Guillermo del Toro Spooks Up YouTube Space LA for Halloween

/ Oct 27, 2014


This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot

By Rae Votta

Thanks to Guillermo del Toro and Legendary, Halloween just got extra spooky for dozens of YouTube creators, as YouTube Spaces across the globe hosted custom-designed sets all October.

Del Toro partnered with Legendary Entertainment and YouTube to design and construct the creepy sets for communal use. Numerous vloggers and production companies have taken advantage of the myriad of options for their October programming, with the intricate details of the sets and the ease of using them a welcome boon for creators. Nerdist used the sets at the YouTube Space LA for various purposes, including a bimonthly “Nerdist Presents” sketch that became bigger and better thanks to the sets.

“For us, when we’re shooting sketches for Nerdist, we’re almost always using locations,” said Nerdist director Andrew Bowser. “We’re in a house, or in an apartment, or in the offices. Honestly, to shoot on something that looks like this… If I were to look for a mansion location — in fact we had just looked for a great room type of set for a sketch we did a couple weeks ago, and those locations priced us out — our budget for the entire sketch would have been the location fee. I don’t even know how we could have shot this otherwise.”

Geek & Sundry, now sister companies with Nerdist under the Legendary umbrella, also took advantage of the space in LA. Founder Felicia Day hadn’t tackled an ambitious musical number since “The Guild,” but she felt the elaborate sets were a perfect backdrop for dance. She even tapped her own personal dance teacher, Tor Campbell, to choreograph and perform in the number.

“She said she’s always wanted to have us collaborate and work together, and out of nowhere she poofed and called me for this,” exclaimed Campbell, who’d never spent time on a set, let alone at the YouTube Space LA. “I didn’t even know something this like existed!”

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