The IMAX Theatre inside the National Infantry Museum is the ideal location for a military documentary screening or film premiere. Just minutes from Fort Benning’s main post, the giant, 5-story-high and 70-foot-wide IMAX screen will leave your guests truly wowed! The museum has hosted a variety of original film productions and premieres including the world premiere of Baker Boys: Inside the Surge and Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed. The museum has also partnered with many productions, including LivingBattlefield to educate the public about the legacy of the U.S. Army Infantry. In addition to our regular slate of films, the Patriot Park IMAX has a selection of educational documentaries and military films reserved for holidays, special events and private screenings.
In 2013, Tim Maggart’s music video, “A Link in the Chain of Freedom” was filmed at the museum. The magnificent grounds along with historic sites as World War II Company Street and the Vietnam Memorial Plaza make for an awe-inspiring film location.
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NIF Teams Up with LivingBattlefield
The National Infantry Foundation are education partners with Livingbattlefield, the production team behind the groundbreaking World War II film series, The American Road to Victory. (read the official press release here).
The series has already been seen on over 1,200 broadcasts through PBS affiliates nationwide, as well as numerous screenings in public libraries across the country. On Veterans Day 2011, the museum premiered the third film in the series, The Americans in the Bulge, on the IMAX screen and hosted a Q&A session with a panel of WWII veterans and the film director, Richard Lanni.
The American Road to Victory trilogy chronicles the decisive actions that made victory in Europe possible – D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge – through a combination of striking visuals and detailed historical research. The films are presented by colorful historian Ellwood von Seibold, one of Europe’s leading battlefield guides and an honorary officer in the U.S. Army. To bring history alive, each film features rare archive footage and powerful interviews with combat veterans, seamlessly integrated with computer-generated imagery and historical reenactment.
As home of the Army’s most rigorous training and indoctrination programs since the early 20thcentury – including the Infantry, Armor, Ranger, and Officer Candidate Schools – Fort Benning has been responsible for the training of millions of American heroes, including many of the WWII veterans featured in the American Road to Victory series.
Currently, the films are available for private screenings as part of exclusive museum tour packages. Often, the museum will host special public screenings on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
War of Wars: The Battle of Somme
To counter the sensational Hollywood depiction of WWI combat, Jonathan Kitzen produced the documentary film, War of Wars, using original 3D photographs from the costliest battle in world history: the Battle of the Somme, which claimed the lives of over a million Soldiers. To tell the story, modern-day veterans provide voiceover narration describing their own time in combat to highlight the universal experience that all Soldiers share. Over 10,000 original 3D stereoscopic images of the war taken by photographers and soldiers in the trenches.
Most modern filmgoers think of “3D” as something invented by contemporary action movie directors like James Cameron or – for slightly older audiences – as a gimmick developed in the 1950s that required the wearing of silly blue-and-red cardboard glasses. In actuality, the concept of three-dimensional photography is as old as photography itself. “There are even 1200 images from the American Civil War that were taken in 3D,” says Kitzen. “By the time World War I came around, 3D was at its peak with perhaps as many as 100,000 images having been taken on the battlefield – of which perhaps 20,000 remain in various collections today.”
Restoring these images has proven to be quite a challenge as the removal of scratches and tears can subtly alter the 3D effect, making 3D restoration far more complex than the typical 2D process. “We thought we had a system in place to correct images, but when we projected them in 3D we realized we were going to have to invent some new technology and work flow in order to fix issues created by the image clean up,” explained War of Wars editor Christian Glawe.
One of the early issues that arose in making the film was the fact that all the WWI veterans have passed on. To overcome this, the filmmakers tried a groundbreaking experimental technique: using living veterans to tell the stories of those who no longer can speak. Interviews have been conducted in Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, and the USA of combat veterans who speak of their own personal experiences in the battlefield. “We really weren’t sure it was going to work, but when we took out the location and time references and a veteran talks about being shot at in Afghanistan, the experience is the same as getting shot at 100 years ago. It really works well,” Kitzen explains.
The National Infantry Foundation continues to provide historical and military insight to the War of Wars project. For additional information, visit www.kallistimedia.com and follow Kallisti Media on Facebook. For Veterans who are interested in telling their story, email email@example.com; if you are in the Columbus/Fort Benning area, you can contact Jordan Beck at (706) 685-2607 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.