USC Shoah Foundation, Here Be Dragons, MPC VR and OTOY, proudly premiered the first-ever Holocaust survivor testimony in room-scale VR, The Last Goodbye, at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
In The Last Goodbye, experience the powerful personal testimony of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter as he takes audiences with him on his final visit to Majdanek, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp where his parents and sister were murdered during World War II.
The photoreal experience presents an entirely new way of capturing truth for the future, encouraging viewers to explore the spaces depicted. USC Shoah Foundation will archive Gutter's testimony in support of their mission to use testimony as a compelling voice for education and action.
"Just as USC Shoah Foundation forged new frontiers by collecting the world's largest searchable archive of video testimony from genocide survivors, so too are we proud to be a part of this pioneering project with Here Be Dragons, MPC VR and OTOY," USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director, Stephen Smith said. "Every generation needs to bear witness to these atrocities, but our tools for learning and preservation change. We felt that doing the first Holocaust survivor testimony in roomscale VR, for education and preservation purposes, would engage our audience in understanding that the Nazi concentration camp system was highly developed where the SS authorities could kill targeted groups of real or perceived enemies of Nazi Germany. The consequences of such human behavior continue, and the best way to understand it and prevent it from happening again it is to gaze an unflinching eye upon it."
In late 2016, the team traveled with Gutter to Poland to capture hours of 3D video and tens of thousands of photos on site, to create an experience that enables viewers to virtually walk with Gutter as he revisits the railway car, gas chamber, shower room and barracks of Majdanek. The groundbreaking collaboration of the industry's top talent integrated a capture pipeline created by OTOY with Here Be Dragons' 3D video testimony, and brought to life with dozens of photogrammetry artists and engineers from MPC.
USC Shoah Foundation, Here Be Dragons, MPC VR, Otoy
Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz
Tim Dillon, Jonathan Dotan, Patrick Milling Smith, Samantha Storr, Chris Milk
Dražen Bošnjak of Q Department
VR Camera Technician