From the intimate to the extreme, immersive experiences can range in style, tone, and inspiration. With a festival-long immersive horror game starting before you even arrive at the Timberline Lodge (Bottleneck Immersive) and intimate individual shows by both ABC Project and Blackout, The Overlook Film Festival was not shy at proclaiming its love for immersive theater. In a panel entitled “Scare Tactics: Making Immersive Work,” four incredibly talented immersive creators sat down to discuss how they make immersive work for them. Learn how Annie Lesser wants to start a dance cult, how Josh Randall wants to create a Blackout for kids, why Kristjan Thor only hires the nicest people to act for Blackout, and how Dylan Reiff is trying to trick you into LARPing. These creators peek out from behind the curtain to reveal secrets, stories, and insights into this new frontier of  storytelling. This panel is entertaining, educational, and just plain fun. And a huge thanks to Bryan Bishop of The Verge for moderating this great panel.

Click below for the full panel (54:43 minutes):


Scare Tactics: Making Immersive Work at The Overlook Film Festival


Annie Lesser (The Chalet/The ABC Project)
Josh Randall (Blackout)
Dylan Reiff (Bottleneck Immersive)
Kris Thor (Blackout)

Bryan Bishop (The Verge)


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For more information on The Overlook Film Festival, please check out their website and follow them on Facebook.

For more information on Annie Lesser and ABC Project, please check out their website and follow them on facebook.

For more information on Blackout, please check out their website and follow them on facebook.

For more information on Bottleneck Immersive, please check out their website and  follow them on facebook.


And a huge thanks to Drew Kowalski for his exceptional job at editing, leveling, and ultimately making this track as listenable as it is. Thank you! 

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