Discovery Channel Episode Films in Washington County

Discovery Channel Episode Films in Washington County
Network Television Project Completed at Fort Frederick State Park

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that a network television episode was completed in Washington County this past weekend (Nov. 9th and 10th). Much of the filming was done at the Fort Frederick State Park, and included local participating organizations and individuals.
"This project has been in the works for several weeks," said Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford. "We welcome film and television projects to our county. Our organization helped coordinate: the location site, the hotel rooms, local fire and emergency services, the production company's need for animals, hay and straw, and several other items. It was a fun effort, and we look forward to the finished episode's premier in January."
Halfyard Productions is a Maryland-based network television production company and has done a myriad of projects for The Learning Channel and for the Discovery Channel.
"Weapon Masters" is a new hour long series airing on the Discovery Channel. Each episode explores the technology and history of a different ancient or antique weapon. The filming in Washington County included the historical exploration and evolution of rockets. According to "Weapon Masters" host, Chad Houseknecht, "We rebuild and update ancient weapons using modern technology and techniques. This project is a ten-part series, and the Washington County episode will premiere after the First of the Year."
This Washington County filming included demonstrations of Chinese rockets, Indian rockets, Congreve Rockets, and a cannon challenge against the Hale Rocket (said to be used by the US Army in the Mexican War, and also later by the Confederate States Army). A cannon crew from South Mountain Battlefield State Park provided Napoleon Cannon demonstrations, by firing live rounds in the safe confines of the Fort Frederick State Park's range.
A local Maryland farmer provided a horse and a donkey, the Clear Spring Fire Department provided stand-by assistance, and local straw and hay was purchased by the television crew.
The Discovery Channel production company stayed at The Plaza Hotel, ate at the Fireside Restaurant, and also had lunch provided by Pittman Market in Hancock. The television filming included more than a dozen cast and crew, not including the staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Department of Natural Resources cannon crew from South Mountain.
"We couldn't have done this project without the help of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB," said Erin Yokel of Halfyard Productions. "The hotel was great, and we appreciated all the guidance and advice. We are already scheduling other episodes that will be filmed in Washington County."
"Weapon Masters" on the Discovery Channel is where "Technology and history collide head-on in this action-packed series where viewers witness firsthand the power of pivotal world-changing weapons of the past and of tomorrow," according to the Discovery Channel's web site.
Television and movie projects bring positive economic impact and publicity for Washington County. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, four motion pictures have been filmed in Washington County recently, and more than fourteen network television episodes have completed projects during the past four years.
Recent films shot in Washington County:
"Gods and Generals" (2001)
"No Retreat from Destiny" (2004)
"Fields of Freedom" (2005)
"We Fight to be Free" (2006)
Television productions include several History Channel episodes (including two two-hour specials), Discovery Channel episodes, Public Television episodes, a Showtime feature and an ABC television network episode. Two History Channel episodes shot in Washington County will be premiering in December. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com