The Last Goodbye



First-ever Holocaust survivor testimonial in room-scale VR, The Last Goodbye, to premiere at Tribeca 2017

First-person testimonial of the Holocaust, for education and archival purposes, co-created by Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz and produced by executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, Stephen Smith, premieres at Tribeca Immersive, in Storyscapes, presented by AT&T

Installation Experience Created by Emmy Award-Winning Scenic and Production Designer, David Korins

USC Shoah Foundation, HERE BE DRAGONS, MPC VR and OTOY Inc., proudly announce the world premiere of the first-ever Holocaust survivor testimony in room-scale VR, THE LAST GOODBYE, Friday, April 21 at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. Screenings will run daily, through April 29, from noon to 10 p.m., at the Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studio. Press access is available to select Festival badge levels and on a space available basis, by appointment.

In The Last Goodbye, powerful personal testimony of the Holocaust is preserved for the first time in poignant, room-scale VR, as survivor Pinchas Gutter 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.

"Today when I see suffering of genocide victims and refugees, I feel their pain. I want my testimony to speak to the world to help avoid that pain. If my testimony can be a warning to the world, it would make my sharing of my own pain worthwhile," Gutter said.

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 Inc.," 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.

Tim Dillon, Head of VR & Immersive Content at MPC said, "Our ambition has been to create entirely an entirely new grammar for what's possible within a narrative and room scale mix, in a documentary format. We've faithfully recreated the rooms of the Majdanek camp so you can inhabit them with Pinchas, you can feel his story by being there with him, eye to eye."

"It was important that we go beyond spherical 360 video for this particular piece and allow viewers to explore Majdanek with real agency," said Patrick Milling Smith, president and co-founder, HERE BE DRAGONS. "This freedom of movement contributes to an even more powerful sense of presence while heightening the emotional impact."

To transport the viewers to Majdanek, the experience will be screened within a custom installation created by acclaimed scenic and production designer, David Korins.

"The ultimate goal of the experience was to build-in a contemplative pulse that people could naturally attach to their own personal landscape; to connect, not only with the atrocity of concentration camps, but grasp how inhumane man can be against man when hate is paramount and emerge as a more enlightened individual." said Korins.

THE LAST GOODBYE was co-created by award-winning filmmaker Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz, produced by Stephen Smith, Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation, and co-produced by USC Shoah Foundation, HERE BE DRAGONS, MPC VR and OTOY. An original soundtrack was helmed by audio director Dražen Bošnjak of Q Department. Spatial sound powered by Mach1. 3D stereo stitching by 3D paint\FX.

Credits

Co-Produced by

USC Shoah Foundation, Here Be Dragons, MPC VR and Otoy

Testimony

Pinchas Gutter

Created by

Gabo Arora & Ari Palitz

Produced by

Stephen D. Smith (USC Shoah Foundation)

Producers

Tim Dillon (Head of VR – MPC VR), Jonathan Dotan (Executive Producer – Otoy), Patrick Milling-Smith (Partner/President – Here Be Dragons), Samantha Storr (Vice President – Here Be Dragons), Chris Milk (CEO – Within)

Original Soundtrack

Dražen Bošnjak of Q Department

Head of MPC VR

Tim Dillon

VFX Supervisor – VR

Jason Schugardt

Senior Producer – VR

Carly Wilson

Coordinator – VR

Stephanie Espinetti

VR Developers

AJ Campbell, Jeremy Hart

Senior VR Artist

Bryan Brown

Line Producer

Deepanjali Singh

Coordinator

Nikkesh K

3D Supervisor

Nishanth Shrinivasa

3D Lead

Kunal Sarkar

2D Supervisor

Siju Murugan

2D & 3D Artists

Ajai V John, Baskaran S, Inigo Vimal Roy, Bibin Balan P, SelvaKumar K, Gopika Priya, Manikanata, Craig Savio Padua, Deepali Negi, Anbarasu E, Jayadeep Chandran, Sourodeep Dey, Vaibhav Gupta, Akshay Sunil Wadwalkar, Jyoti Prakash Panda, Sivapriyan, Earnest Victor, Yashvardhan Jain, Arulanandhan, Sangeetha M, ShaikAbdul Adil

360 Nuke Artist

Hector Cabrera

Poster Artist

Kina Choi

Junior VR Artist

Nathan Meyer