Interactive

Requires a modern computer. Experimental.

Video

Better for mobile, Apple TV, Chromecast ...

Ticket Price

The suggested ticket price for watching the film is $2.50. Your support will help us develop the project and create new epsiodes.

Gold supporters will have the option to be listed in the final credits of the film and on the website. Silver will have option to be listed on website. If you would like to contribute a larger amount as a tax-deductible donation, please contact us.

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About the Project

The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history.

The film follows a linear narration, but it allows viewers to pause during key moments to interact with the charts and dig deeper into the numbers.

Credits

The film was written, directed, coded, and narrated by Neil Halloran. Original music and sound design was created by Andy Dollerson. Editorial feedback and technical consulting by AlteredQualiea.

Recommended Book

Inspiration and sources for the final segment of film came largely from Steven Pinkers's The Better Angels of Our Nature.

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Viewing Issues & Options

Viewing the interactive version on fallen.io requires a relatively new computer and a modern web browser. Most mobile devices will not play the piece properly. If the frame rate is choppy or if you are having other technical problems, we recomend viewing the video version instead, which is hosted with Vimeo.

To view the video version on a television, you can use Vimeo to stream to your Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, and any other devices that can play Vimeo videos. Just search for "fallen.io".

Data Sources

The data set that drives this visualization will continue to be updated, and we are always looking for volunteers.

Much of the underlying sources are similar to those listed in the World War 2 Casualties Wikipedia Article. For itemized list of data entries, you can view the Google Fusion table.

Post-WWII statistics were sourced from the The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP).

About the Series

Depending on how much interest is generated from this pilot episode, we would like to continue this project as a series. Future episodes would explore other trends of war and peace - from drones and terrorism to democracy and peacekeeping.