Transformation: This is the theme that guests of the 360 Screenings Halloween edition can look forward to on October 25 and 26, 2013. This is the only detail Ned Loach, Artistic Producer and Co-founder of 360 Screenings, was able to give about the upcoming top-secret event, where guests become immersed in an interactive live performance with actors before the actual film screening. Ticket-holders will find out the location of the event just 24 hours beforehand and won’t know the film being screened until just moments before, but can guess based on the characters, set pieces and venue.
With the immense popularity of 360 Screenings and its multiple sold out shows, it’s hard to believe that the company is still fairly new. It all began when Ned and his team thought about whether there was a market for this type of event in Canada after seeing similar events in other cities. “During our travels to London and New York we attended quite a few cultural events that featured hybrid elements that combined film and theatre,” he says. “We were really impressed with the way it resonated with the audiences and ourselves. We saw that nothing was being done in Toronto so we decided to create the company. A year and a half into its existence we are continuing to expand and grow.”
Ned and his team have three guidelines that a film has to meet before it can be chosen for a screening. “First we look at the characters to see if they are instantly recognizable. We then look at the setting, environment and design of the film and how best we can recreate its look and feel. Lastly is the overall character arcs and theme of the film. With 28 Days Later we played with the idea of survival and how far people are willing to go to ensure their safety and survival in a post-apocalyptic world. With Amélie we played with the idea of love and what you have to do to find your soul mate. Each screening has its own general theme that we play with.”
Ned describes the evening as a kind of choose-your-own-adventure, since each guest will have their own personal experience which will differ from others. “There are no rules or instructions for guests beyond telling them to explore and interact with everything and everyone they see,” he says. “Guests walk around and interact with the actors who are playing characters from the film and performing scenes in multiple rooms.”
With past screenings at the Christie Mansion for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Fermenting Cellar for Fight Club, the upcoming Halloween screening should be just as unique and spooky, where characters will undergo massive transformations throughout the night in front of guests.
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Recap of 28 Days Later screening
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