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Ryan Johnson

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Most of us are packing up our holiday decorations and have started thinking about 2013. As you do that remember one of the most important things you can do to support your holiday habit this year: coming to the 2013 Academy! The event is coming up faster than you think and there are a number of things to keep in mind…

First, and most importantly to you: as we get closer, and budgets become more firm, our price per registration does increase. It’s something that happens every year. So it’s that time again- the current Early Bird pricing of $60 per registration is increasing. Fortunately the current pricing does not expire until 11:59pm on January 31st so you still have over two weeks to make your Academy registration and take advantage of the $60 price point. In addition, anyone registered by that date and time is entered into the Early Bird Giveaway. One lucky person will have their registration fees returned and will be attending for FREE (we’ll announce that the first week of February)!

Secondly, we want to remind you of the amazing variety of topics and number of class offerings that the Academy brings you. Once again we are partnering with RJ and the team at DIY Light Animation as they are building another fantastic set of DIY classes. In addition, Alex Lohmann (13th Street Morgue) and Eric Kristiansen (Dallas/Ft Worth Friends of Halloween) have been working on a slew of Halloween related sessions that are sure to bring out the “scary” in all of us. Combine those with the established excellence of the Christmas classes we teach every single year (since 2008) and you once again have the very best holiday event in the United States.

Need to check the calendar for dates? No problem…

July 12th to 14th at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.

See the Academy website (www.theultimateacademy.com) for more detailed information.

We have vendor announcements and class details coming over the next few weeks but the only way to make sure you don’t miss any of the details (and the fun coming this summer) is to head to the Academy website and register today!

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Anyone else gonna attend from here?

 

There's over 100 people attending already.  I'd say plenty of them are from all over, LOR Forums included.

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I'll be there for my 3rd Academy!

Well worth the trip from Austin, TX

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Wow!  Things are certainly gearing up on the Academy front for 2013.  For those of you who attended last year, I think you'd agree that the Academy is one a HECK of an event!  For those who missed us... don't do it again this year!  Between the Christmas Classics, the Scare Sessios, the Software Solutions, Beyond Lighting AND the DIY Expo sessions we have more information than you can shake a stick at.  We're also adding some specific classes for those who are new to the hobby.

 

Did you know that we already have well over 100 people registered to attend this year??  At this rate we'll pack the place once again!  On top of that we have 10 vendors already contracted as well.  We're going to have a busy, busy, busy three days in July!

Very important note though:  Today's the last day to get in on the Early Bird Free Registration contest. If you're registered by 11:59pm tonight you'll be entered into a drawing to have your registration fees refunded to you.

Looking for Academy details? Click here!

 

This is usually when the price goes up a bit as well... will that happen tomorrow? Hmmm.... don't chance it!

 

REGISTER TODAY - CLICK HERE!

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Want to see the vendor list for the 2013 Academy (not door prizes, but physically attending)?:

 

http://www.theultimateacademy.com/attending-vendors/

 

Please note: this information was approved by Dan Baldwin prior to posting.  In keeping with the policy of not having outside vendors advertised on the LOR Forums, Dan simply asked that we keep the announcement general and shared the offsite link.  

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Quick update for everyone... last year's Academy was AWESOME and not just for LOR offerings.  Everyone who was there was excited and learned a lot.  DIY, Christmas, Halloween... we had it all!  Everyone worked hard on the educational sessions and you can bet the same thing will happen again.  There are some projects in the planning stages that sound unique and exciting for a lot of people!

 

Keep up to date on what's going on with the Academy at the website (www.theultimateacademy.com).  You'll see class details go up as we build them, vendors announced as they are added, and more info to make it an exciting event for you to attend.  Can't wait to see you all in July.

 

PSST... Most of you know that the Academy registration fee increases sometime in the spring.  Easter is coming up in a few weeks.  Coincidence?  Hmmm.... ;)

 

Also- for those of you who are already registered keep an eye on your email.  You'll be receiving some exclusive info that will help keep you updated as the event draws closer!
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We're going to be helping the new(er) folks out with a track called "Starting from Scratch"...Because everyone has to start somewhere!


Our post-Academy survey showed us clearly that people want to have a starting point. There are so many advanced level items on the Academy schedule, and that works for many people.  But what about those folks who would love to attend to get their holiday craziness started?  THEN they can move on to the more in-depth topics.  In 2013, that’s our approach.  

