Shooting Commences on ‘First’ 3D War Doc
April 18, 2011
CULVER CITY, CALIF.: Principal
photography is underway on what’s being called “the world’s first native 3D war
documentary,” by 3Net, the joint venture 3DTV network from Discovery, IMAX and
Sony. The trio says “The Civil War 3D” will be “the most ambitious 3D series
ever produced for television.” The four-hour miniseries--now working titled--is
scheduled to debut this fall.
“Shooting in native 3D gives us the unique ability to bring an entirely new
level of depth and emotion to this epic time in history with groundbreaking
storytelling that simply hasn’t been possible until now,” said Tom Cosgrove, president
and CEO of 3Net.
The program calls upon “specially digitized stereoscopic archival imagery from
the period, scripted reenactments and character narrative,” according to the
presser. It brings in “detailed letters from Union soldier Henry Livermore
Abbott, who would die in the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864,” and those of “Confederate
cadet Charles Loehr, whose eloquent memoirs reveal similar sentiments from the
“The lifeblood of any historical recreation is the research,” said Patrick
Brennan, author of “Secessionville: Assault on Charleston,” co-writer
and historical consultant on the miniseries. “The 1st Virginia and 20th
Massachusetts regiments participated in nearly every major battle in the Easter
Theater, and the men in these units gave us authentic and haunting first-hand
insights into America’s darkest days.”
David W. Padrusch is directing the miniseries for Towers Productions LLC, and also
serving as executive producer along with the company’s founder and chief
creative officer, Jonathan Towers.
3Net was launched on DirecTV in February.