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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Generals At War (Runner-up for Best in Show)

Providing in-depth analysis of some of the most important battles of World War II in a fresh and visually innovative way can be a tall order. In Generals At War, by framing the stories within a bunker set where live-action actors depict the opposing generals, and melding high-tech CGI with what can truly be called old school craft (cardboard cut-out battle scenes), the production team has spiced up these war stories in a way that will appeal to traditional historical programming fans as well as younger channel surfers.
March 19, 2009


Providing in-depth analysis of some of the most important battles of World War II in a fresh and visually innovative way can be a tall order. By framing the stories within a bunker set where live-action actors depict the opposing generals, and melding high-tech CGI with what can truly be called old school craft (cardboard cut-out battle scenes) the production team behind Generals at War has spiced up these war stories in a way that will appeal to traditional historical programming fans as well as younger channel surfers.
Even footage is treated in an off-the-wall way – or perhaps ‘on-the-wall’, as archival material used is projected onto the walls of the bunker for the generals to react to. With smart touches like these, Generals at War concocts a unique mix of drama, information and good, old-fashioned entertainment.
Partners: Windfall Films (UK) for National Geographic Channel, distributed through Parthenon Entertainment
Length: 6 x 60 minutes
Aired: January 2009, National Geographic Channel
Rights available: All worldwide, outside current partner licenses

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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