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Filming starts on Civil War movie in Lexington

By Brendan King
Published On: Jun 03 2013 02:30:49 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 09:54:06 PM EDT
Filming starts on Civil War movie in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Va. -

The city of Lexington looked like a scene out of the Civil War today.

Muskets, Confederate soldiers, and southern belles straight out of the 19th century are transported to the streets of Lexington.

"Field of Lost Shoes" tells the story of the march VMI cadets made through the rain and mud to the battle of New Market.

"It's a kid story and I don't mean children. Young men and young women confronting the insanity of the adult world. It's an intense story and it should have resonance with audiences today," Producer Dave Kennedy said.

Some of scenes actually happened in the streets of Lexington, and the director wanted to stay true to the authenticity of the story.

"When I make movies I really want to shoot at the place they really happened," Director Sean McNamara said. "When we're talking about the cadets I want to shoot at VMI, the Virginia Military Institute where it really occurred, where they really marched this street on their way to the Battle of New Market."

It takes hundreds of crew and cast members to put on this one scene. That means one mistake and they have to do it all over again.

While there may be Hollywood actors playing the roles in front of the camera, former VMI cadets work behind the scenes.

Costume designer Kevin Hershberger said, "I've been studying it for a long time so I knew which direction I wanted to go. I only had one month to pull together all the costumes, the generals, the cadets, the officers, the civilians, everything."

While the filming will wrap up Friday, the history of VMI lives on.

To be an extra in the movie, send an email to filmVA@aol.com.