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“We wanted to create something that would resonate after the initial broadcast of the show and that would give people more access to the veterans and the stories.”
Christopher Gagosz, Producer, in Playback Online
From history books to Hollywood films, Canada’s presence in the D-Day attacks is rarely a celebrated part of public record. Nevertheless, Canadian troops were able to reach farthest into Normandy, despite having a tenth the numbers of Britain and the United States. Storming Juno is an interactive archive focusing on these Canadian soldiers and complements a film of the same title. While the film uses three veterans’ stories as the basis for a docudrama narrative of the invasion, the website was able to feature over 30 interviews from veterans with more in-depth accounts.
The website interface is built around a “frozen-in-time” moment of the D-Day invasion, just after landing in the heat of battle. A 360° panorama allows the user to access the different interview sections, from paratroopers, medics, first-wave infantry, and even to French townspeople caught in the middle. Sections are intercut with docudrama scenes from the film.