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WBOO Television Studio Tour

Project Details

Date Completed

October 2006




A child-friendly "haunted" train ride through the fictional WBOO Television Studios for the 2006 Zoo Boo event at the Indianapolis Zoo. I wrote the script, recorded and edited the master audio file, designed and built the sets, and wrote and directed the pre-show video.

Skills Used

Videography, Video Editing, Audio Recording & Editing, Set Design & Construction, Show Production

Ride Pre-Show Video:

Full Show Master Recording:

Show Grapics:

The following logos were created for the “shows” that were filming along the backlot tour. (Click an image to enlarge.)

Along the route of the tour, we also created billboards to advertise other fictional shows on the channel that were not featured on the tour itself. (Click an image to enlarge.)

Project Description:

For our 2006 season of Zoo Boo, I decided to take a more lighthearted approach to the annual “haunted” train ride. At the height of the reality television craze, I came up with the concept of turning the ride in to a backstage studio tour of the fictional “WBOO Television Studios.” The story is that this studio is the number one television network of the monster world, and for a limited time only, they are allowing humans to get a peek behind-the-scenes as they film some of their most popular programs.

The tour of WBOO Television Studios lasted approximately 10 minutes, and was a very popular attraction for the Zoo Boo event. In anticipation of the longer lines that would typically form for our annual haunted train attraction, we also created a 24-minute pre-show video that looped continuously and played commercials and gave previews of the programming that was available on the fictional channel.

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