What We Do

Services Overview

Our passion and expertise encompass all facets of production from the most preliminary concepts through the opening of major world-class destinations.

Not every service is needed for every project, but with our extensive skill set we remain continually mindful of all the elements that will be required to bring our concepts to reality successfully, and plan accordingly from the earliest phases.

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Strategy

It all starts with an idea. You’re a client with a vision, a problem, a need, a goal.

We start by working with you to discover your project parameters: you may have a site, might own or license an intellectual property, or have a goal to attract a certain demographic or fulfill an educational criteria. You might simply have a vision to build something great.

With your goals in mind, we plan a strategic road map for your project. It’s not just about coming up with a big idea. It’s understanding how that idea will service your project parameters, and coming up with an idea that can actually be built.

We partner with you to find out what will make your brand and your vision grow.

Mission Statement

Every project starts with a mission statement, which organizes the strategic or creative thinking into a single statement.

Concept

Have you ever had a meal that was so ultimately satisfying that it was almost transcendent? Not because of a single dish — but because of the whole menu, and the unique combination of items? That’s how we approach concept development.

Every project is like a great meal — but a great meal isn’t all about the main course, it’s about how all the elements work together to excite your palate. And it’s not about the size of the meal, either — to us, a great concept can be as big as a seven-course extravaganza or as small as an amuse-bouche.

Guest expectations play a huge role in our concept development; every visitor will come with a list of expectations in their mind, which we of course want to exceed — but we can’t do that without understanding their base expectations to begin with.

Concept design isn’t just about pretty pictures, it’s about setting the table for an experience that will exceed guest expectations, making them want to return again and again.

Cultural Storytelling

It's up to us to bring a Western sensibility of showmanship and spectacle to projects, not a Western sensibility of storytelling.

Master Planning

Master planning is the art of environment, developing a flawless union between story and setting. It’s the backbone and pulse for your project, moving people functionally through a physical space, using storytelling as the lifeblood that keeps them on the path of discovery.

Your project’s story is told environmentally and symbiotically: through attractions, retail, and restaurants; through architecture, signage, and landscaping; and through activation, engagement, and entertainment. It’s all symbiotic, working together to tell a cohesive story and give a comfortable, memorable guest experience they’ll want to return to again and again.

Utilizing our proprietary Content Master Planning™, Guest Experience Master Planning™, and Environmental Storytelling™, we develop your story from the moment the guest steps onto the property and follow them through their entire experience until they leave, bringing master planning to new levels beyond mere land use.

Master Planning: Overview

We look at master planning through the eyes of the guest, because everything the guest sees, does and experiences has to contribute to the story we're trying to tell.

Master Planning: Museums

We partner with our museum clients to bring a sense of spectacle to their curatorial and educational messaging goals in order to create engaging, memorable moments for their guests.

Design Packages

The materials we create for your project help communicate hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas. From the largest “wow” moment to the smallest technical detail that the guests may not ever see, we make sure it gets communicated in the most effective way.

From initial concept sketches, storyboards, diagrams, and written treatments, to color elevations, 3D models, technical databases, and CAD drawings — all of our deliverables help move the project forward, communicating seamlessly between disciplines.

This is where your project starts to become real — a tangible thing, that grows and lives and breathes. Through our design packages, we help nurture your creation from concept to reality.

Design Process

In order to create something unique and original, we start with a blank page, refining a rough idea into the final product.

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Design Packages

We design our architectural facility around the creative intent of our show design.

Models

Models are powerful tools that allow people to viscerally understand how something moves and looks in all dimensions.

Project Management

Great creative ideas don’t just happen, they’re orchestrated. Our experienced project management team comes from a staggeringly diverse set of backgrounds — bringing extensive experience from not only theme parks and attractions, but museums, live shows, large-scale construction, heavy industry, robotics, and manufacturing.

It’s all about the details: schedule, budget, resource management, and most importantly, communication with you, our client. Project management isn’t just charts and graphs, it’s a relationship, so we blend our unique process with your unique business needs.

Unbridled creativity can sometimes feel daunting — so we make sure it stays organized and functional, always leading your vision towards reality.

