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|Created by||Kevin McMahon|
|Directed by||Jody Shapiro (Creative director)|
|Produced by||Kristina McLaughlin|
|Written by||Annie Bradley, Buffy Childerhose, Ian Ross MacDonald, Michael Morrow, David New, Dylan Reibling, Su Rynard, Sean Wainsteim|
|Narrated by||Rick Miller|
|Music by||Kurt Swinghammer|
|Release date||June 1st, 2012|
|Original airing||June 1, 2012|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|No. of episodes||6|
Canadian Made is a Canadian documentary produced by Primitive Entertainment that will air on History Television June 1, 2012. The series is about Canada’s tradition of invention, innovation and discovery.
CANADIAN MADE is a new TV series about Canada’s tradition of invention, innovation and discovery – astonishing in its range and genius, yet unheralded at home and abroad. Each half-hour episode of CANADIAN MADE explores the inspiring historic, scientific and human stories behind three inventions that, together, reflect an aspect of the Canadian character. Delightfully creative in both style and substance, CANADIAN MADE weaves a dizzying array of documentary, animation, skits, recreations and computer graphics into a view of Canada that is amazing, exhilarating and sure to inspire pride. The 14 shows in CANADIAN MADE’s debut season were shot in every part of the country and with some of its most ingenious citizens. The production crew met with the elegant Louise Poirier, who designed the original Wonderbra, and the unstoppable Nestor Burtnyk, who invented computer animation and built the world’s second functioning computer mouse. Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut, describes what it’s like to flex the Canadarm; Ian Hayden, Canada’s best snowmobile racer, tells how it feels to go 190 km/hr on a supercharged sled; and hockey legend Tony Esposito gives the backstory on how goalies fought to protect their mugs. We meet dreamers – like Phil Nuytten, who invented the deep diving Exo-Suit – visionaries – like Mehran Avari, who developed remote-control surgery – artists – like Chris Claremont, who reimagined X-Men comic books -- and saviors – like George Dyson, who prevented the Inuit kayak from disappearing -- and writers -- like Peter Burger, who wrote a biography about Charles Fenerty; a 19th-century Canadian who invented modern paper.
CANADIAN MADE is narrated by voice chameleon Rick Miller (The Mulroney Opera, MacHomer). Miller is an award-winning actor/writer who has performed in five languages on five continents. For three years, Rick hosted ABC’s hit primetime series “Just for Laughs”, and Entertainment Weekly has called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” Rick is the artistic director of WYRD Productions and a frequent collaborator with Robert Lepage on such plays as Géométrie des Miracles, Zulu Time (co-created with Peter Gabriel), Lipsynch and on the film Possible Worlds. He recently starred as Brian Mulroney in the satirical film Mulroney: The Opera and is developing various projects, including a solo documentary play called BOOM!
The CANADIAN MADE Production Team
Created by Kevin McMahon Narrated by Rick Miller Producers: Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon Executive Producer: Michael McMahon Creative Director: Jody Shapiro Episode Writer/Directors: David New, Sean Wainsteim, Ian Ross MacDonald, Buffy Childerhose, Dylan Reibling, Michael Morrow, Su Rynard, Annie Bradley Music by Kurt Swinghammer Visual Effects and Animations by Mark Alberts Executive in Charge Of Production for Shaw Media: Lynne Carter
Primitive Entertainment, Production Company
Primitive Entertainment is a Canadian documentary film, television and digital media production company.