ScareLA 2017: A place to play, learn, explore, and grow
ScareLA 2017 took place August 5th and 6th, at the beautiful LA Convention center. It was a homecoming for the event, and a dream come true for a least a few special folks in the LA Horror industry. As we prepare for the upcoming Halloween season, let’s take a look back a few weeks ago to a weekend event that prepared us for this year’s festivities. It was a weekend for playing, learning, and exploring, and growing. I am so excited to be able to share some of the details with our readers.
I first spoke with Lora Ivanova, founder and creator of ScareLA in June in a phone interview, ( http://coasterchitchat.com/index.php ). She was passionate and excited about the changes they had made for 2017, including the move back to the Los Angeles Convention Center, a dream of hers. I had the privilege of interviewing Lora Ivanova in person during the convention, on Sunday afternoon. We spoke about, among other things, how her vision of the convention had played out.
So let’s check out some of the things that took place at ScareLA. When Lora and I spoke back in June, I had asked her what she wanted guest to take from ScareLA. So let’s look at those goals, and how it worked out.
1.) Have a blast at this amazing event.
I can’t imagine how anyone didn’t have a blast at this event. There was so many things to experience. However, this was not an experience that did not require participation. I feel that the more you put into the experience, the more you would get from it. There were a variety of play opportunities:
2.) Learn something new about their self.
There were so many opportunities to learn! Makeup, costuming, new ways to experience Halloween! One of the most interesting things I experienced was a presentation on VR, (Virtual Reality). David and I attended a seminar on VR and the numerous applications it has in today’s world.
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3.) Know a new skill, be excited to do more, inspire the next generation.
My entire ScareLA experience was about being excited to do more, and to inspire the next generation to become more involved with the world of horror. I didn’t exactly learn a new skill, but I did learn more about myself, my interest, and my passions. By sharing the experience with my friend David, I learned to see things from another’s view point. His interest in movies is not one I previously shared, and my love of VR experiences was not one of his, but because of the merging of VR and the new movies “Annabelle” and “It” so brilliantly presented by Warner Brothers, a commonality was established.
On Sunday, July 30th, the world premiere of Mary Rangel’s “The Metamorphosis Experiment” took place. This is Mary’s first short film, and it is brilliant. Set at a community college, it tells the story of a young professors experiments, that just maybe got carried away. The story is told with a charm, humor, and sensitivity. Mary was kind enough to spend several minutes speaking with me regarding her dream, and I will be adding that to this piece shortly, (technical issue.)
There were so many amazing images to capture at the convention. Here are just a few collaguges, photography and collagues created by David Carpenter.
ScareLA was entertaining, educational, and just fun! I had a blast, and I would like to thank Lora Ivanova, Robert Hernandez, and the entire ScareLA team for a wonderful weekend!