Welcome to 'Experience Imagination', a Themed Entertainment Podcast presented by Falcon's Creative Group. On this show, artists, engineers, filmmakers, and other creative professionals from in and around our design studio come together to tackle a new discussion topic every episode. When it comes to the latest trends, theories, and technologies, we’re diving into the deep end of the pool to shine a light on the modern revolution of themed attractions and entertainment experiences.
This episode focuses on Edutainment and how to create spaces that blend play and exploration in a way that leads to deeper engagement.
We are joined by special guests Dawn Ciccone, Vice President KIDS Licensing (PBS KIDS Portfolio Partnerships), and Spencer Jones, Science Program Specialist Orlando Science Center.
The ÄEONXP™ ecosystem redefines traditional brick and mortar entertainment by introducing guests to multifaceted levels of engagement that allow them to personalize their experiences across theme parks, live events, branded destinations, location-based entertainment venues, or individual attractions. A key feature is its ability to be networked across multiple sites and experiences, connecting guests to a larger universe of play an...
What does it take to bring a water park to life? In this episode, we discuss water park design with a few experts in the field. We’re joined by a couple of guests from the WhiteWater team; Emily Colombo vice president, strategic partnerships, and Ron Lausman vice president business development – architectural services. This episode also features Evan Barnett president and general manager of Typhoon Texas.
In this episode, we explore the interactive theaters and their evolution throughout the years.
We’re joined by a special guest, Kevin Murphy director of sales and marketing at Kraftwerk Living Technologies.
In this episode, we sit down with members of the Falcon's team to discuss their favorite methods of escapism.
The Falcon's team gives further insight on the first-of-its-kind, SpectraVerse™ attraction system. The SpectraVerse™ family of products merges time-tested, immersive storytelling techniques with advanced technologies to deliver paradigm-shifting, interactive, walk-through dark ride experiences. These joint social experiences give each individual their own positionally-tracked perspective and unique role to play, which allows th...
Learn more about the award-winning exhibition, “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” which opened at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. in late 2019.
We’re joined by a few special guests who have great insight into Dr. Goodall’s story as well as the creation of this exhibition. From National Geographic, Vice President, Alan Parente and VP & Exec. Dir, Kathryn Keane, join the conversation. We are als...
Explore the evolution of immersive experiences. In this episode we examine the past, present, and future of immersion.
We are joined by special guest Celeste Lovette Guichard who is a Professor of Architectural History at SCAD as well as Falcon’s Production Designer Charlie Jicha. Celeste shares a bit about the history of virtual environments while Charlie discusses the different types of immersive experiences and takes a look in...
We're very excited to announce the opening of Falcon's X-Lab in Orlando, Florida.
X-Lab stands for the Experience Laboratory, and represents a culmination of many of the technological and creative innovations that Falcon's has pioneered worldwide. The name says it all, as this has become the laboratory where we sculpt and vigorously test our experiential concepts—where the thinkers and the tinkerers on our team gather t...
In this episode, we continue to explore how characters are brought to life. We are joined by "The Voiceover Dynamic Duo" Grant and Jessica Gee-George as well as Eric Calderon, an animation executive, writer and director credited on over a dozen major animated TV series.
Learn more about Grant and Jessica here: https://www.onlinevocoaching.com/
Learn more about Eric here: https://www.captaincalderon.com/
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Join us on a journey through the process of creating characters for themed experiences. In this episode, we breakdown how characters are built, exploring each stage from writing the character bibles and scripts to the creating the visual representation of the character.
We are joined by Katmandu Group’s Cory Demerau to discuss the creation of several of their characters for the upcoming theme park in Punta Cana.
In this episode we explore the ever-evolving technology of XR and how extended realities can elevate themed entertainment.
We are joined by special guest Charlie Fink, a leading voice in XR technology, who gives insight into what the future of XR could hold.
Follow Charlie Fink on social media: @charliefink
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Explore animation in themed entertainment with members of the Falcon’s Digital Media team.
The final episode of this two-part series features an internal discussion analyzing the process of creating animated experiences for uncommon formats.
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This episode explores the art of animation and its role in storytelling and modern entertainment. We are joined by veteran animator, designer, and director Aaron Blaise and our very own VP of Digital Media Jason Ambler. With more than 20 years of experience at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Company, Aaron provides a unique look at the field of animation!
Learn more about Aaron Blaise here: creatureartteacher.com
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As experience designers and creative professionals, we all come from different backgrounds, and we all take inspiration from many different sources. So, we decided to reach out to all-star panel of colleagues and friends, including Frank Weigand, Cole NeSmith, Ron Hines, and members of the Falcon’s team, to find out what has inspired them throughout their careers. Enjoy!
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In this episode, we had the chance to sit down with the team pioneering the University of Florida's new Themed Experience graduate program.
The UCF Advisory Council is made up of entertainment industry leaders and veterans, including Falcon's Own, Cecil Magpuri. They have come together with UCF and their students to help shape what this new track in Themed Experience education will look like.
After the initial group discu...
Walk down memory lane with Falcon's in this "20th Anniversary Special" episode featuring several honorable guests, including Fantasy Of Flight owner and aviator Kermit Weeks.
In this episode, the Falcon team and guests discuss Falcon's humble beginnings, the projects that helped spark growth, and the path to the next 20 years.
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In the first episode of Season 3, we discuss intellectual property, and it's growing role in storytelling in the themed entertainment industry.
We are honored to be joined by Alan Parente, VP of Creative at National Geographic Society to discuss intellectual property, how the Nat Geo brand has evolved, and the venture into offering Nat Geo brick-n-mortar experiences.
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The term “retailtainment” has gained some pretty significant popularity in and around the themed entertainment industry in recent years.
Falcon’s Creative Director Mike Wallace joins us on our latest podcast episode to discuss retailtainment, what it means, and what the future holds in the space.
Learn more about retailtainment by visiting our blog here: https://falconscreativegroup.com/retailtainment-enchanting-the-buying-experie...
In this episode, we sit down with Katmandu founders Scott and Julia Demerau, as well as Katmandu's Senior VP of Development Jay Pecotte, to discuss the overall partnership with Falcon's. Also, we reveal more information on the Katmandu theme park and attractions being built in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
To learn more about the partnership between Katmandu and Falcon's, please visit: https://falconscreativegroup.com...
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