A 360 documentary that transports you to the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in America
Silence In Paradise
"A powerful piece with haunting 360 footage of the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire & the destruction of the Paradise community.
Important oral history documentation of the most destructive wildfire in California history."
Kent Bye, Voices of VR
Silence in Paradise is an immersive VR documentary about
the aftermath of the Camp Fire that started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County, Northern California. The wildfire quickly became the deadliest and most destructive in U.S. history in the past century.
We noticed the whole Bay Area seemed to change over night. Nearly every other person on the streets had a respirator mask as dust from the fires bellowed down on neighboring cities. As filmmakers, the urge to travel to Paradise, Butte County was a personal reaction to the tragedy that felt like it struck our back door.
Our concern for the local community drove us to visit Paradise multiple times following the fire. We interviewed residents who shared their heroic stories of escape and challenges they face as they prepare to rebuild what they call home.
Silence in Paradise takes the audience on a visceral journey into the devastating aftermath of the Camp Fire, while exploring human struggles against climate change, big corporation and politics.
Experience in Virtual Reality
Silence in Paradise will be available to watch on any major VR headset in 360 format. Our goal is to launch the project at a major film festival in 2020. We will then make it available to the public on streaming platforms and social media.
Until the film is released. we decided to launch the Silence in Paradise Podcast to allow you to hear from residents directly. The uncut interview recordings are available on the below platforms:
KEVIN KUNZE - DIRECTOR
Kevin is an award-winning interactive filmmaker based in Berkeley, California. Kunze has filmed shorts for several organizations including: Intel, Stanford University, and YouTube. Additionally, Kunze has worked on film projects with Ayesha Curry, Colin Kaepernick, and Will.i.am. His first documentary, Mobilize, won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 California Independent Film Festival.
BERTI BENBANASTE - PRODUCER
Berti is a VR film producer, photographer and drone pilot based in San Francisco. He worked as a producer and assistant director of photography on Winter in LA, a feature narrative film. His short film titled Kando was a finalist in the Academy of Art University Sony Xperia Film Contest. Berti’s interest in new forms of media production and documentary filmmaking has led him to explore the limits of VR180/360 storytelling.
HELENA MCGILL - IMMERSIVE SOUND DESIGNER
Helena is a creative technologist and audio engineer working in immersive technologies. In 2016, she co-founded Noctvrnal, a full-service interactive audio agency, and have touched projects ranging from 360 films to location-based installations.
As a native San Diegan, Helena is no stranger to the growing threat of climate change and fire seasons, and have been directly impacted by their effects. She hopes to highlight this global issue through the lens of Paradise, utilizing recordings from witnesses and first responders who courageously fought for their communities, in an effort to continue the conversation around climate, bipartisan efforts, and responsible ecosystem management.
TIMOTHY SHORTELL - COMPOSER
Tompthy is an accomplished pianist, composer, and music producer based in Portland, Oregon. He has been selected as a finalist in various piano competitions and festivals, including the OMTA Romantic Festival in 2015 and Trula Whelan Concerto Competition in 2016. As a composer, he enjoys orchestrating and producing cinematic music geared towards films and movie trailers.
STEVE COOPER - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Steve is a 360 cinematographer specializing in immersive dolly shots and on location capture of challenging scenes. He is the developer of go.dingo, a remote control system that provides operator-free 360 camera shots. He has produced immersive cinematic content for architectural design and real estate clients, and museums, as well as the Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers, Microsoft.
HUGH HOU - VFX EDITOR
Hugh is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at CreatorUp, a digital media education company and production studio. He heads up immersive media content creation and has produced VR content for numerous companies and organizations such as the Special Olympics, Google, MasterCard, RedBull, LACOSTE, City of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Police Department. When not producing for other companies, Hugh dedicates his time to sharing his vast expertise in immersive technologies and VR filmmaking on the CreatorUp YouTube channel.
Directed by Kevin Kunze
Produced by Berti Benbanaste
Cinematography by Steve Cooper
Music Composed by Timothy Shortell
Immersive Sound Design by
Helena McGill and Anna Wozniewicz
Video Editing by Hugh Hou
Post Processing by Mike Hovhannessian
Cathlene White & Andy Rodriguez
Brenda Skelly & Tom Skelly
Deedee Garcia & Kevin O'Meara
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation
The Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation is organized exclusively to engage in lawful charitable and educational activities supporting the families of firefighters and other fire suppression personnel of California in times of financial need or hardship.
The Foundation helped 87 firefighters and their families financially in 2018. We partnered with Cal Fire to raise donations for the Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to the Cal Fire Benevolent Foundation. Federal Tax ID #20-5686356. To donate, please use one of the two methods below:
United Way of Northern California
United Way of Northern California (UWNC) is one of 1,200 local United Ways in the United States and among 1,800 globally. Founded in 1953, it currently serves a none-country area: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
UNWC's mission is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in their community. They work in close collaboration with non-profit partners, government agencies and the business community to advocate, support and deliver programs and resources that help improve lives.
To learn more, please visit www.norcalunitedway.org