Thinkwell Group Announces Its Involvement Designing and Producing Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Hogwarts Express Expansion
Thinkwell Group, in collaboration with Warner Bros., designed and produced the recent expansion at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
BURBANK, CALIF. (Apr. 6, 2015) — Thinkwell Group, a worldwide experience design and production agency specializing in the creation of theme parks, major attractions, events, museums, exhibits, expos, and live shows around the world, today announced its involvement in designing and producing the expansion for the award-winning behind the scenes attraction at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.
The new permanent expansion includes the original Hogwarts Express steam engine (antique British steam train No. 5972 “Olton Hall” built in 1937) and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾ set from the Harry Potter film series. Guests will have the opportunity to climb aboard the iconic train and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, along with other interactives.
“We are extremely honored to continue our collaboration with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter,” said Craig Hanna, chief creative officer for Thinkwell Group. “Working with Warner Bros., production designer of the Harry Potter films Stuart Craig, and the team at Leavesden is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
Thinkwell collaborated with Warner Bros. on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter, which opened in 2012, to create a one-of-a-kind attraction which explores the art and craftsmanship that went into the creation of the Harry Potter film series at the very studio where the movies were filmed for over a decade. Featuring dozens of original sets, and hundreds of authentic costumes and props, this immersive experience showcases the exceptional creativity and craftsmanship that brought the films to life, and goes far beyond behind the scenes with an award-winning handheld Digital Guide, and over 100 minutes of original media featuring the cast and crew produced specifically for the attraction.
About Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. is a fully integrated broad-based entertainment company and a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing, and marketing of all forms of entertainment and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature films to television, home entertainment/DVD, animation, product and brand licensing, and interactive entertainment.
About Thinkwell Group
Founded in 2001, Thinkwell is a global design and production agency that connects companies with custom content-driven experiences in the physical world. The agency headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Beijing and Abu Dhabi collaborates with its clients to envision, strategize, and create immersive, one-of-a-kind guest experiences. Thinkwell specializes in the creation of theme parks, resorts, museums, exhibits, location-based entertainment, live performances and events around the world. The award-winning company has become a leader in experiential design by bringing a unique holistic approach to every creative engagement, delivering extraordinary results to notable clients over the years, including Fortune 500 companies, film studios, museums, theme parks and destination resorts. For more information visit: www.thinkwell.staging.work
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