Darlow Smithson asks “How Hard Can it Be?” for NGC

The new 3 x 60-minute series documents awe-inspiring experiments conducted by a cast of engineers and inventors, such as lifting a house with balloons.
March 16, 2011

How Hard Can It Be?, a new series from Darlow Smithson Productions, has been ordered by National Geographic Channel. The 3 x 60-minute series documents the ambitious efforts of a cast of engineers and inventors in creating several awe-inspiring experiments.

The series features a team of three engineers and inventors: Vin Marshall (engineer and author), Paul Carson (mechanical engineer) and Erick Gocke (inventor). They combine their sense of adventure with a unique brand of humor on these experiments, which include finding out how many balloons it takes to lift a house, inspired by Pixar’s Up.

Steve Burns, executive vice president of content for NGC said in a release, “How Hard Can it Be? takes an impossibly big idea and combines it with quick-thinking ingenuity and a lot of imagination to turn these visions into reality.  The series’ amazing footage has already captured viewer attention across the globe and will deliver the compelling visuals and rich storyline for which National Geographic Channel is known.”

The series will debut on National Geographic Channel in the U.S. in fall 2011 before rolling out to the network’s international territories.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.