The Nightmare Realm undergoes a full redevelopment each year of everything – the set, the look, the design, the sounds, scenes and costumes, even down to the way we market gets changed year on year. We put ourselves number one in our own competition, only ever aiming to out do our previous year. That is how we stay at the top and why we a multi awarding winning attractions and the countries number one for Immersive Halloween Experiences.
Below are some of our concept design work that was used in the creation of 2021’s theme ‘We’re back’.
We were approached by Ballyseedy Cafe to come up with designs for the Cafe for the upcoming Christmas season. Aiming for a traditional style Christmas scene in the front of the cafe with soft decoration, lights and atmosphere, as well as a more colourful kids zone for the play area at the back of the cafe- the below designs were created.
We were asked by a local community committee to create a wood carving from a recently fallen tree. The idea was to create a Fox as it is a much loved country animal around the area. Never shy of a challenge we created the fox completely from wood, a first for our company as we are used to dealing with much larger and often lighter materials.
Carved entirely from a chainsaw and grinder, painted and lacquered with a weather resistant varnish. The Fox now sits proudly, greeting visitors and locals to the village.
Bloom in the Park 2019 / 2018 Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture contacted us in 2018 with ideas to create a stand for Bloom in the Park, focusing on the Protection of Ireland’s horticulture industry and wider environment from exotic pests and diseases.
A plant Health awareness raising campaign for 2018 and again in 2019 was created with the intention to bring awareness targeting at international travellers, tourists and commercial businesses who are bringing plants, plant products and other high risk items made of plant material into Ireland from abroad.
We were given a list of insects to recreate in larger than life sizes as well as creating a bright visual display to replicate an airport customs clearance desk.
These insects had to be the talking point of the installation. They had to be visually effective and large enough to stand out. Using images from the internet we hand sculpted these insects in clay, molding the body and limbs separately in silicone and finally casting the insects in Fire Proof Polyurethane. Each insect has a metal skeleton and anchor points to connect them to the stand. Each insect was hand painted and varnished to a high quality.
The client was so happy with the insects that we were commissioned again the following year to make more for their 2nd year in a row running their campaign at Bloom in the Park, Dublin.
Below are images from work in progress and installation
The Voodoo Rooms Nightclub in Cork City, Ireland 2019
The rooftop bar of Voodoo Rooms required a full renovation keeping in with the new theme ‘The Afterlife’. We worked closely with the clients to bring their vision to life. Skulls, Day of The Dead, Jungle plants and Mardi Gras made this space really pop.
What the space looked like before we got to work –
Press coverage welcoming the reopening of the rooftop bar
”The new space was created by the makers of ‘The Nightmare Realm’ and as you’d expect brings a taste of otherworldly glamour to the city’s nightclub scene in the form of installations teaming with skulls, Voodoo Dolls, Ouiji boards and much more.”
In 2021 we were approached to create designs for The Imperial Hotel in Cork city. After initially meeting with the prospective client we were briefed to design an Autumnal display for the beautiful Layfayette Cafe front and a design an interactive social media space of the new upcoming in-house cocktail bar, Sketch.
Unfortunately these designs didn’t ahead however we still feel that these images are strong concept art work and would love to work with the Imperial in the future.
We were approached by Clonakilty’s Model Village in 2021 to transform their established attraction into a Christmas event space. This would be the Model Village’s first year working with us doing a live, interactive Christmas show with animatronics, live actors and set. After initial design stages we transformed the space into a fully immersive, magical Christmas wonderland. We provided full set, props, animatronics, lights, sound and a fully theatrical show whilst integrating our set around the unique and picturesque venue in Clonakilty.
We also provided performers and full training for the immersive experience to coincide with the timed tickets for each show, running for the month of December with a total of 295 individual shows.