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Engine Room

June 11, 2012 12:00 ET

Engine Room Reaches for the Sky With "Empire" Documentary for National Geographic

HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 11, 2012) - An original concept by developed Engine Room, National Geographic's "Empire," is the fascinating story of two iconic architectural projects: the Empire State Building and One World Tower. Engine Room teamed with Director John Joseph and First Television to produce a documentary special that weaves modern day interviews with recreated historic sequences that transports viewers to a time that forever changed New York's famous skyline.

The story of the Empire State Building is a truly fascinating record that can never be matched: In the face of the Great Depression, using no hard hats or nets, iron workers risked and lost their lives to build the Empire State in a mere 13 months. "Empire" also brings witness to One World Tower, where many of the ironworkers have a lifeline to the Empire State built by great uncles or grandparents in the ironwork trade.

"For many people, the Empire State is an incredible monument to achievement and a symbol of a great city built by many unsung heroes," says Engine Room's Dan Schmit. "For Engine Room, the project marks an exciting expansion into original property development."

Engine Room utilized animation and visual effects to painstakingly recreate historic sequences that bring the viewer back in time and to the 82nd floor of the Empire State Building, drawing inspiration from Lewis Hine's historic photographs. Engine Room tapped Zack Kenny to produce and design the show's beautiful, deco-inspired main titles and interstitial graphics.

The Empire State story is interwoven with that of One World Tower, a potent symbol of triumph over adversity built on a sacred site of one of the nation's most tragic events. Through revealing interviews directed by John Joseph, modern day ironworkers provide the living links to the experiences and accomplishments of the men who built the Empire State, some of whom were relatives of men forging New York's newest architectural landmark.

"With 'Empire,' the original voices are long gone but we are able to illuminate the experience through today's elite ironworkers and with the amazing recreations by Engine Room," says Director John Joseph. "The beauty of documentary is taking viewers on a journey to previously unexplored ideas and places. In this case, the extraordinary feat of building these rising towers."

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