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About 10 years ago I was working on developing an immersive experience that exists where film meets role playing games. I called this concept “Role Playing Films”. The seed for this idea was planted in my mind as I was writing my final essay in Digital Media towards the end of my TV & Filmmaking degree. I became very passionate about this concept, which is the primary reason I moved to Los Angeles (or at least that’s what I thought at the time – I now know I moved to LA to look for something completely different). My quest lead me to a meeting with David Koenig, the CEO of Gigawatt Studios. The project never took off (our shared vision was probably 20 years ahead of its time), and Gigawatt was shutdown a few years later. But a casual meeting at Shabbat Dinner at a friend’s house reunited me with Yoni Koenig, David’s brother. It was one of those incredible serendipities that remind you that even though the Universe works in mysterious way, it always works.
Yoni, as it turned out, is the producer and co-designer of Strange Weather – The Los Angeles version of The Burning Opera:
The show opens on June 10.
Here’s a short video they just released on YouTube:
Here are a couple of photos from the rehearsals:
For more info, showtimes and tickets, please visit their website.