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STEMFest —The Science Behind Haunted Houses

From 10/28/20 6:00 pm until 10/28/20 8:00 pm
At Zoom
Categories: Arts

In haunted houses, as in theater, there’s a fine line between pretend and real. For a good “scare” to work, the central nervous system must be tricked into reacting before the conscious mind takes over and realizes it’s all a game. How do actors, directors, set builders and lighting designers use science, engineering and their understanding of human psychology and physiology to create an effective haunted house? Learn about the science and art behind haunted houses with Paul Kassel, dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Jim Langley, scene and lighting designer and retired theater professor.

Kassel — a professional actor, director and playwright — has played both villains and victims, and has directed violent and frightening material. And as a theater designer, Langley knows all the tricks, including fake blood, stage smoke, fog, and even how to how to chop off someone’s head (without really doing so). These two master craftspeople will share secrets of how to create the illusion of danger that prompts fear. Like a magic trick, knowing how it’s done can actually make a good haunted house even more fun.

Registration is required for this event. Click on the link provided in your confirmation email to enter the meeting by 5:50 p.m. CDT. The meeting room opens at 5:45 p.m., and speakers begin promptly at 6 p.m. - REGISTER

For the month of October, there are STEM-fest events sponsored by NIU every week.  
Many other events at NIU during October, including STEM Saturdays and Maker Mondays - Check them out!

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