 

Friday afternoon will contain an entire track of 5 high-level classes that will help you (or someone you know who wants to) get a foot into the holiday hobby waters.  Many of us have been doing this for a year or more but we have friends, family and neighbors who just want to know where to start.  This is for those folks (there will be, of course, other classes happening at the same time for the DIY Expo, Halloween Scare Sessions, and Christmas Classics for others to choose from).

 

Display Design:
First things first, you need to look at your “Canvas”:  Your house and yard.  We’ll talk about budgeting, what you aspire to get to, the different pieces of your house and how you can make them standout.  Examples of popular items and Q&A will wrap up the session.  Make sure to bring a photo of your canvas so you can see your vision come to life in your mind.

 

From Static to Animated:
You want to take the next step and create an animated display.  What are your options?  Do you want to animate your elements or sequence to music?  We will talk about the steps you need to either start an animated display or transform your static display to something new and exciting.

 

Electricity: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy:
Let’s face it, to do what we do you need electricity.  Not one bulb will turn on if you have not hooked your electric up correctly.  Even worse is the potential danger you may create if you are ignorant of the basics of electricity.  We will talk about measuring your power needs, tools and resources that you can use to educate yourself, and some best practices and ideas for hooking it all up.

 

DIY or Commercial:
There are many solutions available in the marketplace to help you create your display. What are the benefits of both commercial and DIY options (and the potential drawbacks of each).  We’ll also touch on the software solutions that are available.

 

Audio Solutions:
Many of us want to share our Christmas music and voiceovers with our visitors.  You need a basic understanding of transmissions.  In addition you need to determine what your “tone” should be in terms of musical selection.  Voiceovers and options for musical editing will be touched on as well.

 

When these classes are finished you’ll have a great starting point and then you can look over the other classes being offered to decide the next steps on your holiday journey.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE ACADEMY INFO BY VISITING THE ACADEMY WEBSITE!

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Alright, this one is for real...

Only 1 week left until the price increase! Don't miss out on the Academy this year.

We're ONLY 109 days away (as of this post)! See you all soon!

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Would love to go but the cost and logistics of these things are often a challenge. What are your thoughts about offering a highlights DVD for sale after the event?

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Would love to go but the cost and logistics of these things are often a challenge. What are your thoughts about offering a highlights DVD for sale after the event?

 

I'd be interested in buying a DVD as well.

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Would love to go but the cost and logistics of these things are often a challenge. What are your thoughts about offering a highlights DVD for sale after the event?

 

Let me start off by saying having attended last year's event, it was clearly one of the best organized, most comprehensive, and most affordable holiday decorating events I have ever attended (going back to 2005). It was certainly the most cost effective for a multiday event, and accompanying motel stay of any I have attended!

 

My problem is the cost of flying there and back, so I will be taking this year off, but will plan on making next year's event for sure!

Whether you enjoy Christmas/Halloween decorating, I would highly recommend attending at least once!

 

As to the DVD, there is no way they can adequately capture 3 simultaneous classes, (plus hands on), and then distill this down to a group of DVDs. The logistical requirements are too large. Having done exactly that for PLUS 2005, and published the 2 set DVD of that, demonstated we could only capture bits of each presentation. Otherwise you would need a dedicated crew of at least 4 people, just to film it, not to mention all the editing/publishing time involved.

 

In short the only way to benefit from something this large is to attend it, and even then you will be able to catch 1/3 of it first hand, but you will pick which 1/3 to attend!

 

The Texas gang has done an outstanding job with their yearly event. Everyone in the decorating community should make it over there at least once.

 

Greg

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Man I hear you on the costs/logistics of a long-distance trek.  That's part of the reason we work so hard to get things right: people are taking their time and money to attend!  Even with a (IMO) reasonable registration cost there are always other factors to consider, especially when you're traveling from outside of the state.  We took a look today and have 17 states represented in our registrations this year. Looks like once again the Academy will have a strong pull from across the US, not limited to only the Lone Star State.  We think that's awesome but we do understand that not eveyone can make it.  In terms of a DVD- Greg hit it on the head.  It's just not do-able from a logistics and cost (there's those two words again!) standpoint. 5 classes running at the same time, for three days, ALL day (and some in the evening) would require a lot of man power, equipment and money to get it right.  If you can't make it this year maybe you'll be able to come visit us in the future.  We love visitors! LOL


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