Young American Heroes tells real stories about young people from the past.
It also offers teachers and students the opportunity to help create a social studies curriculum and lesson plans, TV shows and graphic novels that will be made available nationwide. Young American Heroes develops creative, entertaining content that meets the classroom needs of middle school American history teachers but also is something that students turn on and watch when they get home–either on the Web, television, their iPod or DVD.
Shot entirely with the RED camera and showcasing the talents of Palace Digital Studios' High-Def Editors, Sound Designers, Graphic Designers and Animators, the first film in the series, "Frederick Douglass--Pathway From Slavery to Freedom," stars Jamie Hector and was directed by Palace's Chris Campbell. It was shot entirely on location in Connecticut and on the Palace Digital Studios soundstage. Digital footage from the shoot was used to create a "graphic novelist" activity on the accompanying 2.0 website and a graphic novel.