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An interactive VR documentary Chornobyl360 has launched on Kickstarter

Dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster – the documentary in 360-degree format from the heart of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the Exclusion Zone.

The team of young professionals from Ukraine brings to Kickstarter a high-tech project to show the story of the Chornobyl region in an interactive and catching way. They choose to name their documentary in Ukrainian transliteration (Chornobyl) to save the authentic identity.


The movie will be available for Virtual Reality (VR) headsets such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VRs, Google Cardboards etc. There will also be a version for tablets, smartphones, desktops, etc.

Chornobyl360 is a documentary anthology with a non-linear plot where users have an opportunity to plunge into the breathtaking atmosphere of the Exclusion Zone and the NPP. Users will also interact with living witnesses of that tragic events. NPP workers, liquidators of, engineers and locals (samosely), who returned to live in the polluted area, will share their memories about the tragedy.


Viewers will have an interactive navigation through the whole plot and their abilities to move through it depend on the selected story or the character, which are opening the way to the plant. The team filmed some parts in the unique locations of the NPP where only workers can get. So viewers will be able to discover some exclusive scenes and even experience the nuclear waste management and the construction process of the new sarcophagus.


In Chornobyl360, you can observe 360-degree live video from drones, CGI graphics, and 3D sound. Viewers will be also able to see exclusive interactive inserts of locations and people from 1986, which are recreated specially for the project. The team is also working on photogrammetry 3D scenes, one of them is reactor control room.


“The aim of the project is to attract attention to the consequences of human activity on the planet Earth using an amazing world of Virtual Reality,” project author and producer Kirill Pokutnyy said.

Kirill Pokutnyy was born in 1986, the year when the Chornobyl disaster happened. His father had been working on the Chornobyl’s NPP for a long time, so he knows the story of the Exclusion Zone directly from a witness.


The team has already spent months on research and shooting and completed the early preview of the documentary, which was presented at the exhibition in the cultural center America House in Kyiv. Now it is time for some further filming, editing, color correction, sound and motion design, coding and many other little tricks to present a truly outstanding documentary about the most mysterious site of the Soviet era.


In order to finish the documentary the team has launched on Kickstarter on the day of the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster – April 26th. They are aiming to raise €30,000 — a minimum amount that will help to complete the documentary.

Please share a few words about the project during the Kickstarter campaign and you might be among the first ones to dive into the historic site of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster and to observe it like never before just from the comfort of your home.

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