Many theatrical experiences offered a sneak peek at their next offerings at Midsummer Scream, and one of the most impressive was Screenshot Productions’ Bardo Thodol.
It’s based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and was Act I in a multi-part experience. The show, which you go through alone, explores your own death. Not too spoil anything, but you will go through your final waking moments on Earth…and a few of them after your heart stops beating.
Though working within such a small space, Screenshot yet again shows impressive range in making use of their area. Much like they did with Fear is What We Learned Here, disorientating you works to their advantage, confusing you to a point that you don’t even realize you are in one of the convention center’s meeting rooms.
Since you are “blind” for half of the experience, they once again employ fantastic sound design, adding so much to the overall storyline.
Once you are allowed to see, it just gets more intense. In fact, I dare say this is one of the best immersive experiences I have ever been through. It had one of the best sequence of scenes, and featured a fantastic “end” that really almost brought me to tears because of how strong (and simple) it was.
Hell, I am convinced that this is my new favorite Screenshot Productions show, beating out Fear by a long shot.
As mentioned before, this is just Act I of a much longer experience. The rest of the show will be in Los Angeles in the next few months. However, you can ONLY see the rest of it if you go through Act I this weekend at Midsummer Scream. If you are attending on Sunday, I absolutely recommend you set time aside to check it out. It was equal parts exhilarating and frightening, and I enjoy every moment of it.
For more information on Screenshot Productions, and their offerings, visit their website.