Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

Three veterans share their personal stories from D-Day when they were young, inexperienced soldiers and sailors heading for Omaha Beach.

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
Format: 360 video
Runtime: 19 min

The Production

The 360 Historical Documentary, “Omaha Beach”, was filmed in France at the original historic locations at the Atlantic coast.

Interviews with the three D-Day veterans form the emotional fabric of the documentary. The narration provides the historical framework wherein these individual, personal stories unfold.

Archival video and photographs blend into the 360 surroundings using a reverse Ken-Burns effect. “Omaha Beach” allows the viewer to be present in the places where history happened and at the same time get a glimpse of that history through archival augmentation.

About WWII Foundation

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. ‘Omaha Beach’ is the first 360/ VR experience produced by Koncept VR for the World War II Foundation. Check out the next one – The Siege of Bastogne.

Credits

Directed, Written and Edited by Uli Futschik
Executive Producer Tim Gray
Executive Producer Joergen Geerds
360 Camera Ignacio Ferrando Margeli
Edited and Mastered Koncept VR
Graphics and Animations Koncept VR
SFX Denise Barbarita, MONOLisa Studios
Illustrations by Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto
Narrated by Bradley Hyland
Narration Recorder at American Voice Power

Client

WWII Foundation

See the Film here

Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach

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
Format: 360 video
Runtime: 19 min

The Production

The 360 Historical Documentary, “Omaha Beach”, was filmed in France at the original historic locations at the Atlantic coast.

Interviews with the three D-Day veterans form the emotional fabric of the documentary. The narration provides the historical framework wherein these individual, personal stories unfold.

Archival video and photographs blend into the 360 surroundings using a reverse Ken-Burns effect. “Omaha Beach” allows the viewer to be present in the places where history happened and at the same time get a glimpse of that history through archival augmentation.

Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach

About WWII Foundation

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. ‘Omaha Beach’ is the first 360/ VR experience produced by Koncept VR for the World War II Foundation. Check out the next one – The Siege of Bastogne.

Credits

Directed, Written and Edited by Uli Futschik
Executive Producer Tim Gray
Executive Producer Joergen Geerds
360 Camera Ignacio Ferrando Margeli
Edited and Mastered Koncept VR
Graphics and Animations Koncept VR
SFX Denise Barbarita, MONOLisa Studios
Illustrations by Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto
Narrated by Bradley Hyland
Narration Recorder at American Voice Power

Client

WWII Foundation

See the Film here

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