By April MacIntyre
May 12, 2009, 14:56 GMT
History has announced a 12-part one-hour series, "America The Story of Us" slated for 2010, depicting historical events about the birth of America from the Jamestown settlement to the present day.
The series will take you from the moments America was "invented" and the key people, events and locations that form its history.
CGI technology will be utilized to show how America looked when the first colonists arrived, from herds of wild buffalo on the plains to a densely tree-covered area now known as Manhattan.
"America The Story of Us" is produced by Nutopia, a new production company founded by producer/director Jane Root, the former president of Discovery Channel.
The production was announced today by Nancy Dubuc, EVP/GM, History.
The series promises to be an unprecedented look at America – from the frontier to 21st Century cities, from the Mississippi to the moon, from Jamestown to 9/11 up to present day, linking key events, people and locations, capturing the sweep of American history.
The series tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, looking at the moments where technology overcame the environment - from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental roads and railways - the internet of its day - to triumphing over vertical space from steel structured buildings to putting a man on the moon.
This is history with roots in the physical world: wilderness, animals, weather, the sea. "America: The Story of Us" is also a story of conflict – Indian wars, slavery, the revolutionary war that birthed the nation, the civil war that divided it and the great world wars that shaped its future. The series is an immersive look at the forces - the people, places and things that created this most astounding country. It’s a tough and thrilling adventure.
“There has never been a time when people are thinking so fervently and passionately about History. Now is the moment to tell the most epic, essential and groundbreaking story of America in a new way for a new generation,” says Dubuc. America: The Story of Us is not only the biggest project History has ever undertaken, it is the definitive event of the genre, underlining History’s ownership. This series is bigger than us, it is far broader than TV and we are thrilled to embark on this journey. With this series, we will watch America literally grow before our eyes, as we celebrate the individual stories, the people and events, and the incredible landscape that have become the America of today.”
These stories will be told in the immediate and present tense, through drama-documentary powered by narration, visualized in the moment as never before – this is history before it knows it is history.
Says Dubuc, “A complete television history of America has not been attempted since Alistair Cooke in the 1970s. This is a new kind of landmark television. This will be a national television event.”
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