万圣节惊魂夜 我是恐怖设计师
(Halloween Horror Nights; I am a designer of horror)

26 September 2018
Lianhe Zaobao supplement, Page 28 & 29

NAFA students, Yuan Hui and fellow classmate Nur Mustika led their teams to design two ‘Scare Zones’ for Halloween Horror Nights at Resorts World Sentosa.

“I’ve only been to Halloween Horror Nights once. In fact, I closed my eyes the entire way when I was in the haunted house!” says third year student Wu Yuan Hui from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) as she shares about her experience. She is still apprehensive about it. Unexpectedly, Yuan Hui ended up participating in the collaboration project between NAFA and Universal Studios Singapore this year together with 14 other students. They are working on the designs for two “Scare Zones” for Halloween Horror Nights.

Yuan Hui and fellow classmate Nur Mustika are both leads of the two student teams who are working on their respective scare zones. In addition to coming up with concepts for the scare zones, they also use computers to come up with professional technical plans that include the design style, size and placement of the respective sets, props, as well as the actors, who will lie in wait to shock unsuspecting visitors.

Yuan Hui’s team is responsible for the Scare Zone “Apocalypse: Earth”. She shared that the setting for this zone is in New York, and that they are working to make it as realistic as possible in order to increase the overall visual impact. She also shared that she has learned a lot from this experience, as some concepts cannot realistically be done, and therefore some designs were changed accordingly. She added, “We can learn the basics of design at school, but it’s only after participating in large-scale projects like this that I realised that design is not just based on your imagination, but also the consideration of limitations in regards to venue, materials and various security factors.

The other team led by Nur Mustika also encountered similar challenges. Her team is responsible for the scare zone “Cannibal”, set in Egypt. She shared that they had designed a few tall pillars which looked spectacular in the concepts, but when it was created, the desired effect was not achieved. Fortunately, they still had time to make changes. She said, “I’ve only studied interior design for two years, and I felt quite jittery working with such a professional team. But the person in charge, Fuji, gave me and the team great encouragement and help. Besides his guidance, he also enabled us to feel more confident about ourselves.”

Fuji, the Senior Creative Director for Resorts World, also affirmed the students’ performance. He said, “We have done Halloween Horror Nights for eight years running, and the addition of students inspire new possibilities. NAFA students, in particular, come from different cultures and all walks of life. As such, they can come up with greatly different creative concepts.”

Halloween Horror Nights 8 takes place on selected dates from 27 September to 31 October.

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Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.