A MOMENT IN TIME
The bin Laden Raid
The US operation to kill or capture Osama bin Laden was the culmination of a decade long manhunt. Months in the planning, it took just minutes to complete. For those minutes the reputation of a nation, the fate of its President and civilian lives rested on the actions of twenty four US Navy SEALs.
Drawing on 470,000 newly released secret CIA files, unprecedented access to Navy SEALs who carried out the mission, key decision makers in the National Security Team and interviews with two of Osama bin Laden’s wives who survived the raid, we invite you to explore 20 minutes of the most controversial, compelling and significant military operations of recent times.
Using ground-breaking virtually reality technology you'll get experience exactly how it happened as it happened alongside those who were there. From the highest levels of government to the boots on the ground, you’ll be able to experience the moment to moment decision making process of everyone involved.
Watch this story as a documentary. Step into the story in VR. Go deeper into the story with an interactive app.
Watch the documentary.
Interact with the mobile app.
Experience in fully immersive VR.
Piece the story together for yourself in realtime as if you were there and replay the mission from different perspectives:
YOU are a Navy SEAL. This is not your first rodeo but you’ve got a nagging feeling it might be your last. Your thoughts jump to your wife son and the day you left home without giving anything away about the mission you were about to embark upon. You shift focus to the task at hand. The outside of the compound looks strikingly like the mock-ups you’ve been training on for months but you have no idea what's behind the doors. Booby-traps, trip wires, suicide vests? You’ve prepared for the worst but hope for the best. This is just another mission but you know there’s a lot more than your life riding on this one. Of the 20+ people living the compound the majority are children under the age of 15 and of the adults more than half are women.
YOU are a wife and mother asleep in bed next to your husband when you are woken by an an un-godly noise from above and a force that shakes your home. Your first thought is of your infant who sleeps in the room with you. The nightmare you have lived with everyday has now come true. If it was a drone you’d be dead already. It must be soldiers. Americans. You are prepared to martyr yourself and your children but you regret that you will probably never know who in your immediate family betrayed your husbands location. You turn to him and are surprised to see he is frozen in fear. He tells you to take the children and leave but you chose to stand firm.
YOU are the most powerful man in the world with the largest and most technologically advanced military force at your disposal. You have teams of advisors, each of whom has brought a lifetime of experience and expertise to your table, but the final decision was yours and your alone. Now you sit and watch the live drone feed as the carefully constructed plan evaporates before it has even begun as one of the helicopters crash lands in the compound. For the next next 20 mins you are powerless as the lives of US soldiers, innocent civilians and your whole life’s work hangs in the balance. If ever there was a single decision that would define your Presidency, this could be it.
YOU are the man they have come for. For five years you have been a prisoner in your own home. Having spent most of your life evading detection the possibility of violent death has always been present but nevertheless remained abstract. In this moment you have a high degree of certainty that you are about to die. You are afraid for yourself and fear that everything you have devoted your life to could be eradicated. But more than this you fear for your young children and wife in the room with you. Your treasured snub-nosed AK47 is within arms reach. You are resigned to death but in this moment you are surprised that you do not want your loved ones to share your fate.
We’ve recreated bin Laden's Abbottabad compound using advanced computer animation technology widely used in the video games industry. You can literally step into the story and walk around the one acre virtual compound in much the same way you could if it was real. You can physically interact with the environment but you won’t be able to effect the story. The goal is not to change the story but to explore the story to a depth that has never been done before. Everything in a render engine is data. So everything can be part of the story, should you chose to make it part of the story.
Active or Passive - Sit back and let us guide you through the story, or follow one person from start to finish, jump between different perspectives, or free roam throughout the acre compound choosing where you go and who you encounter.
'God mode' - Freeze time, rewind, forward wind. Pause the story, explore, then play it from a new location.
Replay the mission from another perspective or a variety of perspectives.
Listen to first person commentaries either as events unfold in realtime around you or pause the action and listen to extended stories of individual participants.
Content portal - Access photographs, video footage and interviews relating to the lead up to the mission, the mission itself and the aftermath.
Interactive wiki - Click on artifacts, maps, weapons and equipment to unlock more information. You can even read bin Laden’s personal journal.
A Moment In Time is a revolutionary piece of content that bridges the gap between traditional (2D) media and new media (mobile, 3D, VR or AR). The content is also iterative, meaning we can update and change the experience when new information comes is revealed, thereby keeping it current. Under one production pipeline and one budget we will produce:
VR - A fully immersive, fully interactive VR experience. Home or location based.
Television - A traditional linear documentary for television and movie theaters.
Mobile - An interactive story app for tablet or iPhone.
The Story tellers
Producer. Writer. Director. John MacInnes
John is best known as the writer of Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare. Starring Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey, Advanced Warfare was the highest grossing video game of 2014. Crafting stories and characters for movies, Triple A and interactive adventure games has given John a deep appreciation of the role storytelling plays in our lives. In 2011 John was awarded an Academy Nicholl Fellowship for his script Outside The Wire, a gritty action thriller that takes place during the US war in Iraq.
Producer. Director. Remington Scott
Remington has been at the fore front of computer graphic imagery and emerging media for more than 25 years. Most recently he was performance capture director on Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare. His career directing performance capture goes back to the first ever computer-generated movie to use hyper-real digital humans, Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within. Remington was instrumental in creating the digital human characters in the Academy Award winning VFX for Spider-man II & III, Superman Returns and Watchmen and also brought Gollum to life for Peter Jackson on Lord Of The Rings.
Intelligence Advisor. Wendy Anderson
Wendy Anderson has more than 20 years experience in defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence. She served in the Obama administration as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. She was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department’s highest civilian service award. In July 2014, National Journal described Anderson as one of the “25 Women Who Shape National Policy.” Wendy is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Council’s 2009-2010 Independent Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Technical Tactical Advisor. Mitch Hall
Former Team Six Navy SEAL. In his 21 year career with the SEALs Mitch saw 9 overseas deployments worldwide and is a Bronze and Silver Star recipient. Mitch's credits as a technical consultant include the movies Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor and well as multiple titles in the Call Of Duty video game franchise. He is currently a producer and technical advisor on History Channel’s drama series Six.