The Producer of Wizarding Wonders
Director of Production/Senior Producer of Thinkwell Media, Thomas Jakobsen, in partnership with Warner Bros. and Unify, led the media creation for an entirely new world for fans to explore with the traveling, magical nighttime show Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Thomas and Thinkwell team members were up to the huge task because of their commitment to creating visual storytelling and cutting edge immersive media experiences. Together they have worked on additional acclaimed live experiences, including Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (Gringotts Wizard Bank Experience expansion), and Halloween Marathon of Mayhem.
There isn’t much a true Harry Potter fan wouldn’t do to experience firsthand what it feels like to interact with the magical world of wizards. That’s why diehards came out in droves to attend the award-winning Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience when it made its American debut in Leesburg, VA, in October 2022. Thinkwell Media’s Thomas Jakobsen and team were tasked with creating animations for an immersive nighttime experience that allowed fans to interact directly with magical characters and to cast their own spells. Thinkwell created true magic with all-new high-resolution creature visualizations, 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging and animation. Images were also projected in 4k to the delight of sold-out audiences. The animations won the 2022 Clio Entertainment Gold award for Home Entertainment: Experiential/Events. Thinkwell and Thinkwell Media worked closely with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to bring this experience to life alongside UK partners, Unify, and ticketing/marketing partners, Fever.