The World War II: D-Day

Negar Farhi (Project Manager), Paul Amsbary, Brandon Brown, Sergio Goldenberg, Hartmut Koenitz, Nate Olson, Susan Robinson, Allison Sall

A prototype for the History Channel designed as a premium offering, drawing on multiple sources and rich metadata annotations to juxtapose multiple human perspectives on a complex sequence of events.

The World War II Experience prototype is designed to enhance the presentation of historical documentaries on television. The prototype exploits the encyclopedic nature of digital media to deliver multiple human perspectives on the complex events.

The Georgia Tech Enhanced Television (eTV) prototyping group, in collaboration with American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab and History Channel’s World War II series, has created an eTV prototype to enhance the presentation of historical documentaries on television. The prototype exploits the encyclopedic nature of digital media to deliver multiple human perspectives on the complex events.

The World War II Experience assumes a broadband, video-on-demand environment that merges the rich content of television with the interactivity and archiving capabilities of the Internet.

The WWII Experience prototype takes as its focus one day in history, D-Day (June 6th, 1944). The prototype features related clips from key wartime leaders, personal voices, and key events in time. It allows the viewers to sort and choose from many video clips and to notice the connections among related clips. Viewers can create their own playlist and easily switch between the perspectives of American and German leaders and participants. The prototype maximizes the juxtaposition of canonical accounts of the war with local realities through iconic images of key figures and personal stories.