Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed

Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed is an epic sight and sound nighttime show situated in the heart of a century-old hydroelectric power plant that follows the spectacular transformation of water to electricity. Featuring immersive, interactive storytelling, Currents offers an incredible multisensory experience amongst the generators of the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Thinkwell Studio Montréal designed and produced the all-new immersive experience at Niagara Parks Power Station, working in close collaboration with the Niagara Parks Commission.

While the intent of the project originally began as a traditional, seated multimedia show, Thinkwell saw even more promise in the beautiful, cathedral-like hall of the power plant. After touring the station, the team envisioned a fully interactive and immersive experience—one that the audience wouldn’t just watch, they would experience all around them.

Thinkwell designed, constructed, and implemented technology solutions that combine sound, lighting, interactive elements, animation, and 3D projection mapping within the facility to tell the story of and celebrate the Niagara Park Power Station’s rich history and architectural features. 

Spanning a 600-foot-long, 115-year-old industrial building, Thinkwell created over 40 minutes of projection-mapped content and lighting design for the nighttime show that brings the power station to life through repurposing artifacts of the building, while offering a first-hand view of how the hydropower giant generates electricity. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Thinkwell designed and produced the all-new Welcome Center arrival and finale experiences at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. This new addition to the Tour reshapes the guest experience for both first-time and repeat visitors with all-new interactive, explorable zones.

Guests begin in the Storytelling Showcase, which welcomes and orients them to the Studio, its history, and its tremendous breadth of work in film and television. With an aerial view of the studio lot as a printed floor graphic and a replica of WB’s iconic water tower for a unique photo op, this space uses media, images, artifacts, and audio to highlight stories from the Warner family to Friends, and from animation to innovation. Guests then enjoy the tour’s signature preshow film in new state-of-the-art theaters before heading out to discover the secrets of the lot.

From the introduction of Warner Bros.’ history to then experiencing the scale of the lot and learning how the studio’s iconic shows and films are made, guests return for the new finale experience: Action and Magic Made Here. Divided into two major areas of Warner Bros.’ most popular film franchisesone dedicated to the heroes and villains of DC Comics and the other showcasing the magic of the Wizarding Worldguests are immersed into iconic moments, sets, and artifacts from their favorite DC and Harry Potter films. From a recreation of Batman’s Batcave to vignettes of each Justice League member, the DC superheroes are brought to life with custom media and interactives, unique photo-ops, and never-before-displayed film artifacts, including the Batwing. In the neighboring Wizarding World area, visitors can link their online accounts and be sorted into their house with the Sorting Hat, test their potion-making skills with interactive cauldrons, or explore Newt’s shed and the magical creatures from the Fantastic Beasts films.

From an arrival space that connects guests with Warner Bros. as the maker of their favorite IPs to a finale that lets them step fully into the action and magic of the movies, the new Studio Tour Welcome Center is a landmark addition to the world-class Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood experience. This was the first expansion to the Tour since Stage 48: From Script to Screen opened in 2015.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is an outdoor, nighttime trail walk experience inspired by the iconic Forbidden Forest as seen in the Harry Potter films. Guests are able to journey through an outdoor trail full of interactive surprises and illuminate some of their favorite Wizarding World moments as they come face to face with magical creatures and other enchanting forest wonders.

Thinkwell Group worked closely with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to bring this experience to life alongside UK partners, Unify, and ticketing/marketing partners, Fever.

The experience debuted October 16th, 2021, running nightly on the grounds at Arley Hall & Gardens for 12 weeks, a private estate in Cheshire, England. It will return for its second year at Arley Hall & Gardens in October 2022.

Featuring more than 20 different moments of visitor engagement from classic scenes, creatures, and characters from the blockbuster films, guests can explore the wooded trail for more than an hour of interactive enchantment.

Guests will:

  • Encounter majestic Centaurs
  • Cast a Patronus
  • Pay their respects to a Hippogriff
  • Cross paths with the infamous flying Anglia
  • Discover a Niffler burrow
  • And come across a variety of other surprises, from small to epic!

After their experience, guests can visit the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience village. There they can get dinner, nibble on sweet treats and coffee, in addition to shopping for house scarves, robes, wands, and more in the retail shop.

One Drop Foundation

Thinkwell Studio Montréal was asked to design and create a series of traveling installations for The One Drop Foundation. The educational interactive installations were set up in public areas, to explain the global freshwater crisis. 

Visitors triggered off-screen sequences as they operated a touch screen, while the screen sent out virtual water projections on their hands and arms, flowing freely between screen and body to illustrate the perpetual cycle of life through water. 

This project was completed prior to Thinkwell’s acquisition of Réalisations-Montréal in 2019. Réalisations-Montréal is now Thinkwell Studio Montréal.

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