|The George Meade equestrian statue at night.|
Trailer and filmmaker introduction for The Gettysburg Story.
Prepare to experience the Battle of Gettysburg as you have never seen or learned of it before. Director Jake Boritt’s The Gettysburg Story will offer audiences a vivid and emotional journey into the past, presenting viewers battlefield perspectives yet to be explored on film. The gripping documentary dramatically tells the history of the greatest battle fought on American soil by implementing stunning high definition aerial and time lapse cinematography. Take in breathtaking bird’s eye views of the hallowed ground and become enraptured with the intense human drama of the desperate struggle.
|Stephen Lang and Jake Boritt during filming on Little Round Top.|
The film is narrated by acclaimed actor Stephen Lang, best known for his powerful roles in Avatar, Terra Nova, Tombstone, and General George Pickett in Gettysburg. You too can play a role in bringing this film to fruition. While principal filming and photography is complete, we need your help to add the finishing touches on this unique production. In the ongoing weeks, we will be hosting an online Kickstarter campaign that allows you to invest contributions large or small. You will not only be providing for a fresh and worthy project of historical importance, but great prizes will also be awarded throughout the campaign.
But first, let us tell you more of this exciting film. In the opening scenes we view the fog-covered valleys and fields of Maryland and Pennsylvania, learning of Robert E. Lee’s desperate invasion plan to achieve Confederate independence. Little does Lee know that the Union’s Army of the Potomac is hot in pursuit. The destinies of both armies and a nation at war with itself will be determined in an unassuming crossroads town in southern Pennsylvania. The formerly quiet community of Gettysburg will become the killing stage for over 160,000 men—each with their own visions and dreams for their respective causes.
Produced with cooperation from the 6,000 acre Gettysburg National Military Park, the battle’s immense story comes alive visually thanks to cutting edge technology such as remote-controlled skycams. Dynamic and evocative aerial imagery of legendary places of the battlefield offer viewers scenery both encompassing and deeply personal. Charge up Little Round Top with regiments of rugged Texans. Find yourself immersed in the smoky confusion of the Wheatfield with Confederate Captain George Hillyer. Mourn with the personal loss of Patrick Taylor of Minnesota. Walk in the footsteps of the common infantryman while never being far removed from the larger strategic decisions of George Meade, James Longstreet, and Winfield Scott Hancock.
|Me helping out with the dynamic time lapse cinematography along Hancock Avenue.|
Stephen Lang and creative cinematography together tell the story of free African American Abraham Bryan.
The climactic tribute in the documentary is Lincoln’s immortal and universal Gettysburg Address. Realize the full scope of heroism and loss as our cameras dramatically sweep over the 3,500 graves the president dedicated with his everlasting oratory. Gain a greater appreciation, in the words of Joshua Chamberlain, “where and by whom great things were suffered and done” for our benefit. Stephen Lang’s lively narration keeps the pulse of the film beating with electrifying suspense and reverence. Civil War era music interpreted with 21st century sensibility and technology offers a unique reexamination of the melodies that inspired the 1860s generation.
Meanwhile, motion graphic animations dynamically explain troop movements and military strategies employed in the three day clash. Guided by advisers such as bestselling scholar Gabor Boritt, the film is a testament to historical scholarship blended with artistic expression. The history and the land speak as one in this unique visual and aural interpretation of The Gettysburg Story.
|Jared Frederick and Stephen Lang on the Boritt Farm in Gettysburg.|