Screening Room

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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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