From HAGERSTOWN HERALD-MAIL (July 17, 2001):
HCC TO HOST CASTING CALL FOR 'GODS AND GENERALS'
Hollywood is coming to Hagerstown in its search for actors to fill small
speaking roles in the movie "Gods and Generals."
A casting call will be conducted Thursday through Saturday at Hagerstown
Community College's Kepler Theater, Casting Director Joy Todd said.
Todd is looking for about 50 "day players" for the movie, which is to be
filmed this fall in Washington County. She said actors selected might have
only one line, or one day of work. They will be paid. Most of the roles are
for trim men between the ages of 18 and 50, she said. They'll be asked to
read from the script and should bring a nonreturnable recent picture and
resume. It's helpful, but not required, to belong to a union such as the
Screen Actors Guild, she said.
Filming of "Gods and Generals" is scheduled to begin Aug. 28. For the first 2
1/2 weeks, the company will film scenes depicting the battles of Manassas and
Lexington in Staunton, Va., and Lexington, Va., said Dennis Frye, a local
historian and associate producer of the movie. Through early December, the
rest of the film will be shot in and around Washington County, he said.
Locations have been chosen, but the movie company is still negotiating with
property owners, he said.
Director Ronald Maxwell has not announced details about who will star in the
film and what company is backing it financially. His movie company has
established an office at 16232 Elliott Parkway, near Williamsport, in space
rented from Washington County government.
The casting call is separate from a nationwide search for re-enactors to
serve as extras. About 4,000 re-enactors have signed up to participate. They
Aug. 15 to apply through the Web site www.godsandgenerals.com, Frye said.
"We've had absolutely no difficulty recruiting quality re-enactors," he said.
Background extras will not be paid. In exchange for their service, Maxwell
has offered to donate up to $1 million toward battlefield preservation.
The movie will depict the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg in July