“ Creepy Acres "

When the new paranormal investigative TV show “CryptidQuest" offers a colossal reward for proof of cryptids (creatures not recognized by science such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, etc.) the monsters of legend and lore suddenly find themselves hunted by man.

Forced from their homes and now on the run, these mysterious beings begin to encounter each other for the first time, and it isn’t long before word begins to spread of a secret sanctuary for their kind. Now, with the crew of “CryptidQuest" and the rest of the world closing in, the cryptids begin a quest of their own . . .

. . . Find the legendary Creepy Acres, and above all DON’T GET CAUGHT!

In the 1970’s there was only one show that all Americans tuned in for, “CryptidQuest". The host and creator of that show, Nathaniel Leonards, was like a king. He was like a king who sat on a throne to an empire he had fashioned from the very human need of wanting to understand the unknown.

Nathaniel's presence was everywhere: talk shows, books, magazines, movies, toys, comic books, t-shirts, novelties, etc. Nathaniel Leonards was a household name. He was famous. He was revered. He was adored. He was doomed.

Just as his star was burning brightest, tragedy struck. Nathaniel had promised during a special LIVE episode of his show, “CryptidQuest", he would unveil undeniable proof that we shared our world with monsters.

Showtime!

That proof was to come in the form of a mysterious man-ape creature found frozen in a block of ice. Nathaniel planned to reveal this amazing find on live TV. Unfortunately, that night during the show, under the bright lights of the studio, the ice block melted revealing the creature inside to be a hoax.

Nathaniel proclaimed his innocence. He insisted that he was the victim of a conspiracy, but it was too late, the damage was done, and “CryptidQuest" was canceled. Nathaniel’s once glorious empire began to look more like a house of cards.

Instantly, his once adoring fans labeled him a fraud. Now, treated as a pariah, his star quickly faded.

As the years passed he fell into obscurity and was all but forgotten.

The years pass…

Now decades later, the public once again has a renewed interest in the paranormal, but there is no longer just a national audience to contend with. Instead, with endless channels on cable television and satellite TV, and various Internet services like VULU, FLICKLICKS, and NETBITS, the audience is now worldwide.

This new globalization means people around the world are in constant communication with each other, and because of this, there is a surge in the awareness and sightings of cryptid creatures. People all around the world have questions and only one man has the answers.

It is time for the return of Nathaniel Leonards.

It is time for the return of “CryptidQuest".

CryptidQuest Crew Assemble!

Nathaniel sets out to gather the finest team of researchers, scientists, audio and video professionals, and investigators; however, with the numerous other paranormal investigation shows he finds slim pickings in those departments. Instead, “CryptidQuest" ends up with the only three individuals who answer the ad.

Tara Nichols, an investigative reporter who’s driven by a need to expose the truth and prove her abilities as a journalist.

Gerard, a cameraman who’s still haunted by an event he witnessed early in his career.

Bernie, an audio professional who’s just taking this gig until he gets his career as a DJ going.

Rewarding pursuits

With a less than stellar team, almost no budget, and a spokesperson whose name had once been synonymous with scandal “CryptidQuest" needs something to grab the public’s attention, regain it's reputation, and set it apart from the countless similar shows. It needs an edge, a hook.

In order to survive Nathaniel had to become a master of manipulation. Because of this he knows what drives people and motivates them. He knows that people seek knowledge and wonder, but they are ruled by fear and greed.

So during a live promotion for the show, Nathaniel announces that this all new “CryptidQuest” show will be investigating the sightings of it's viewers, and they will pay a reward of 400 million dollars to the first viewer who’s tip leads to the undeniable proof that we share our world with cryptids… with monsters.

Instantly…

Phone calls begin to stream into the tip hot-line. There is no shortage of people desperate to claim the prize money.

The only issue is that there is no money for a reward. Nathaniel lied to jump- start interest in the show and increase viewer-ship. The tactic worked well. Maybe too well! With 400 million dollars on the line, the public goes crazy.

Instantly the masses are out scouring the forests, searching old abandoned buildings, dredging lakes, spelunking old mines and caves, all in an attemptatempt to be the first to collect the momentous reward.

And no matter how questionable, crazy, ridiculous or dangerous these claims are, the crew of “CryptidQuest" is sent to investigate them all. 

