ABC in Australia is hosting “Gallipoli: The First Day“, an interactive web site using to Flash 10/Flex 3D to recreate the first day of the ANZAC assault on Gallipoli Cove on 25 April, 1915. The inspiration for the site came from a visit to Anzac Cove by ABC Innovation producer Meena Tharmarajah who realised that seeing the terrain gave her a whole new perspective on the battle. She returned to Australia to marshall mapping technologies to tell the story of these events in a recreation of that environment, giving people a far deeper insight. This germ of an idea became a reality with the launch of Flash 10 and its ability to support 3D.
The 3D Map of the peninsula was built using topographic data taken from 1916 Turkish maps. Surveys of all the Gallipoli battlefields were made in 1916 by the Turkish Mapping Directorate under Brigadier General Mehmet Şevki Paşa and 43 maps were made. As the data is true to the period our 3D map doesn’t show contemporary building developments and roads. Sydney University Archaeology Department then supplied the GIS data used to shape and create the terrain topography.
The scenes that tell the story of the day were created in 3D using Cinema4D software. The models of soldiers and objects that populate these scenes were meticulously created for Gallipoli by Plastic Wax, Sydney, based on photographs and descriptions recorded at Gallipoli. Melbourne based sound designer and composer Roberto Salvatore recorded authentic artillery preserved by Fort Queenscliff Museum in Victoria to create a dramatic backdrop against which the story is told by acclaimed Australian actress Lucy Bell. Throughout the landscape, other voices permeate: that of those who were there. The men who survived the horrifying slaughter of the first day record the events they experienced in diaries, and letters.
The First Day site was developed at ABC, Sydney, by creative director/executive producer/script developer/director/editor/designer Sam Doust, producers/project manager/script developer/researcher Astrid Scott, producer/project manager/information architect/designer/researcher Meena Tharmarajah, script developer/researcher/historical advisor Harvey Broadbent, senior Flash developer Robert Stewart, 3D artist artist and developer Charlie Szasz, XML developers Nick Gledhill, Scott Enver, Robert Stewart and Tristan Gross, web developers Tristan Gross, Geoff Pack, Anthony Willis, lead designer Georgie Ibarra, designers Dale Smart, Sarah Fawcett, Julie Ramsden, Google Earth developer Tristan Gross, Google Earth producer Amy Nelson, Google Earth information architect Gabrielle Banks, production assistant Lin Jie Kong, ABC archivist Brian May, researchers Tristan Gross, Matt Bailey, Robyn Bernstyn, editors Bruce Belshem and Abigail Thomas. Marketing and publicity were managed by Carolyn MacDonald and Victoria Till.
3D models were supplied by Plastic Wax, Sydney. The Queen Elizabeth model was supplied by Troels Hanson. Sound design, original music and sound mixing were by Roberto Salvatore. Dialogue ediging and assistant FX editing was by Bryce Grunden. Heurist database consultant was Steven Hayes. Digital mapping consultant was Andrew Wilson.
Vocal talent, edited by Mark Taylor, included narrator Lucy Bell, with diaries and letters read by Hugo Weaving, Quentin McDermott, Vecihi Başarin and Yusuf Nidai. Vocal effects were by Dan Andrews, Sam Doust, Tristan Gross, David Noonan, Robert Salvatore, Dale Smart, Robert Stewart and Zeki Toral. The Quick tour was narrated by Chris Winter. Video interview are provided with Peter Cosgrove, Chris Masters, Les Carlyon, Gary Oakley, Christopher Pugsley, John Howard, Murat Ersavci and Harvey Broadbent. Radio National Hindsight and Radio National Verbatim audio were produced and presented by Michelle Raynor.
Special Thanks: Ian Carroll, Abigail Thomas, Gabby Shaw, Lisa Romano, Michelle Raynor, Penny Chapman and Jeni Thornley