Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, How It's Made
(Comment c'est fait
in French) is a Science Show
(well, a Technology
Show, but we don't have that trope yet) that shows how various products are made
, using video shot in actual factories and workshops; a narrator describes what's happening on screen. The show is produced in a way that allows easy redubbing for export — factory employees do not speak on camera, and no reading skills are required. The show has been running since 2001, and so far has featured hundreds of different products, from sporting goods to food to vehicles.
The show is produced by MAJ Productions in association with the Science Channel (which airs it in the US) and Discovery Channel Canada. The US version is narrated by Brooks Moore; he was replaced for one season, but as of the new season (which started in fall 2008 on the Science Channel
and January 2009 on the Discovery Channel
) he has returned.
So far, the series has avoided making a show about itself, however they have done a promo for the show, showing how the show is made.
How It's Made provides examples of: