I was afraid that the size of my video would be too large as it's over 10 MB, so I uploaded it to youtube and am embedding it here. I hope this is okay.
Excerpts from my explanation are below, the full explanation is attached:
When the video project was assigned, I happened to be listening to the music of Edith Piaf and Vera Lynn. Both singers were popular during World War II, particularly in their native countries—France and England, respectively. So I thought World War II would be an interesting place to start in choosing a subject for the video. With English-native Vera Lynn as a sort of inspiration, I decided to base my film on the English side of the war. More often than not, when Americans think of WWII, it’s of Pearl Harbor—and rightly so—or of the Holocaust—again sensible. Still, I think that the story of the English in the war is interesting considering that their own Royal Air Force (RAF) was most responsible for the first real defeat of the Nazi offensive. I decided, then to portray the domestic side of the war for the English, using video of what it was like to be living in England during the war—on the ground. I wanted to represent the citizens and what they would see during the war, not just battlefields. This being said, I also wanted to choose a point in the timeline of the war of which there was much actual war footage in order to create a picture of life at the time—this means citizens, bombings, air raid shelters, sights of RAF pilots and their planes.
Over all, I hope that this video accurately portrays the events that could have occurred to any family or person during the bombings during WWII. I don’t want to say it’s necessarily an anti-war message, as I believe that however unwanted, this was a necessary war to combat Hitler’s regime, although it does show the destruction that war brings. I merely hope to show what it would have been like for normal citizens, like any of us in this class, and pay homage to the people who had to live through such atrocities. The US was hit in Pearl Harbor and this, of course is almost the same, but we were spared from Hitler’s armies attempting to hit our major cities—deliberate attempts at hitting our civilians. I am drawn to say that, at this time in our country, people have no idea how to respond to war and it doesn’t concern them really because it’s not personal. That’s not to say people don’t care, it’s just not a part of daily life. And I take into consideration, 9/11, which also hit us personally and did kill many citizens, but still I would go as far to say that this was a contained attack in one place, at one time on American soil. I wanted this video to translate the feeling and sights of a war that affected people personally and on a daily basis in order to, perhaps, give a starting point to think of how lucky we are that we don’t have to live through atrocities like 9/11 for seven months, for that’s how long this bombing lasted, the beginning marked by daily bombings, 57 nights in a row. Uncountable amounts of gratitude go from me, personally, to the British character during this time for standing for democracy in the face of so many dangers, and I hope the act of making the video shows at least this much.
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