National Geographic’s teasers for The Long Road Home start at the end of the story, showing viewers the aftermath of the events that unfold in the true-life based limited series.

Creators went conceptual with the storytelling, showing a bullet-strew ground, damaged vehicles, the ominous phone call a loved one receives at home, the meaningful knock of uniformed men at the door, the framed photos of a funeral memorial. Each vignette ends with the tagline “It was supposed to be a routine patrol.”

The Long Road Home tells the true story of April 2, 2004, what the Army calls Black Sunday, when The First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood that was ambushed in Sadr City, Iraq, on the fourth day of their peacekeeping deployment. Based on the book of the same name by Martha Raddatz, it focuses on both the battle that ensued and the struggle of loved ones at home.

The quiet, intense moments of the teasers wet a cinematic tone for the series.

The spots seek to immerse the viewer in the aftermath moments that speak to some of the themes of the show, leaving the audience wondering what’s happened and wanting to see more, National Geographic says.

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EVP Creative - Chris Spencer

SVP Creative - Andy Baker

VP Design - Brian Everett

Writer/Creative Director - Tyler Korba

Sr Project Manager - Leah Wojda


Creative Director - Wayne Watson

Producer - Marc Jensen

Associate Producer - Matt Wizan

Editors - Ben Holmes, Reina Holtzman, Soren Krabbe, Mike Martinez

Defacto Sound

Sound Design & Mix

Variable &

Director - Steve Hoover

Director of Photography - Jeremy Benning, Dustin Lane

Head of Production - Alex Friedman

Executive Producer - Tyler Ginter

Line Producer - Paige DeMarco

Production Supervisor - Morgan Bentz, Alex Fedolak, Buttons Pham

Production Coordinator - Alexandra Lowman

Art Director - Allen Glover, Joseph Sciacca

Leadman - Brad Burke

Set Decorator - Jack Colmenero, George Dishner

Props Marc - Dabrusin

Locations - Chris Cantu, Joey Hudgins

1st AC - Adam Schwartz, Sebastian Vega

2nd AC - Erin Mainwaring, Sam Pearcy

Loader - Beca Rodriguez

DIT - Jeff Levine

Mini CL Head Operator - Joe Datri

Steadicam Op - Michael Ditch

Gaffer - Rob Janecka, Tom Shin

Best Boy Electric - Will Penson, Colin Scherr

Lamp Operator - Ian Reese

Key Grip - Wes Ahl, Rich Bond

Dolly Grip - Zane Streater, Steve Urban

Best Boy Grip - Anil Gonnabathula, Phillip Renke

Rigging Grip - Robert Hicks

Grip - Susie Andersen, Anthony Damazio, Adam Flores, Richard Nance

SPFX Tech - Matt Kutcher

VTR - Chris Cudd, Garret Danks

Wardrobe Stylist - Christina Facundo

Script Supervisor - Lisha Johnson, Ty Johnson

Picture Car - Ronnie Reeves

Transportation - Greg Faucett, Mike Hitch

Craft Service - Charlie Silverman

Key Set PA - Derek Franzese

PA - James Goolsby, Gabe Leal, Joe Lee, Jeremy Minten, John Shields, Tom Stuart, Jordan Tunnell, Kevin Weakley


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