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Focusing on the most important strip of Omaha beach that day – the exit at Vierville-sur-Mer – "D-DAY 360" strips D-Day back to its raw data to reveal how the odds of victory, in the greatest gamble of World War II, swung on what happened over a five-hour period on a five mile stretch of French coastline.
Data gathered though forensic laser scanning, 3D computer modeling and eye-witness accounts bring the battlefield to life as never before. The film takes advantage of light detection and ranging technology, or LiDAR, to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro — pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield. It’s a new approach and perspective that tells the story with details never before available.
"We’re thrilled that PBS" concept for this film has been brought to life so convincingly by Windfall Films,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming and Development, PBS. “The combination of amazing graphics and innovative statistics in D-DAY 360 shines a new light on this historic battle. Additionally, PBS will air a special line-up of WWII and other military related programs that analyze the impact of war throughout the month of May.”
“D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since and its ambition and scope are reflected in the cutting-edge use of technology pioneered in this film,” says Ian Duncan, film director and Creative Director of Windfall Films. “Conveying the sheer scale of the D-Day operation is at the heart of our radical approach to the graphics.”
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"D-DAY 360" was produced by Glenn Swift and directed by Ian Duncan for Windfall Films. "D-DAY 360" will be available for pre-order on shop.pbs.org starting Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
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"D-Day 360 uses cutting-edge technology to tell the story of the most meticulously planned operation in military history. Honoring the 70th anniversary of the historic event