Imagine getting a phone call one day offering you a job to paint a floor of an old hotel… in the middle of the night. It’s a bizarre request to be sure, and the perfect way to set our story into motion. We may even want to record the audio from the phone call to capture the painters’ confused reactions to our job offer. They’ll have plenty of questions and the more vague our answers are, the more we’ll creep them out. For instance, I love the idea of telling the painters that another crew quit the job abruptly and now we need a last minute replacement. Why did the other crew quit? We don’t have to tell them. Let them wonder about it.
When the painters arrive at the hotel, the manager aka our “host” can briefly elaborate on the hotel’s history. I think we can take one of two approaches. Maybe less is more and the manager only alludes to the fact that this floor is haunted, much like you have scripted in your boards. Or… we can craft our own backstory. Was there a gruesome double murder on this floor many years ago? Did a guest jump from this floor’s window? We can really plant some chilling images in our painters’ minds and unnerve them before their work even starts.