3net will premiere the first native 3D war documentary, Fields of Valor: The Civil War, on December 3, ahead of a 3D/2D simulcast on sister networks Velocity and Military Channel the next day.
The four-part miniseries from the Sony, Discovery and IMAX 24/7 3D joint venture will go back in time to the tell the stories of the American Civil War’s most pivotal moments from the perspective of both sides of the conflict.
Fields of Valor will use stereoscopic stills from the period, which will be shown for the first time on television in 3D, as well as “tableau form”-style 3D recreations and 3D graphic effects.
The Towers Productions miniseries will feature a cast of thousands for the battle scenes, and also show the life of the men from the 20th Massachusetts and the 1st Virginia regiments as they leave home and prepare for battle.
The first episode, Collision Course, follows the parallel stories of Bostonian and Harvard graduate Henry Livermore Abbott as he enlists in the 20th Massachusetts, while a young pharmacist in Virginia, named Edward Payson Reeve, signs up for the Confederate army. Ensuing episodes, The Grind, Hell on the Horizon, and Judgement Days follows Abbott and Reeve’s stories throughout the Civil War, and will air on December 10 and 17.
Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO of 3net, said: “Recent advancements in 3D production have allowed us to get much closer to this period in our history and offer a uniquely personal and immersive telling of the conflict that simply wasn’t possible before.”
“By capturing the soldiers and battles of this historic war in native 3D, and showcasing perfectly preserved stereoscopic stills from the period, we’ve been able to bring a level of humanity and realism to the project unlike anything television audiences have experienced with previous Civil War documentaries.”
Jonathan Towers and 3net’s VP of production and development Tim Pastore serve as executive producers, with David W. Padrusch on board as director and Patrick Brennan serving as historical consultant.