Meanwhile…

Sam Squatch has been living a quiet, ordinary life, —for a sasquatch, that is. Over the years he traded his baser animal instincts away for the comforts of modern life.

Yes, Sam is good at a many things, but being a sasquatch isn’t one of them. Instead of a cave or traditional nest of weeds, Sam lives in an underground one bedroom efficiency in the forest. Instead of eating off the land, he survives on a diet fit for a college kid: microwave burritos, pizza, chips, and booze. Instead of spending his days wandering through the forest, he binge- watches his favorite shows.

It was a quiet and simple life, or at least it was until one night…

CryptidQuest premiere!

Sam is interrupted while cooking dinner by a new show premiering on TV. “CryptidQuest”. He is surprised to see that the show is interviewing a man who claims to have had a run-in with Bigfoot, but Sam has never seen this man before. He watches in horror as this stranger paints him as a deviant sexual predator on national television.

His cousins from around the world contact him instantly. Their reactions vary from sympathetic and confused to aggressive and hostile.

On the run!

By the end of this first new episode of "CryptidQuest", the forest around Sam’s home is crawling with humans desperate to claim the four-hundred-million dollar reward at any cost.

Sam, forced from his home and on the run, hangs all his hopes on an old faded brochure his father left him years ago for a place called Creepy Acres.

It is described as a sanctuary of sorts for monsters and cryptids; the exact kinds of creatures everyone is now hunting. Sam's only hope is to find this fabled place before the humans find him.


No Safe Harbor…
After a particularly rough encounter with some tiny but scrappy forest friends, Sam quickly discovers he can no longer trust any one, not even his once most trusted allies. Frightened, battered, bruised, and exhausted Sam takes refuge in an old shed to hide for the night where he makes a discovery that’ll change his life forever.


To be continued…

Shawn Engelmann

Growing up in the wilds of Minnesota, Shawn Engelmann’s 2 favorite shows as a child were "In Search Of… “ with Leonard Nimoy and “The Muppet Show”. They would remain close to his heart, even as he entered college to pursue a career as an English teacher. After the sudden realization that he hated children, he turned his academic attention instead toward graphic design and multimedia, after 7 years he eventually graduated from college with a degree in something or other, he doesn’t really remember what. So don’t ask.

Shawn originally conceived the idea for Creepy Acres after building the first Sam Squatch puppet and filming a mock interview of Bigfoot auditioning for a paranormal investigation show titled ParaQuest. Creepy Acres is the culmination of his many varied interests including: puppetry, character design, writing, comedy, hearing himself talk, forcing others to listen to him talk, unexplained phenomenon, and Cryptozoology.

Performances: Voice and Puppetry on Sam Squatch, Nathaniel Leonards, Old Man, and Abner. Puppetry on Farmer children, Yeti, Skunk Ape, Ned Shaver, Hunter Darlene, Hunter Dale.

Additional puppetry on Tara Nichols, Willard Farmer, Convenience Store Billy, Antonio el Chupacabra.

Ed Cichocki

Carved from the heart of a dying dwarf star, our technical expert Ed Cichocki runs much of the behind-the-scenes operations of the show. When he’s not monitoring the sound equipment and the cameras on set or reviewing the website, he can be found creating the various animation pieces used in Creepy Acres and Scorched Pencils. That is if we can talk him off the ledge long enough to work on them.

Ed has even on occasion lent his voice and an extra hand (literally) in front of the camera.

Performances: Voice of Ned Shaver, Puppetry on Farmer baby.

Additional puppetry on Yeti, Gerard, Sam Squatch, Hunter Dale, Convenience Store Billy, Old Lady. 

Animations: Animated ending credits

December Mackedanz

December grew up in a one-horse town in rural Minnesota. After spending many years working in the entertainment industry she fulfilled her dreams of getting out of the one-horse town and moving to the big city which meant out of Minnesota and heading west. Luckily she got past Nebraska and made it to Los Angeles, more specifically “The Valley” (yes, THAT Valley – which if you would have known her as a teenager it was quite the foretelling.) There she came into her own with her knack for being overly organized and high attention to details affording her the ability to work her way up the corporate ladder into the Director of Operations for Film Music Publications and later as the Operations Manager of L.A. Electricom. After 10 years in L.A., she returned home to the frozen tundra of MN where she worked managing the social profiles of various clients.

