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young black man standing in an alley with a green mask on as he looks into the camera
young black man standing in an alley with a green mask with words on it on his face as he looks into the camera

Unmasked Voices

Suicide is never an easy conversation.  With the lives of so many people being disrupted by Covid19, prolonged shelter-in-place ordinances, and other stressors including business shut-downs and financial struggles, suicide attempts have been on the rise.  For many, simply starting the conversation can be a life-saver.  That's where the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health is ready to help.

Together with the Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative, a group that unites a cross section of government agencies, community-based organizations, non-profits, and community members with a common goal of reducing suicide in our community, Fresno County launched its 2020 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month campaign in September.  For more information about suicide prevention, visit FresnoCares.Org.

The goal of the campaign was to portray what it would look like if people in masks could tell us how they really felt - with no shame, no stigma, and no fear. With their truth written on their masks, Fresno Cares amplifies the voices of those who are struggling, offers a message of hope and invites everyone in our community to start the conversation about mental health.

Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health - Unmasked VoicesCommissioned by JP Marketing, MantraHouse produced these 30-second mental health awareness TV spots, appropriately titled "Unmasked Voices".  Actors wore masks throughout the spot showing not only masked faces as a result of Covid19, but also a "masked" state-of-mind.  To depict this, alternating messages of the person's outward emotions and contrasting hidden thoughts were to be shown on the actors' masks.

MantraHouse was tasked with adding the mask messaging in post because the client wanted to allow for copy changes and the spot had to be produced in three languages - English, Spanish, and Hmong.  While this proved to be challenging, it was the best option, as it effectively reduced the number of shots during production while creating an efficient post workflow to accommodate the three languages.

The demanding part was adding text to the masks with the camera moving, the talent moving, and the fabric moving, as well as, flexing simultaneously - all while providing a 'natural looking' finished scene.  We were able to track each shot and add the English text.  Once we had the spot locked down, it was relatively simple to change out the text.  The finished spots were then delivered for broadcast and social media.

It is always satisfying to provide for our client’s needs and overcome new challenges all while promoting a much-needed service that helps our entire community.

Production Stills

Completed Spot





Copywriter: Katrina Riggs
Producer/Director: Paul Abajian
Cinematographer: Kyle Gentz
Grip/Gaffer: Cody Fletcher
Post: Paul Abajian
Audio Mix: Rafael Carmany
Music: Atomica Music

Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

Central Valley Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

Zoorassic Park Still 5

Something BIG is back

Watch Them Move, Hear Them Roar.

Zoorassic Park opens today!

Get in the mood with this teaser spot created by MantraHouse.

MantraHouse and Fresno Chaffee Zoo team up once again to create this homage to Jurassic Park; generating excitement for their returning Zoorassic Park exhibit.

3D models were used to create the T-Rex and ominous shadows over the live action shots to help feed the viewer’s imagination. Appropriate music and SFX helped complete the illusion.

The real exhibit doesn’t disappoint, so don’t miss out on your chance to see this amazing exhibit in one of the best zoos in the country.  And while you’re there, check out the rest of the zoo!

red gemini on a camera slider shooting a dinosaur exhibit at fresno chaffee zoo
Our brave MantraHouse crew on set with Utahraptor at Fresno Chaffee Zoo.