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Sons of Gallipoli

Featuring the stories of two modern-day mothers reflecting on their sons’ legacies, the Sons of Gallipoli is a multi-layered, interactive documentary commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle of Gallipoli.

Sons of Gallipoli is a multi-layered, interactive documentary commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle of Gallipoli. It follows the stories of two modern-day mothers – one Turkish and one Australian – as they reflect on their sons’ legacies. The documentary features historians and guides who are the keepers of the war memories, giving context to the mothers’ reflections and contemplations.

Jam3 juxtaposed the historical subject matter with a modern approach in the storytelling, design and technological methods employed to bring the project to fruition. The result is a beautiful and dynamic stand-alone content piece that allows users to dive deep into the original video content and photo stories via hotspots in the documentary and interactive map.

To optimize performance, WebGL was used to render dozens of parallax layers in the historical map illustrations while Canvas was used to render the secondary content, enabling users to browse chapters and archived photos. Using these technologies, Jam3 created dynamic interactions that empower users to uncover the story in both a traditional and non-traditional format.while watching the documentary.