Three veterans share their personal stories from D-Day when they were young, inexperienced soldiers and sailors heading for Omaha Beach.
Follow the stories of Hal Baumgarten, Richard Fazzio and Don McCarthy. The young, inexperienced soldiers and sailors were part of the Allied Invasion Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. They were headed for Omaha Beach, the scene of the Allies hardest-won beachhead in Normandy. The landings on the French beaches were the first step of the Allied Forces defeating Hitler’s armies.
360 Historical Documentary
Release Date: April 30th, 2021
Runtime: 19 min
16 million Americans served in World War II. Now, 76 years after the end of the war, the veteran population is rapidly dwindling. Less than 300,000 are still alive. And they are well into their nineties. Eventually the memories of the Greatest Generation, as Tom Brakow called them, will vanish with them.
However, several organizations and individuals made it their mission to preserve as many stories as they can. Notably the World War II Foundation is such an organization. Tim Gray, its founder and director, interviewed countless veterans. Over the years, he collected personal stories from veterans that served in the Pacific and in Europe. This resulted in more than 25 films which are freely available for schools and educators.
To reach new audiences, Tim Gray decided to jump into VR in 2020. After some introductory talks between him, Joegen Geerds and Uli Futschik, Koncept VR committed to creating a 360/ VR experience about D-Day on Omaha Beach.
Directed, Written and Edited by Uli Futschik
Executive Producer Tim Gray
Producer Joergen Geerds
360 Camera Ignacio Ferrando Margeli
Edited and Mastered Koncept VR
Graphics and Animations Koncept VR
Sound Design and Mix Denise Barbarita,
Illustrations by Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto
Narrated by Bradley Hyland
Narration Recorder at American Voice Power