, teasing the 'riders' with 'hints' of things (Shadow People, hands in the walls, etc) and BUILDING to reveal the ghosts outright, much as Disney's HM attractions do...again, just my personal view, and pretty much exactly how I've dreamed of doing it since I was about 8 years old... LOL...well, I already covered why I prefer NOT to have any jump scares... Not really...I am not going for 'real scares', more of 'visually striking illusions', again, like Disney's HM dark rides...I just personally am more attracted to those themes, and this project reflects that. I can see what you are sayin', tho...if you are looking for 'jump out at you' scares, this project likely won't hold much of your interest... Too similar to the HM 'changing portraits' you first see when exiting the Stretching Room, IMHO...I wanted my 'attraction' to feel 'inspired' by the HM, but I am not seeking to 'rip it off', haha... I added the orphans arms reaching up for Miss Sally, then her alteration that 'scares them back'...it's just meant as a quick 'intro' to the 'tone' of the upcoming sequences... This is something I agree with, and coincidentally, I have already edited in a few more audio clips/walkie talkie communications between the Spectre Seekers...I just don't want to 'over do it', as having a few scenes with NO speaking adds to the ambiguity, I think...and ambiguity works wonders in a chilling setting... LOL, 'nit picky'...I don't think so at all, I truly appreciate your input...I might not agree with some things you have said/your perspectives on elements, but that's what opinions are all about, man... Yeah, two plus years of free time and counting... You might find the upcoming sequences more to your liking, the visitor carts exit the building to circle the exterior upper level balcony, looking down on the haunted play yard...FX abound, miniature woodland areas and outdoor FX...I guess I shall wait and see what you have to say when I get that all filmed...(fingers crossed!...) I highly doubt I will EVER see this thing 'for real' in full scale, the cost to bring it to life would be enormous...Disney's HM cost 1 million on 1969, can you even imagine how pricey THIS thing would be?... Well, we may not agree on aspects I have done so far, but no matter...I truly appreciate hearing what you had to say, and I hope my future additions impress you a tad more, but even if they do not, I know enough to acknowledge that the project 'isn't going to make everyone happy', and it isn't truly meant to, as it's my vision and what I have dreamed about since I was a lil' kid...I get that. But you taking time to break things down as you did, give YOUR takes on it all, good or bad, is greatly appreciated, Sir...thank you. -
  2. Many thanks... LOTS of updates since I posted here last...the miniature dark ride theme is now a 'haunted orphanage'...and I have 7 of the planned 11 scenes finished... [youtu_be]http://youtu.be/ni9BSwUemmk[/youtu_be]
  3. Hey All... My name is Kevin Karstens...and I have dreamed of creating a scary dark ride (sort of an 'adult' Disney's Haunted Mansion) since I was about 8 years old... Given the laughable high costs in accomplishing this in reality, I came up with the concept of creating all the sequences in miniature (I'm an illustrator/animator for a living) as fully functioning scenes, and filming them, as if you were riding through the full attraction... Would love to hear what you all think of it all so far (I am still working on it all, adding more to the scenes almost daily...I hope to have it completed by this Halloween)... TRAILER I created for the attraction, under my business concept name 'Mutual Attractions'... Lookin' forward to your input...and thanks in advance... -K
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