Tuesday, April 23, 2024

How attractions industry creatives and geeks shelter in place, inventively

by Judith Rubin

The inventiveness of the themed entertainment industry, its team-oriented culture and sense of humor will assert themselves even in COVID lockdown. Here are two inspiring examples, from Miziker Entertainment and John Huntington.

“Zoom 2 the Beat” is an upbeat, short video in which the Miziker Entertainment collaborates as a percussion ensemble via Zoom. The company specializes in parades and live entertainment for theme parks and produced the Journey of Lights parade for Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, which was honored with a TEA Thea Award. Watch here: https://vimeo.com/417028471

Miziker Entertainment team beats the Zoom blues

The Popsicle Kitteh Pandemic Entertainment System (pictured at top) is somewhat more involved. This remote class project was spearheaded by John Huntington, who teaches show control at the City Tech Entertainment Technology department in Brooklyn, and organizes the Geekout gatherings during InfoComm. A number of sophisticated show control software and hardware elements, including Medialon Manager, are integrated with a pet treat delivery system that engages Huntington’s tuxedo cat, Popsicle, who is also a rising star on Instagram. See the full case study and more pictures here: http://controlgeek.net/blog/2020/5/8/popsicle-kitteh-pandemic-entertainment-system-show-control-class-project

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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