Syfy approached L+C about helping them launch a new reality show called “Stranded” – where contestants have to spend an extended period of time alone in supposedly haunted location. They would not be accompanied by a film crew. They would document their terrifying stay all alone, Jack Torrence style.

They wanted a promo loosely inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining“. They had come to the right place. I challenge you to find a creative office anywhere on the seven continents filled with more Kubrick freaks than L+C.

We jumped in feet first with the Kubrick reference and researched every spooky-looking hotel in the entire country. In the end, all parties voted for the famous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA – It had beautifully rich architectural details and a multitude of different spaces we could use to tell our story.

While we in pre-production in LA, designers back in New York were busy crafting¬†the show’s logo, which needed to be printed on to a room key for the final shot and logo lockup.

I wrote the script, supervised the music & SFX, and creative directed the spot to completion. Daniel Fries directed. Music house Black Iris gave us a great, ominous soundtrack to cut with, and some hair-raising sound design that really put the spot over the top. Ronn lueang did the 3D and compositing. Corey Weisz did the editing.

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