3net going to war

The Discovery/IMAX/Sony joint venture and Chicago-based Towers Productions have started principal photography on what the new network says is "the most ambitious 3D series ever produced for television," The Civil War 3D.
April 18, 2011

3net and Towers Productions have begun principal photography on what is being billed as the first war documentary shot in native 3D and “the most ambitious 3D series ever produced for television.”

The Discovery/IMAX/Sony J.V. and the Chicago-based prodco are collaborating on The Civil War 3D, a four-hour miniseries scheduled to air on 3net in fall of this year.

The series will combine digitally enhanced stereoscopic archival imagery as well as scripted re-enactments and character narrative, utilizing first-person accounts culled from letters from soldiers in counter regiments.

“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 3net president and CEO Tom Cosgrove. “As well, The Civil War 3D series further reflects our ongoing mission to provide the kind of immersive in-home 3D experience available nowhere else on television.”

David W. Padrush, director and co-EP of the series for Towers Productions along with company founder/CCO Jonathan Towers, said the prodco will “bring the prism of 3D technology to first-person accounts of battlefield experiences as a way of exploring the humanity and the complexity of motivations of soldiers on both sides of the war.”

Tim Pastore will exec produce the miniseries for 3net.

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