Her favorite foods are cheese and bacon. Her dream career is Evil Overlord or the person who names colors obnoxious names. Lastly, she isn’t old enough yet to be responsible for anything else living, not even a plant. Frankly, we don’t let her get too close to the puppets either. 

December monitors all of our social media: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Gordon Smuder

Lured with the promise that we’d tell him where we hid his car keys, professional puppeteer Gordon Smuder did us the distinct honor of performing the very first puppet ever created or filmed for Creepy Acres, Willard Farmer. His professionalism was evident right from the beginning in that never once did he ask “ Why did I agree to this?” or “What is this garbage I'm reading?”.

His skills and talent set the bar for everything that would follow, and from that day on we sailed easily under that bar with plenty of room to spare. Creator of The Puppet Forge, Gordon is also known for Transylvania TV and Vermin.

Performances: Voice and Puppetry of Willard Farmer and Doug the Raccoon.

Benjamin Coler

(Born December 9) Ben Coler is an American actor and puppeteer. According to the local legend himself, this project was a dream come true for him. His many friends have long compared him to the North American Sasquatch, which he took to mean "fFurry, blurry, and in a hurry”; However, he has since learned they simply meant that he never managed to get in front of a camera. Although, the "furry" part isn't too far off.

When he isn't lending a hand with various indie film nonsense, Ben enjoys taking standardized tests, scavenging in the clearance aisles of big-box retail stores, and pining after movie starlets he'll never meet on this side of a pane of bullet-proof glass. 

Performances: Voice and Puppetry on Yowie, Orang Pendek, Hunter Terry, Skunk Ape and Jerry the Opossum.

Additional puppetry on Willard Farmer, Convenience Store Billy, and Sam Squatch.

Lys Akerman-Frank

Puppeteer Lys Akerman-Frank was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She would eventually move to Minnesota where fate would bring her into contact with the crew of Creepy Acres.

We knew she was exactly what we were looking for because she was the only female puppeteer who didn’t spit in our faces after reading the script.Being the only female puppeteer who after reading the script didn’t proceed to spit in our face, we knew she was exactly what we were looking for! Her distinct voice performance gives the Creepy Acres character of Tara Nichols a personality all her own.

Performances: Voice and Puppetry on Tara Nichols

Jeremy Olson

Jeremy is a self- described "cartoon trapped inside a man's body."… A really, really, really, dark cartoon. Like a cartoon about "baby food" that's literally made from ground up babies kind of dark. Like a cartoon about "baby food" that's literally made from ground up babies AND that in turn is fed to other babies kinda dark. Yeah, that kinda dark, and we decided he was exactly what we needed! He's a man of a million voices and we used him for only one! Just another testament to our never-think-things-throughnever think things through attitude!

We here at Creepy Acres can't wait to work with him again. And as soon as we figure out, and just as soon as we locate the exact blood ritual we need to contain him within the summoning circle, we're gonna do just that!

Performances: Voice of Skunk Ape and Convenience Store Billy

Chad David

Chad David is a working voice-over actor and comedy writer in Minneapolis. He occasionally helps with script punch-ups and story plotting when the opportunity arises. He also writes radio serials and other random entertainment. He's also a devout movie and sci-fi buff, with a giant love of Nessie and robots that turn into other things and beat the bejeezus out of each other.

He was described by college professors as "a satirist of humanity's dark side.".

He mainly brings this up when people ask him to write bios about himself. 

Performances: George the Bishopville Lizard Man.

Aimee Chenal

Aimee Chenal was born a clown and she will die a clown. H...her first gig was Halloween 1988 when her Mother dressed her from head to toe in white makeupmake up, black eyeliner, red lips, red nose, and the most colorful patchwork clown suit you ever saw.

Her smile was not painted on— you see as she enjoyed every minute of it. The jester life lead Aimee to Los Angeles where she met the "others" and wound up sharing laughs with more than just the kids on her block.

After starring in several quirky film and tv projects, Aimee went back home to WI to start her own clown posse.decided to see if she could start her own clown posse back home in WI where she lives now. She now and has her own indie company, Indie Company Buttercream Productions.

Performances: Old Lady