Making of “Bloody Omaha” Video
What’s my favorite 20 minutes in any movie ever? The beach scene from Saving Private Ryan! The scene was filmed in Ireland, cost about 11 million dollars and made use of 1000 extras (including 250 real soldiers from the Irish Defence force, a couple hundred more from the British Ministry of Defence and 20-30 real amputees). The Irish Defence forces alone spent four weeks on the beaches while the landing scenes were filmed.
In May, the Smithsonian Channel will air “D-Day: The True Story of Omaha” (it already aired as Timewatch: Bloody Omaha in the UK). They also chose to recreate the battle on Omaha Beach, but didn’t quite have Steven Spielberg’s resources. They had a shoestring budget, three people and four days. I think their final product is amazing! Here is how they did it: