VideoInk got a sneak peak at this year’s YouTube Space LA Halloween set, inspired by the works of comic book creator Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead,” “Invincible”).
The set, occupying Stage 2, depicts a rundown shack with a living room, a dining area, a kitchen and a bedroom, as well as a space in the back with a vintage dentist chair and various torture devices. From now through Oct. 29, YouTube creators will write and shoot videos there, exploring the theme “What happened here?”
Although the set looks like the perfect place to seek refuge from or encounter the undead, a YouTube spokesperson said the videos produced there would not necessarily be works of horror. They could be comedies or dramas. One can only hope that none of the creators takes a stab at romance in this setting.
This year’s Halloween set is a bit more modest than last year’s, which occupied YouTube Space LA’s larger Stage 1. Inspired by the works of director Guillermo del Toro, it depicted a gothic mansion with a great room, a séance parlor, a solarium, a haunted garden and an attic. For last year’s program, there were similar sets at YouTube Spaces in London, New York and Tokyo, but this year Los Angeles will be the only Space participating. This year’s Kirkman-inspired set was created by production designer Hillary Gurtler, who designed last year’s set in collaboration with Ethan Feldbau.
The current Halloween creators program at YouTube Space LA is being presented in association with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, which has produced the films “Air,” starring Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) and Djimon Hounsou, and “Outcast,” starring Patrick Fugit, as well as the “People’s Court” take-off “Nerd Court,” made in association with Maker Studios.
The videos are slated to go live on individual creator channels between Oct. 26 and Halloween. Select videos will also appear on the YouTube Spaces channel and the official Skybound YouTube channel, and be promoted on social media.
As part of the program, fifteen YouTube creators, representing eight channels, were selected for a scriptwriting workshop:
- Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison of MysteryGuitarMan
- Zeke Thomas & Sarah Lukasiewicz of BlackBoxTV
- Michael Schroeder & Michael Davis of The Warp Zone
- Steve Zaragoza & Lon Harris of SourceFed
- Lana McKissack & Nathan Moore of Lana McKissack
- Emily McGregor & Sam Weller of Comediva
- Yulin Kuang of yulin is working
- Whitney Milam & Rachel Kiley of Whitney Milam
Led by brothers Sean and Bryan Furst, who head Skybound’s film and TV division, the workshop was held earlier this month at YouTube Space LA. It included guest speakers such as David Alpert, executive producer of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and president of Skybound Entertainment, and Oscar-winning actress/filmmaker Geena Davis, who discussed how females are portrayed on screen and gave suggestions on how to achieve gender-balance in scripts.
The workshop participants are competing for a development deal with Skybound. The winner will be announced at a special screening event at YouTube Space LA in late October.
As is tradition, YouTube Space LA’s Halloween program will conclude with a costume party. Here’s a look at last year’s bash: