Lights, Camera, Murder!

A tantalizing night in Tinseltown
filled with twists and terror.

After a night of accolades at the Academy Awards Show, you will attend
the A-list after-party hosted by millionaire Vanity Affair. While socializing and
schmoozing with Hollywood’s elite, careers will be made, secrets
will be revealed, scandals will be broken 
and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and the celebrities all suspect, you will be
called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red carpet caper.

Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows?
A livid lover who has been pushed too far?Or possibly
the teen starlet trying to attract a more mature audience?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals
intricately woven to point you to a killer.
It is up to you to uncover
the clues or the culprit will remain concealed.

Come walk the blood red carpet for a
night of secrets, celebrities & scandal.

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: At least 6 males, 9 females and 5 gender-neutral
For 15-20 guests: 6 males, 6-9 females and 3-5 gender-neutral
For 10-15 guests: 5-6 males, 4-7 females and 1-2 gender-neutral
For 8-12 guests: 4-5 males, 3-5 females and 1-2 gender-neutral

 

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

Lights! Camera! MURDER! does not have a clean version.

For 20-80 guests: 20+ females
For 15-20 guests: 15-20 females
For 10-15 guests: 10-15 females
For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

 

This party has all-female characters. Names and descriptions will vary slightly from the names and characters listed below.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

The Cast

*Note that the cast listed below is provided only to give an idea of the types of roles available, and not presented in any order relevant to the plot. Not all cast members are included in every version.

  • Vanity Affair

    Millionaire

    While Vanity's wealth can't buy them starpower, it can fund the most elaborate post-Oscar bash around. As the center of attention for the party, they will not let anyone steal the show.

  • Dana Darling

    Hollywood Diva

    As a matriarch on the Hollywood scene, her award filled career does not include an Academy Award, even after 15 nominations. Will this be the year she changes that?

  • Angel Wood

    Actress

    This talented actress will do anything to get what she wants--whether it is an award, a leading role in a movie or the affection of a handsome actor.

  • Steffi Wood

    Aspiring Actress

    As the little sister to Angel, Steffi has lived in her shadow far too long and is certain that she will make a name for herself before the night is through!

  • Jada Broken

    Actress

    A top-notch actress who often gets second-rate treatment, Jada's engagement was disrupted by Angel Wood and now her acting career may be as well.

  • Dana Darling

    Hollywood Diva

    As a matriarch on the Hollywood scene, her award filled career does not include an Academy Award, even after 15 nominations. Will this be the year she changes that?

    Barbie Doll- Pop star and aspiring actress. Barbie's looks and her agent have gotten this aspiring actress far in life, but can they take her any further in Hollywood?

  • Natasha Gibson

    Teen Star

  • Lola Talent

    Latin Diva

  • Mario Talent

    Aspiring Actor

  • Hobart Hughes

    Director

  • Bobby Calling

    Casting Director

  • Penelope Hughes

    Director's Wife

  • Princess Pop

    Pop Star

  • Brady Comeback

    Pop Star

  • Hunter Starr

    Pop Star

  • Avery Scout

    Hollywood Agent

  • J.J. Scoop

    Entertainment News Reporter

  • M.C. Award

    Awards Show Announcer

  • T. Redd

    Aspiring Rap Artist

  • Ward Winner

    President of the Academy

Party Tips

WHERE TO FIND (OR MAKE) THAT PERFECT RED CARPET OUTFIT:

 

• Use (or borrow a friend’s) old bridesmaid’s dress

 

• Scour the second hand shops and garage sales

 

• Try the clearance racks in a department store right after a high school dance

 

• Dress up any outfit or gown by adding beading, cording, fancy fabrics, fringe, etc.

 

• Not the right color? Take a can of spray paint to the dress.

 

• Accentuate any shirt by adding a costumed bow tie to it.

 


 

UP DO HOW TO’S:

 

Click below for steps on how to create your perfect hairstyle for your fabulous night at the Oscars!

French Twist
Chignon 
Loose Waves 
Star Fire Pony
Braid Bun

Make sure to look over and utilize ALL of the printables and designs included with your mystery packet to make the most of your party!

THE ENTRANCE:

 

 

 

  • Create a “Walk of Fame” by printing your guest’s names (or character names) on gold vinyl, trim and adhereing to a walkway. (Design included with packet. Gold vinyl can be found at local craft store or online.)

 

 

  • Set up a strobe light by the entrance to simulate the paparazzi taking pictures! Or enlist a few friends to be the paparazzi for the night. Ask them to snap photos as guests enter the front door.

 

  • Have a friend interview the guests as they walk in and ask them about their character, what designer they are wearing, etc. etc.

 

  • If hosting a party at night, consider a few spotlights on your home (found inexpensively at a local hardware store).

 

  • Mark the entrance using signs indicating “V.I.P. Entrance” and “Stars Only” (included in packet).

 

THE PARTY SPACE

 

  • Hang “Fallen Angel” movie posters and a “M2M Reunion Tour” poster around your party space (designs included in packet).

 

  • Use the signs, included in the packet, to label rooms and areas auch as: Cocktail Bar, Backstage, Dressing Room. You can create your own names for areas of your party space and enter them into the signs.

 

  • Mark the bathroom as the “Dressing Room” – special sign included in packet.

 

  • Use the star template in the packet to create personalized stars and hang around party space.

 

  • Cut out stars of various sizes and spray paint them gold and silver and hang from the ceiling with fishing line or clear thread.

