Don Hewitt, the late creator of the famed television news magazine “60 Minutes” was asked once how his show has been able to survive since 1968, when so many other much more flashy programs have come and gone and TV has changed so much over the decades. His answer was simple:
“I may not know a lot, but I think I know how to tell a story.”
Hewitt practiced his craft following a simple motto: “It’s four little words. Tell me a story. And that’s all we do. Tell ’em a story,” he explained.
It’s advice we have followed at the World War II Foundation when it comes to chronicling the stories of the WWII generation.
If you are looking for fancy graphics, we are not it.
If you are looking for computer animation of the great battles, that’s not us.
If you are into heart-thumping music, slick sound bites and tons of reenactors in every documentary we produce, you will be disappointed. We try and keep the reenacting to an absolute minimum.
Our documentary style is much more PBS and Ken Burns than Quentin Tarantino and Spike TV.
We don’t have the huge budgets of many films you see out there. We do all our own fund-raising for each documentary we produce.
What you can expect from each of our one-hour World War II documentary films is this: We will tell you a story.
You will meet incredible people who will take you on emotional and sometimes heart wrenching journeys into their past
These men and women will speak for themselves and share with you the heroics and horrors of the years 1933-1945 (with a little World War I as needed).
If you want your World War II delivered to you with a side order of flash and dash, wrapped up in a bright box with a 21st century high-tech bow, we just aren’t your type of film.
“Tell me a story” said Don Hewitt.