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'Gods and Generals' crew to shoot more footage in county

June 19, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

For the first time since the filming of "Gods and Generals" wrapped up in December, a small crew will return to Washington County on Saturday for some supplemental footage.

About 50 re-enactors will gather at Fort Frederick State Park to complete what are known in the movie business as "pickup shots," said Dennis Frye, a local Civil War historian and an associate producer of the movie.

The set will be closed to the public, he said. Neither Director Ronald Maxwell nor any of the principal actors will be present.

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Visual Effects Coordinator Tom Smith will be in charge of the shoot, which largely will involve computer graphic imagery, he said.

Computer-generated special effects will allow the 50 re-enactors to appear as 5,000 on screen. Since the scenes will depict a wintertime battle, computers will remove the leaves from the trees and create snow, he said.

"Gods and Generals" follows the life of Stonewall Jackson through the early part of the Civil War. It is a prequel to Maxwell's 1993 epic "Gettysburg."

Movie crews are shooting other pickup shots in front of Jackson's Lexington, Va., home and at Guinea Station, Va., where he died. The short outdoor shots will be used to set the stage for the action scenes, Frye said.

Much of the filming for "Gods and Generals" took place in and around Washington County.

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