Wanna make it big in Hollywood? Make some movie magic as you compete against rival studios in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Mirth, Marvel and Maud
Join A Door In A Wall on location for their latest production Lights, Camera, Action! starring… you! You and your co-stars will travel back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and film a series of mini masterpieces. You'll give stellar performances, and smooth talk producers - anything to make your western, historical epic or screwball comedy become a sell-out blockbuster that cleans up at the awards. Make sure you RSVP to the hottest movie premier in town.
INT: PRODUCER’S OFFICE - EVENING
The year is 1950, and the famous Hollywood Hills sign is illuminated through the PRODUCER’s window. They look at YOU with narrowed eyes, take a drag on a cigar, and smile...
So kid, you reckon you’ve got what it takes to make it in Tinseltown? Plenty of folks arrive here with stars in their eyes, but the real money’s in production! To make a genuine hit you need everything to come together. A killer script, talented actors, the best props, sound effects, a clever angle and a bit of that old movie magic. Cut all those together and hey, maybe you’ll scoop Best Picture…
FADE OUT: A glorious awards ceremony appears. The host opens a golden envelope...
What’s it all about?
In Lights, Camera, Action! You’ll be trying to make it big in the movies. You’ll source scripts and follow clues and characters to learn how to construct the perfect genre flick. You’ll get to film up to three tiny films in our cosy studios during the night, which we’ll then edit and appraise, before the evening concludes with a glitzy ceremony to honor the best efforts.
How does the game work?
You’ll be trying to score the most points across all the pictures you film. Each genre (comedy, crime, historic epic, sci-fi-horror and western) will have a list of things to include to score points. Some you’ll know right away and some you’ll have to discover! Interacting with some of the characters around the venue, following leads and solving the occasional puzzle will yield rewards and bonuses to make your movies the toast of the town.
It’s a preview - what does that mean?
This is a bit of a different game than our usual output, so we wanted to give it a trial run this Autumn to make sure it’s as good fun as we think it is. We’ve made sure the ticket prices reflect this.
As this is a test run, there may be a few rough edges to the game, but you’ll be the very first Hollywood high rollers to try it out!
How long does it last?
It runs from 18:00 - 22:30, so 4.5 hours all in all. As long as you arrive by 19:00, though, you’ll still have plenty of time to start your journey to stardom.
Where is it held?
We’re working at the fabulous Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow, a site steeped in cinema history! The current building opened in the 1930s as Granada Cinema, but there are records of films being shown on the site as early as 1896.
The address is 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH, just a five minute walk from Walthamstow Central station.
Will there be food and drink available?
Of course! Mirth, Marvel & Maud will be serving a choice of delicious food throughout the night for you to enjoy. Check out the options here. As for drinks, well, both their bars will be open all night to really get the creative juices flowing. Have a look at their fabulous Cocktail Ticket Booth options here.
Is this an outdoor game?
No - all the movie magic is contained inside a single venue, scattered across the magnificent spaces of Mirth, Marvel & Maud.
Is this a period game?
Yes. The story is set in 1950, and the venue reflects this. But don’t worry, film sets are always on the lookout for new technology, so there’s no need to leave your phone behind.
Is there a dress code?
If you want to make it in Hollywood, you’ve got to look the part. Whether you want to be the next big star or follow in Fellini’s footsteps, you’ll want to fit in. You can find a whole range of style suggestions at this link. Rest assured you won’t be turned away though, whatever costume you’re wearing.
Is this a team game?
Yes - your studio needs a mix of creative minds to be a success! We’d recommend you come along in groups of 3-6, but don’t worry if there’s only two of you.
What should I bring?
Other than your big dreams, and even bigger smiles? A charged smartphone and a pen will come in handy, as will some insightful friends to fill the cast sheet. A witty name for your ensemble never goes amiss either.