Technical, Lighting & Audio

If the soul of our projects is all about storytelling, then the brains and muscle come from our technical prowess. We bring a holistic view of technology to our projects. We don’t use technology for technology’s sake — in the end, it should be seamless and invisible to your audience. But that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Our in-house audio experts create dazzling aural environments through a combination of hardware engineering and software artistry. Our technical designers speak a multidisciplinary language that encompasses every aspect of our work — video projection, show control, lighting design, interactive media & specialized ride systems — creating an inherent symbiosis between a project’s creative vision and its practical realization.

Our technical teams understand the seamless integration needed to create innovative environments that bring your brand and vision to life. We plan far in advance for things like speaker locations, projection envelopes, lighting arrays, and maintenance access for all of the above — integrating these layers into the project as early as possible to make sure there’s no surprises later on.

Through extensive real-world experience and an innate understanding of the highly specialized systems used in our industry, our unique team puts the technical pieces of your project’s puzzle together, from early concepts through opening day.

In-Field Technical Direction

Why it's important to have team members on site to oversee the art, creative & technical direction.

Media Production

More and more, location-based entertainment is using the power of media as a tool to immerse guests and tell stories — not just on typical rectangular screens, but through a seamless integration of media into physical environments.

We have full media production capabilities in-house — from scripting, scouting locations & shooting, to special effects and post-production. More importantly, our media production experts are embedded into our creative process — they understand the specific needs of producing & installing media in a specialized venue, from cutting-edge 3D architectural video mapping to interactive media integrated seamlessly into scenic environments.

We use embedded multimedia to bring our storytelling environments to life, from sound design & music to high-definition video and interactivity. Thinkwell’s custom-produced media is part of our toolbox to create cutting-edge, memorable placemaking — creating worlds that look and sound like nowhere you’ve ever been before.

In-Field Art Direction

Turning great designs on paper into spectacular built environments requires getting your hands dirty — something that our art directors certainly aren’t afraid to do.

Themed entertainment isn’t the same as building a house or an office building, so our in-field art directors can work with specialty vendors and local resources to help create one-of-a-kind spaces.

Our expertise helps make sure that what you envisioned is what is built — supervising sculptors, painters, scenic artists, and construction crews to bring all of the elements together successfully.

In-Field Art Direction

Why it's important to have team members on site to oversee the art, creative & technical direction.

Installation Supervision

As your project is installed, the need for qualified supervision is paramount, due to the specialized and unique nature of all of the various components, which usually fall outside the realm of experience for one single vendor or local contractor.

We carefully coordinate everything that impacts the guest experience: scenery, rides, exhibits, lighting, audio, media, and so much more.

We make sure everything goes where it should and it all works the way it’s supposed to. This integration is a crucial stage of the project, and our attention to the details can save both time and money.

Programming & Training

With the project in place we begin programming and fine-tuning all the details. Show control systems that move scenery and special effects, ride systems that move the guests, lighting and audio that transform the environment — all of these things require careful programming and choreography on-site, to make certain the experience works as a whole. In parallel, we train the operations and maintenance staff to understand the complexity of these specialized systems.

We bring not only design and production experience, but a team that has opened and operated shows and attractions all around the world. We know what challenges to look for at this crucial stage, and help ease the owner/operator into their role for a seamless transition between production and operation.

Then, we softly open the experience to guests, often starting with friends and family to help work out the kinks. We adjust both show systems and operations to accommodate the realities of real people moving through the project.

Brand Development

We work with some of the biggest brands in the world, helping them expand their offerings into all new forms of innovative and exciting entertainment.

We can bring this unique perspective and experience with world-class companies to the development of your brand, helping it grow through thoughtful creative development and careful strategic thinking.

Thinkwell’s proprietary creative process can create a full-circle approach to the development of your brand — logo design & messaging, signage & graphic identity, character & mascot design, social media integration, unique marketing & live events — everything to make your mark and bring your vision to life.

Digital Experiences & Gamification

Technology has enabled a two-way conversation between audience and entertainment, creating a world where choice, customization, and personalization are becoming not just features, but part of our guests’ everyday reality.

The days of purely passive entertainment are waning, and we understand how to evolve your brand and project into a flexible, digital realm where your audience isn’t just a spectator, but a co-creator in the experience.

Digital media is another crucial part of our creative toolbox, and we bring a unique perspective and skill-set for the production of digital worlds, combining cutting-edge technology with tried-and-true theatricality and our innate understanding of how to please an audience.

From embedded alternate-reality games, to architecturally-mapped projection, to online and mobile extension of your brand, we can help you dream in digital.