Pre-Production News and Notes (8/26/11)

Just some news and notes that have been posted on the show’s official Facebook Page, if you have not already read them or don’t want to scan through weeks of updates and posts from fans and crew members alike. This will probably be our go-to column for the latest information regarding To Appomattox, so whenever you see a “Pre-Production News and Notes” post, you might want to give it a read! Steven and I will most likely be alternating who posts this, either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how much information there is.

  • I know I have never witnessed one firsthand, but I also have not even heard of an executive producer being as hands-on as Michael Beckner has in these last few weeks. Aside from helping us with this website and allowing me to interview him, MFB (as we will abbreviate him), checks and comments on the show’s Facebook page daily, meaning there is no misinformation, and everything you read from their outlet is legitimate.
  • Backtracking to late July, the executive music producer and composer, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, has the Main Title for the show already composed, and would like to mirror that of the Star Wars saga, where there will be separate themes for the different characters and armies. What you will have to figure out for yourself is, between Grant and Lee, which one is Darth Vader and which is Luke?
  • I don’t think people realize how difficult and important costume designs are for a production. Granted, the reenactors who participate in the battle scenes will most likely come in their own garb, but the principal characters will be wearing various uniforms as the war progresses. Mark Maritato, the production’s artist, has already drawn up this rendition of what Robert E. Lee’s uniform will look like for Episode One, which will begin during the Mexican War, when he and Grant were fighting for the same American Army:
  • The latest update from MFB is in regards to the actual construction of a set. The plans are for a 20-acre back-lot, which will include New York City and Washington, D.C, along with Fredericksburg, Memphis, street fronts of Richmond, a general rural town, winter and summer soldiers’ camps, and a wharf. There will also be a rail-line with three platforms. Only one question remains: will they follow in the footsteps of Gone with the Wind and burn it all to the ground during the Atlanta scenes?
  • Lastly, though it is not confirmed, hopes are to film the Mexican War and California scenes in New Mexico. Right now, chances are just like the hurricane expected to destroy the New York/New Jersey area, where I am posting from: 90%.
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9 Responses to Pre-Production News and Notes (8/26/11)

  1. Greg, stay safe there. I’m in western PA so probably will just get a lot of wind.

    Yes, we burn it all to the ground. Someone said we could๐Ÿ™‚

    Great post. This is a fabulous blog!
    J.D.

    • GCaggiano says:

      Thanks JD. It’s going to be bad here. Already had the state of emergency issued, and the next town over is having a mandatory evacuation. I’m about five minutes from the bay. Many are predicting we will lose power– the news called it an “overwhelming possibility”. Christie basically said an hour ago that this will be our generation’s “Storm of the Century”. It’s gonna get nasty.

      GC

    • JD … I hope you are not going to try to collect insurance on it after burning it down! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Excellent idea and for a start today, it looks really nice. I am sure it will receive a lot of visitors to keep themselves updated. Thanks for your efforts here!

  3. Great idea, Gregg but then you’re full of ’em. Thanks for doing this. Nice addition and it will help centralize the Q&A process that all of us involved are getting. We can always say, “Check out the official site AND the blog.” Excellent.

    • GCaggiano says:

      Thanks Patrick! Looking forward to our next interview. Responded to your email earlier. Hopefully we can pick a day next week.

    • shancock says:

      I thought it was a terrific idea, but we wouldn’t have moved forward with it without the blessings of MFB. We’re going to do our best to make sure this is the best companion blog possible to what will surely be an amazing series!

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