Thank you for your comments. I will pass them on. They are not unexpected, and will be useful as guidance to film makers undertaking future Canadian productions.
It has been a pleasure for me to be closely involved with the people who worked on this project: Storming Juno combined with Remembering Juno. The focus of the project was on real Canadians who landed on D-Day. I hope you noted that The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War, The Historica-Dominion Institute was also a partner.
Veterans were the starting point...the men you saw and many others were consulted. Their contributions were invaluable and they were the glue that cemented together the final product.
The definition of consultant is...a person to whom one goes for information, opinion or advice. As another one of the "consultants" maligned in a previous post, and a volunteer "researcher" for one of the units featured, I was able to facilitate contact between veterans and the film makers, and to provide additional assistance. Long story.
The archival footage was included in order to help provide viewers with the accuracy that budget restrictions (this is Canada) would not allow in filming this DOCU-DRAMA. Comparing Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan to Storming Juno and Remembering Juno is rather like comparing Americans and Canadians. We're proud of the difference.
From a few e-mail messages from veterans & their families:
--Dad and I were honoured to be at the screening of Storming Juno. The film was remarkable; it was compelling, personal, engaging and a fascinating history lesson all wrapped up in a very professional production. Sadly, I haven't the words to adequately express my admiration for everyone who was involved in the film.
--Thanks so much for giving me all the info about this venture.
We just finished watching the TV movie, I am still
fighting tears back. It was very well done.
I also just got off the phone with - Louis Brunnings (young "Apple" in the docu-drama. DH) sister. I had phoned to remind her earlier this afternoon. She was so grateful -
--just spent the afternoon watching Storming Juno and was very impressed with the movie and with the Johns who commented .
--On behalf of myself and --, we would like to thank you very much for the the update regarding the Storming Juno docu-drama prior to November 11th. We watched this docu-drama numerous times and thoroughly enjoyed it. This television debut meant a lot to us being that --s dad, was involved in this historical event......brought tears to my eyes.
--Wow, what a show. Dad is impressed with the job they did...
--watched the documentory Storming Juno Beach,quite realistic,tank sherman firefly similar to last one idrove,no co driver just a large stack of shells beside my seat,had an aircraft 9cyl.aircooled engine,didnt like ,gas job germans called them tommy cookers,liked driving diesels didnt burn as quickly..larger gun was a good addition, enjoyed the film,thank you.
--I wanted to thank you for helping to bring storming Juno to us. It was very interesting from my stand point as my Dad was with the Regina Rifles Regiment. . My Dad continued to tell me these boys were sold short for many years in terms of their involvement on Normandy.
--I was only able to see the film yesterday. Very well done! I think what sets it apart from other documentaries is the personal quotes and detail. Watching action can become just that, but this film had real people- just kids, acting out real feelings. An example would be the comment in awe by a young man, that the Lieutenant cleared the bunker by himself! Also, Leo mentioned personal anecdotes, but never in front of me did he mention shooting the young woman. I had read about it in Mark Zuehlkes book, either Juno Beach, or Holding Juno.
--Storming Juno was absolutely fabulous! It was also gut-wrenching and did a superb job of telling the story of what our soldiers had to endure.
--I watched Storming Juno and was very impressed. Powerful footage and great interviews. Thanks for being involved in the production
--I have to tell you how much I enjoyed Storming Juno.I have been a history buff of the Second World War for some time and read and watch anything I can about the subject.To have the entire show about Canada's role in it was a real treat.
--I think this is very well done except for a few uniform discrepancies. I really liked the format and it sure gives the Johns the credit that they are so deserving of. Thanks for all the hard work and effort that you have put into making it possible to better remember the Regina Rifles.
Phone calls have unfortunately not been recorded.
Comments like all of these now posted bring to mind that phrase ...beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
My own reaction...Beautiful!
I couldn't be more proud of the productions.
Thanks for the additional insights.
Don't miss the innovative and interactive website at stormingjuno.com
If anyone has family members among the men of the Regina Rifle Regiment, or any other interest in it, please get in touch. (Because of the 1st Hussars' support of the Reginas in a number of battles, my involvement with them also continues.)