The brick bridge in
this live-action plate is the second of its type that has existed
here. There once stood a similiar bridge that was destroyed by
At this point in the Civil War the severely
damaged brick bridge had to be quickly reconstructed with fallen
trees and logs so the troops could begin crossing the river again.
We removed a few of the foreground trees, painted in the makeshift
log bridge, extended the forest beyond, and finally created a
more visible riverbed.
A plate was shot
with a single group of soliders marching toward camera left.
Plumes of smoke from a large distant
fire were added to the horizon. Masses of soldiers were also duplicated
to illustrate a column of Federalist troops marching away from
a burning supply depot.
In this plate
we see soldiers carrying a casket from the Henry House.
Mrs. Henry was
killed by canon fire that hit the upper half of the house, so
Matte World Digital was asked to paint in the historically acurate
damage while live-action smoke drifts across the scene. The painted
damage had to be tracked as the camera pans across the scene from
left to right.
This plate was
shot with extras posing as dead soldiers while many shoeless troops
march by. During the Civil War many troops fought bare-foot unless
they could scavenge footwear from fallen soldiers.
We painted additional dead, shoeless soldiers
and added more troops walking down the line in search of foot
protection as they prepare to go to battle.