Growing up in the late 50's early 60's we naturally played war games. In 6th grade I distinctly remember a substitute teacher who astounded the class when he talked about paralyzing fear as bullets ripped over his head, pinned down on Omaha Beach. His story left an indelible impression. At the time he was probably the ripe old age of about 35-38 years old!
I watched all the classic War Movies on television: "A Walk in the Sun", "Bataan", "Sands of Iwo Jima," but my favorite was "Sahara" with Humphrey Bogart. With a strong interest in audio-visual aids and history, my only regret was failing to record war stories when our WWII veterans were still in their middle age.
After some years of music production and studio experience I returned to film production in 2006 and the concept for the documentary. The project would initially be based on rediscovered journals from my father's memoirs. Slightly early retirement would allow extra time needed for the task that lay ahead.
Recording was always a passion and led me to the construction of a studio. The studio served well for voice-overs and narration. Struggling through film shoots staging re-creations while making frequent trips to the National Archives, became a difficult pace. Taking on more interviews with veterans across the country, it became an exhaustive race against time which concluded in 2014. Working without a budget it was necessary to work solo and acquire enough equipment and experience to eventually become self-sustained.
Considering the project's original format, there was little reason to get caught up in continual expensive software and equipment upgrades. Staying clear of incompatibility, this would become the only project I focused on while editing in Final Cut Pro. No need for bells and whistles or an 'App' to survive. Becoming self-reliant, I perform my own repairs and upgrades to several Mac Desktops. What's more important is archiving and frequent 'Back-Up'. Flashy embellishments do not necessarily produce a quality production. The key to a good documentary is the story. Unfortunately fiction has become the preferred favorite as fewer people are interested in real history. Nonetheless I persevere, expressing gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives for freedom which in so many ways is forgotten.
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Five years old in 1952 outside a U.S. Marines recruiting station in New York City
This independent documentary is not intended to be a comprehensive account of the war in North Africa 1942-43. The completed film will feature rare interviews from veterans connected to the story. The search to locate veterans within this time frame was very difficult. With no funding and a small film crew who sporadically assisted with re-creations, the bulk of production falls upon one individual. Contributions of any kind are welcomed. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Michael Fraticelli - North Africa 1942-43 Survivors' Stories © 2015