#Westernaires appeared in the 1963 box office hit "How the West Was Won". Filmed in Cañon City, Colorado, the Westernaires #Cavalry team assisted with the segment of the film depicting the #indianwars. Westernaires were retained by MGM Executive Producer, John Mantley, to serve as U.S. Cavalry #troopers. Westernaires have appeared in dozens of major motion #films, #movies, #television series, and local productions in their 68-year #history. “How the West Was Won” earned 8 #Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning 3 for Editing Sound and Screenplay. It was the 2nd highest grossing movie of the year. This star-studded cast included: Jimmy Stewart, @thedebbiereynolds, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, George Peppard, Robert Preston, and many more.
Filming “How the West Was Won” was a colossally epic-sized undertaking. It features over 2 dozen stars. There were a whopping 2,000 extras used in this film (Westernaires included). It had 4 Directors, and 3 cameras shooting every single scene.
Why so many directors and cameras? Well, “How the West Was Won” was filmed in "Cinerama" -- extraordinary filmmaking technology. Cinerama was developed to immerse audiences in an image exponentially larger than any they'd seen in a movie theater. The wide-screen process used a massive camera to simultaneously expose three reels of #film, providing coverage for left, right, and center. The finished product was then projected onto a very wide, slightly curved screen using three projectors to create one giant image. Cinerama was originally used for travel documentaries. Eventually the #Cinerama Corporation moved on to making feature films and "How the West Was Won" was its first.
The Cinerama Corporation teamed with #MGM to make "How the West Was Won". The plan included four different directors: John Ford directed the Civil War sequence, George Marshall directed a railroad segment, and Henry Hathaway covered the lion's share, and transitional segments were directed by Richard Thorpe who went uncredited.
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