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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
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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