 

  • Adorn the party with gold and silver balloons.

 

  • Have classic movies and/or Oscar winning movies playing silently on t.v. or projected on a wall.

 

  • Hang old movie posters (in particular, of Oscar winners) around the party space. You can find a list of the “best Pictures” from over the years here.

 

 

 

  • Construct a backdrop where the guests will pose for a picture (see more on this below).

 

  • Use scene setters (inexpensive rolls of printed vinyl) to create the perfect background for your party. You can find them in many designs that would match your theme here.

 

  • Be creative with props like director’s chairs, cameras and lights.
    Create your own clapboard with instructions and designs included in the packet.

 

  • Sprinkle stars in all sizes over everything: entryways, tables, ceilings, walls, or tucked inside invitations.

 

  • Use life-sized cutouts or 8×10 photos of Hollywood legends around your party rooms to make guests feel they are truly in Tinsel Town.

 

  • Decorate the buffet table with confetti, glitter, and anything that shines.

 

  • Hang unused rolls of film from the ceiling.

 

  • Label a few well-chosen items from around your house like famous film props on display.

 

LIGHTING:

 

  • Place a few spotlights on your home (found inexpensively at a local hardware store).

 

  • Create the feeling of walking in a movie theater by making your own track lighting. Keep the lights low and use strings of white lights to show the way to the food, beverages and “exits” to the restroom. Keep it simple and make sure guests are able to safely maneuver their way around the space.

 

  • Consider elegant lighting for your post-Oscar bash and nothing too glaring. Consider twinkle white lights, solar lights or candles in votives to keep the lighting low.

 

 

PICK A COLOR SCHEME

Red, Black and white or gold are three very popular and likely choices for your Oscar night. When decorating, you can use these colors as much as possible to pull your theme together.
Red and black back

 

To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

 

  • When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping white or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.
  • A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

 

  • Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice. You can purchase a roll of red vinyl and use it for your red carpet as well as your table cloth!

 

  • Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.

 

  • If using party napkins and/or partyware, get them in the colors you have chosen for your theme.

 

CHOOSING A COLOR SCHEME
Red, Black and white or gold are three very popular and likely choices for your Oscar night. When decorating, you can use these colors as much as possible to pull your theme together.
Red and black back

 

To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

  • When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping white or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.

 

  • A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

 

  • Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice. You can purchase a roll of red vinyl and use it for your red carpet as well as your table cloth!

 

  • Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.

 

  • If using party napkins and/or partyware, get them in the colors you have chosen for your theme.

 

CREATE A BACKDROP
Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.
photo backdrops

 

A few suggestions:

  • Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

 

  • You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

 

  • Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with. Boas, a claboard, sunglasses, fake mustaches, etc.

 

  • An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter”. These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

 

  • Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

 

  • For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.

 

  •  Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

 

  • If having a party with over 20 guests, you may ask one of the “paparrazzi” characters to take the pictures.

 

  • Also if considering “mug shots,” you can create the clapboard included in the packet – insert your own party details like host’s name, date, etc. and use it as your suspect board. Use a police line-up board as a background.

 

  • For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

YOUR OSCAR FOOD

  • Dress up your food and drinks with bowties.

 

 

  • Garnish your drinks with starfruit.

 

 

  • Rent a popcorn machine and generate movie-theatre aromas and buckets full of buttery popped popcorn.

 

  • Use place cards to highlight the food. Consider naming your food with a “Hollywood title”s to add to the theme. (Designs included with mystery.)

 

 

MOVIE FOOD

You may want to consider some traditonal fare spiced up with a few twists!

 

Popcorn: you can add flavor to microwave popcorn by making a spice mixture such as this one.

 

Pretzels: Buy frozen pretzels from the grocery store and serve with elegant sauces: plum, honey-mustard, gourmet cheese, etc.

 

Hot dogs: serve sausages of a higher variety.

 

Pizza: make it gourmet with vegetable toppings and some oil and vinegar on the top.

 

 

SERVE YOURSELF OPTIONS


Always a good idea when hosting!

 

Have a buffet of elegant hors d’oevres by creating or asking everyone to bring an Oscar-worthy appetizer.

 

Consider a “Popcorn Bar” where your guests add their own toppings to their popcorn.

 

Set up a “Candy Bar” for dessert. Have a number of your favorite movie candies from licorice to milk duds to Mike & Ikes. A fun and easy way to “treat” your guests and keep within your theme!

 

 

 

DRINKS:

 

  • Upon arrival, offer champagne or other bubbly drinks for your guests to toast to their accolades. You can find a champagne fountain online rather inexpensively.

 

  • Create your own cocktails with movie titles in the names. Here is a link with 19 movie-named drink recipe options for you.

 

  • Make wine charms for your guest’s champagne/wine glasses. Template included with packet.

MUSIC

 

 

  • Stream music from the internet — If you want current music, but don’t want to pay for it, set up to stream music from the internet for your party. You can do so by utilizing the radio function or pocasts in iTunes! If you don’t have itunes already on your computer, you can download it here.

 

  • For Free Music– Visit your local library for a number of compilations.

 

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Lights, Camera, Murder! includes:

Mystery PDF that includes: A Host Guide, A Schedule of the Night, An Introduction, Designed Invitations, Background Information, Character Descriptions, Character Objective Sheets, Name Tags, Evidence, Accusation Sheets, a Detailed Solution, Award Certificates, and more!

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