“This project is not about individual war stories and it’s not about survivors…”
It is a fact that World War II is one of the worst human atrocities ever but to break it down to the last fallen is a big challenge…
This phenomenal documentary called The Fallen of World War II, written, directed, and narrated by Neil Halloran brings the Second World War to life via animated data visualisation. And it is bone chilling.
Produced both as a video and as an interactive graphic, the film is divided into three parts: the first focuses on the military losses, second is about civilian deaths and Holocaust and third compares conflicts after to WWII and peace time.
Halloron adds imagery that compliments the use of statistics as the main instrument of storytelling. At one point, when he narrates the losses in the Soviet Union, all you can see is a never-ending tower of tiny red soldiers. Music by Andy Dollerson lifts the film.
Counting the 70,000,000 casualties of the Second World War along with Neil Halloran is traumatic.
Go Viral would like you to watch this video because:
1) It is a documentary film on WWII like no other. A treat for history lovers, without losing sensitivity of the subject.
2) Superb use of data, animation, images, voice over and music without any of the elements overpowering the message.
3) Interactive and visually striking.