Wide Awake Films, an Emmy award-winning production company based in
Kansas City, Missouri, is honored to be the recipient of a 2014 Silver
Telly award in the Online/Historical Programs category for their
production of a Gettysburg Animated Map for the Civil War Trust.
Produced to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the epic battle between
Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War, this
Gettysburg Map features a high-tech blend of locally filmed live-action
footage and movie-quality special effects.
"When 19th-century history meets 21st-century technology in innovative
ways-like the creative, educational and entertaining Gettysburg Animated
Map-the results can be spectacular," said Jim Lighthizer, President of
the Civil War Trust. "Not only do viewers learn something about a
turning point of American history, but they come to understand the
battle's continuing relevance in our society. The Civil War Trust is
proud of our longstanding partnership with Wide Awake Films and looks
forward to many more collaborative efforts to bring the past alive for
modern audiences and inspire future generations of preservationists."
The filming that went into the Gettysburg Animated Map production was no
small effort. To create a highly-realistic depiction of the battle, Wide
Awake Films' crew, along with dozens of historical reenactors, braved
long days, hot weather, deep woods and, according to Seley, a "plague of
ticks." But the producers, director and crew at Wide Awake Films are no
strangers to unsympathetic filming locations. They are self-proclaimed
"history buffs" and "detail fanatics" who want to capture nothing less
than an accurate historical portrayal and wil go to great lengths to
get it right for the viewers.
"We see our work as a way to educate the youth about what happened
during that period of American history and help them to understand the
historical importance of the land," said Ed Leydecker, Partner and
Development Manager at Wide Awake Films.
In addition to support from live actors, the map features green screen
work and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to better illustrate how
certain events might have transpired-such as the killing of Major
General John F. Reynolds of the Union Army by a bullet shot from a
Confederate rifle. Through CGI, viewers can travel with a Confederate
bullet as it soars over the battleground and through a tree line before
it ultimately finds its target.
The award-winning Gettysburg Animated Map is not only drawing honors
from the industry, but numerous visitors to the Civil War Trust website
as well. According to web analytics for the site, the twelve-minute-long
Gettysburg Animated Map presentation has become one of the most-watched
multimedia aspects of the site's content.
"We've done a number of historical documentary pieces, but it was a real
honor to work with the Civil War Trust and produce a high-quality
project that garnered an award like this," said Shane Seley, Founder and
Director at Wide Awake Films. "It's always rewarding to receive
recognition from the industry, but the best part of the experience was
that we helped the Civil War Trust raise awareness about the Civil War,
as well as the money they needed to save a piece of land with enormous
The Gettysburg Animated Map produced by Wide Awake Films for the Civil
War Trust is just one part of an ongoing series of multimedia-driven
documentary pieces being developed to drive interest in the Civil
War-its triumphant and tragic events and the historical value of the
lands upon which so many brave soldiers gave their lives.
The Gettysburg Animated Map can be viewed here: http://www.civilwar.org/maps/animated-maps/.
This is the 21st Telly award for Wide Awake Films, which has also won
three Emmy awards for historical documentary work.
About Wide Awake Films
Wide Awake Films is a creative media group focused on innovative,
efficient execution of historical, commercial and corporate video and
film production. The production company excels in producing compelling
and powerful corporate messages, as well as Emmy award-winning
historical content for museums, documentaries and television programming.
For more information about Wide Awake Films, please visit www.wideawakefilms.com
or call (816)-872-3456.
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