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We've all seen news footage covering the aftermath of a global-scale disaster. But what happened in the moments leading up to these events?
February 1, 2004

We’ve all seen news footage covering the aftermath of a global-scale disaster. But what happened in the moments leading up to these events?

Zero Hour, a copro between Montreal, Canada-based Cineflix and London, U.K.-based 3BM Television takes us through the hour prior to five major historical events – before they became headlines.

The doc will use re-enactments, split screens, and a real-time clock to recreate the final seconds of apparent calm before calamities such as the Columbine shootings in 1999, the Chernobyl accident of 1986, and the 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Narrative accuracy will be ensured through the use of journals, government documents, personal accounts, archival footage, photographs and interviews.

The 5 X one-hour series carries a hefty budget of just under US$2.5 million and is receiving financial backing from the Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit (SODEC) as well as the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit.

Slated to wrap in the summer of 2004, the series will air in Canada on History Television and the Discovery Network in Europe. VM

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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