From Jamaica to Calgary: The Cool Runnings Experience
Creator and Designer
Conceptual Themed Attraction
This was created as a part of The Art of Themed and Immersive Entertainment class. After being split into teams, our task was to create a theoretical pitch to the Jamaican Government inspired by the film Cool Runnings (1996), treating the film as if it were a historic documentary. The ultimate goal was to create an experience celebrating the heroic achievements of the legendary event.
Our team wanted to focus on the personal experience that the bobsled team went through in order to make it to the olympics, both physically and emotionally. We decided to create a walk through experience with multiple stops, culminating in a "bobsled" ride down the mountain. We decided to place the experience on an inclined mountain not only so we could have a "bobsled" alpine slide ride, but also so our guests could physically feel like they were climbing to the "climax" of the story, and to further reward the guest. Along their climb up the mountain, guests could test and race their own mini push carts, grab a meal from Sanka's Snack Shack, have a sweet treat at the Ice Cream Endurance Truck, observe Olympic bobsleds, race other guests in a bobsled ride down the mountain, and finish in the Olympic Bobsled Hall of Fame Museum. I was primarily in charge of designing the ground plan and guest path, as well as creating concept art to visually convey our ideas.
This was a collaborative project with Grace Hlavacek, Banjo Kim, and Khaled Bukhari.
Project Cosmic: A Retro-Futuristic Space Hotel
Creator and Designer
Model Making and Worldbuilding
Project Cosmic was the culmination of a model making class I participated in during Spring 2021. Our final project was to design a room in an off-planet environment.
For my project, I was very inspired by the Retrofuturism art movement and older depictions of the future, primarily the 70s, like the Jetsons and earlier versions of Tomorrowland at Disneyland. I loved the juxtaposition between the bright, happy-go-lucky, sitcom-esque way that the future was presented combined with all of the technical marvels. I was also inspired by 70s architecture and design, which is how I discovered the conversation pit.
One of the retro future ideas that I really wanted to develop was vacationing in space. I envision my room being one of hundreds aboard a giant spaceship that can take tourists all around the galaxy, like a cruise ship in space. I took this idea and continued to build up my room model, culminating in a photo-bashing project to show what the exterior of the ship would look like.