This movie had 150 sets and shot in four states. It chronicles the early part of the Civil War through the Federal siege of Fredericksburg and Stonewall Jackson's death in the Battle of the Wilderness. The story's central characters are Jackson and his Yankee nemesis Joshua Chamberlain.
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This is where Jackson trained his command. I studied Kurosawa's films very carefully to get the right graphics in place for the set layouts. We had so many battles with large formations of men in them and in my opinion no one got this better than Kurasawa.
STONEWALL JACKSON'S HOUSE
JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN'S CLASSROOM
This was built on stage and would be his classroom at Boudoin College in Maine.
GENERAL HOOKER'S HQ
This is an exact representation of the historical site. Here we see the rout of Federal troops at Chancellor's Crossing. This happened right in front of Hooker's HQ.
This is where Chamberlain trained his men. Notice the tents in the upper right of the picture -- this type of staging and the imagery it creates is again my nod to Kurosawa. As you will see in the following frames, this set is shootable all the way back into the BG.
UNION ARMY CAMP
BEAL'S HOUSE IN FREDICKSBERG
Period details -- I had the wallpaper made. This was one of the stage sets.
BEAL HOUSE BASEMENT
This set was also built on stage. This is where the family weathers the bombardment of Fredericksburg.
This is the same set under Union occupation -- it is serving as a field hospital. This set was fully built and dressed to the street outside (on stage).
I laid out this set to mask the Baltimore city skyline -- this allowed the use of the period train that was in storage about 1/2 mile away.
J. W. Booth playing Julius Caesar.
LEE AND JACKSON MEET
They were many interstitial scenes like this in the movie. Many were set up on the fly or shot on stage like this one.
US ARSENAL AT HARPER'S FERRY
This set was built near some of our battlefield locations -- everything is built including the railroad cars and rolling stock.
I was able to rearrange the Harper's Ferry set and shoot in another direction to achieve this scene. We were able to move across the road to one of our battlefield locations, which gave me the time to do this.
CONFEDERATE FIELD HOSTPITAL
This set was built into one of the main camp sets.
GENERAL BURNSIDE'S HQ
This is General Burnsides staff headquarters at Chatham Hill. Again the wallpaper is made for this set. I wanted the look of this set to be very dark and foreboding.
CONFEDERATE COMMAND ABOVE FREDICKSBERG
This is General Jackson's Camp at Moss Neck. I added the Portico on the back of the house. In our story a large Confederate camp would grow around it.
PONTOON BRIDGE OVER THE RAPPAHANNOCK
This is the real deal -- this bridge was engineered using the actual Union Army specs of 1860.
FEDERAL WINTER CAMP
Many sets of this size were required by the story. One of the tricks I used here was to put the Confederate and Union sets back to back and use each as the other's BG.