Modiki, Ernie Schenck and Jam3 created an interactive doc with linear & non-linear modes.
For the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, a new interactive documentary puts the pivotal war campaign into a personal perspective—from a mother’s point of view. Sons of Gallipoli sets itself apart from other WWI documentaries by keeping the website design crisp and modern, instead of a shopworn WWI aesthetic. This design helps to frame the 30-minute documentary’s point: that soldiers who fought a century ago will still be remembered and appreciated in modern times. To provide adequate context for the battle that established independent Turkey and elevated Ataturk to his presidency, the interactives include maps and a library of war artifacts, including Ottoman propaganda. Viewers may explore these resources as they watch the documentary, or they may sit back and watch the film after having only pressed “play” once. The eleven documentary chapters are clearly displayed in an interactive design as tree rings, giving viewers a sense of the circular and interconnected narrative. With its contemporary touches, this digital documentary reveals how the sons of Gallipoli remain important to this day.