‘Manhattan’ is a new TV show from WGN America premiers tomorrow (Sunday 27 July). The series is set in Los Alamos New Mexico, the home of the Manhattan Project. The dense ensemble drama shows the lives of scientists and their families as they work isolated and in compete secrecy on building the first atomic bomb. Exciting premise set in tense times, about a project that was a secret even to the very people who were working on it in the years leading up to the devastation of Hiroshima ending WWII.
We are excited to share, that Frontier’s partner school the Santa Fe University of Art and Design is heavily involved in this production. The series is actually shot at SFUAD, using the original WWII barracks located on campus. This gives unparalleled opportunity to students and faculty of The Film School who are part of the filming crew as interns, extras and actors.
In 1943, two years into WWII, Santa Fe built semi-permanent barracks for a military hospital on what is today the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus. The production revitalised these original buildings and transformed 12 acres of the SFUAD campus to bring Los Alamos to life with great accuracy and authenticity. Read more about this unique set on the Jackalope Blog here.
The series is created by ‘Masters of Sex’ writer Sam Shaw and directed by ‘The West Wing’s’ Thomas Schlamme, ‘Manhattan’ premiers this Sunday July 27 at 9pm ET. We are excited to see how the series turns out and will certainly tune in to support the work of Frontier students at SFUAD.
Images: WGN America