Mummies Alive Filming

Mummies Alive Broadcast Release

April 7, 2015


New Six-Part Series Narrated by Jason Priestley 

Premieres Sunday, April 19th at 10pm ET on HISTORY

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 When most people think of mummies, they think of Ancient Egypt. In fact, mummies have been found all over the world, from different cultures and time periods. They represent our most precious human link to our distant ancestors and are now the focus of a new, groundbreaking series, Mummies Alive,premiering Sunday April 19th at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.

 The series kicks off with an episode about ‘The Gunslinger Mummy,’ a mummy that has been on display at a Seattle curiosity shop since the 1950s. According to legend, he was an American Wild West cowboy, killed 120 years ago in a saloon shootout. He’s got what appears to be a bullet hole in his stomach, but using CT imaging technology and state-of-the-art, virtual autopsy techniques, investigators discover his story may have involved much more than initially thought. A notorious con man, the sideshow circuit, and a lesson on how to turn a buck using the myth of the Old West, all become part of the investigation.

 “We like to look at each episode like a classic detective story,” says Saloon Media’s series producer Steve Gamester. “It starts with a dead body and a lot of questions that need to be answered. Some mummies show signs of violence while others are found in spectacular places and linked to iconic events in history. Mummies Alive takes a close look what clues were left behind and pieces together a compelling story.”

 Every episode of Mummies Alive starts out like an ancient cold case, where there is a search for clues and new leads. As the investigation unfolds, the mummies come to life in exquisite animation, using the latest motion capture technology to achieve a hyper-real look. Colour returns to sunken cheeks, lungs fill with fresh air, and ancient eyes open to stare into the camera.

 Mummies Alive is produced by Canada’s Saloon Media and the UK’s Impossible Factual in association with Shaw Media, and is narrated by Canadian actor Jason Priestley.

 Mummies Alive main broadcasters are HISTORY Canada and Smithsonian Channel US. Additional international broadcasters include Yesterday (UK), ZDF (Germany), and SBS (Australia).


Sylvester and Sylvia, our shop mummies. 


The crew took our in house mummy, Sylvester to our warehouse to film and do some analysis with Ron Beckett (Professor  emeritus in Dept. of Biomedical Sciences) and Jerry Conologue (Professor of Diagnostic Imaging) of Quinnipiac University  of Connecticut.


Andy James, shop owner (far left) with director Mick Grogan and film crew.


 Ron and Jerry prepping Sylvester, for transport.



Sylvester in a hearse to be transported to Via Radiology.



Sylvester about to get CT scan at Via Radiology in Seattle.


Ron and Jerry discussing the CT scan.


Sylvester transported back to the shop.





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