Every Role a Starring Role – Senior Art Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment

– Hi, my name’s Scott Shaffer, and I’m Senior Art Director and Designer with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. My background is in theatrical set design. That’s what my training was in. But I also worked in film and television here in Southern California
as a Art Director and Production Designer. My first job at the Disneyland Resort was actually the Art Director for the press opening of Fantasmic! Now, it’s been almost 28 years, and I’ve been loving every day. I’ve done everything from
special events, photo locations, small things to huge parties. I’ve also done a number
of different parades. My first parade was the Hercules
parade here at Disneyland. I also did the 50th anniversary
parade for Disneyland. Most recently, Paint the Night. I’ve also done numerous parades
for the Tokyo Disney Resort. I’m still doing stage shows. I have one in Tokyo DisneySea, and I have a couple in Paris right now. So I do a little bit of everything, and it really makes my job a lot of fun. I ended up starting school
in the engineering field, but then changed to the theater arts as a technical design
and scene design major. And to have that sort of
understanding of how things work really helps in how I
can design parade floats, how I design stage shows. So all those experience are super helpful. Parades were very new to me. I’d never designed one before when I was asked to do
my first parade here. Whether it’s a stage set or a parade, all of the same thought
processes go into the design. The only differences are, I think parades are a
little bit more complicated, ’cause you don’t have
control over all the elements that you do in a theatrical production. You’re not just viewing from one angle. Everything has to be
viewed from 360 degrees. I think it’s a little bit more complicated and difficult to do, but
I really enjoy doing it, and I really like providing
a product to the guests that meets all of those
sorta Disney standards. The current project I’m working
on, Magic Happens parade. I think it’s really gonna be phenomenal. It’s been really fun to work on, and it’s been a great team of people. (upbeat music)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Disneyland! My dream job would be to work at Disneyland in whatever it is, please, it's my big dream one day to be part of this magic!

  2. That’s cool there’s a pic showing part of the former barge used in TDS’s former daytime harbor show The Legend of Mythica

  3. This man has created some of the best. Maybe someday he will save the day and bring a nighttime parade to the East Coast!

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