I have just returned from the Broadway Screening Room, located in the Brill Building in New York City, after having been invited by director Ron Maxwell to a private showing of his film Copperhead, the last time it will be viewed before the picture is locked. I am very limited in what I can say about the film, but I will give you a few tidbits below. I am actually going to write my full review in the next few days and save it for the late May/early June 2013 release, since it is so fresh in my head. Before I get to some details, I just want to say it was great getting a chance to sit and chat with Ron for a few minutes before the film, and also to see actor Brian Mallon again, after we met in the summer of 2011 at the Gods and Generals Extended Director’s Cut world premiere in Virginia. However, in contrast to that film, and Maxwell’s other Civil War work Gettysburg, Copperhead is one that is going to stand alone in terms of films made about the War Between the States. Simply put, it is unlike any other made about the subject ever.
Sorry if too much of my opinion is present here, but I cannot talk about someone else’s without interjecting some of my own, and how it either compares or contrasts.
The author of the screenplay which is being used for the film Copperhead is Bill Kauffman, and though we have never communicated with each other as of yet, I will be quick in my assumption that he is probably the most colorful and intellectual man on the set. He has written several books, giving his very strong opinion on American culture, or lack thereof, and how we, as this great society are falling into a downward spiral, controlled by a government that is out to do us more harm than good. My political spectrum has changed so many times over the course of my soon-to-be 21-year-old life; when I first got interested in politics I considered myself a conservative, but over time, drifted towards liberal, where I partially sit now, though I am finding myself bordering on moderate and have not and will not ever align myself with a particular party. Not to lay down the foundation for my beliefs here, as coverage for a movie is not the place to do it, let me say (and I probably speak for the majority) that I am disgusted with both parties in this country, and every person associated with them, who seem to be more interested in their own egos and playing games with each other [and our money] than actually trying to benefit the people that vote for them once they take office.
Here is our biggest photo update yet, fresh from the set of Copperhead. We now have our first up-close look at some of the actors/actresses as well some of the crew-members. These were taken by their wonderful still-photographer, and I must say, they are outstanding shots! Enjoy! (Please click for a higher resolution; I tried posting them with a larger size but it would slow down your page loading time.)
Screenwriter Bill Kauffman:
When the producers of Copperhead signed Josh Cruddas, they probably did not realize they were getting someone with so many talents. A 21-year-old up-and-coming actor of many different mediums like theater, radio, television, and film, as well as writing music, the Canadian-born Cruddas now finds himself involved in the biggest project of his young career, fresh off a performance in the critically acclaimed Discovery Channel production Titanic: The Aftermath. For his latest venture, in Ron Maxwell’s Civil War epic, he plays the character of Jimmy, through which the story is told. I had the pleasure of speaking to Josh about his filming experiences so far, and he elaborated on his role, acting method, and much more in our interview below!
For all those eager for some early behind-the-scenes shots, below is a short video hosted by Bill Kauffman, who wrote the screenplay for Copperhead, who talks a little bit about the story (and emphasizes the point that this is a Civil War story unlike any other ever put to celluloid), as well as shows off some of the absolutely stunning scenery of Kings Landing, where filming began on Wednesday. If anyone had any doubts about the location not being right, they will all be nixed with a quick viewing of this. There is also a brief interview with one of the supporting cast members, Josh Cruddas, who has appeared in multiple Canadian short films and TV shows, as well as having been a theater actor in Halifax for several years. Enjoy!
Just to wet everyone’s appetites just a little bit more! We have all seen various snippets and brief synopses of what Copperhead is about, but below is the full one, which can be found on the film’s official website. As we begin to really follow this film, because production began today, now would be a good time to check it out. In the next few days, I’ll be posting my thoughts on the casting selections of Jason Patric, who will star as Abner Beech, as well as Angus Macfadyen. It should be a lot of fun! Hop on and enjoy the ride!
Perhaps the greatest feature of using WordPress as a blog is the one they have called the “Dashboard”, where bloggers can keep track of all these neat statistics pertaining to the articles they have written, such as how many reads a certain one gets on a given day, and now, what country people are clicking from. But the best of these, in my opinion, are two called “Referrers” and “Search Engine Terms”. The first of these allows me to see if a person found my site from clicking on a link that was posted on another website, or even sent in an email to someone else. Relax, this is not Big Brother watching—I cannot see your email or any specific information whatsoever, it just tells me what service the person is using, I.E, today I had two referrers from Comcast or AOL, something along those lines. The second of the two features tells me what people typed into any search engine to find my this blog. While FNYTSF is free and I do not make any money off of it, it is nevertheless fascinating, and definitely gives some insight into the business and marketing world of what the director of Copperhead calls the “blogosphere”. Why am I telling you this, you are wondering? Well, because the last few months have shown me that the interest is definitely there for Ron Maxwell’s upcoming film about the Civil War.
Having already written about the basic info surrounding Ron Maxwell’s next production, titled, Copperhead, I thought I would create a new column that would follow the progress of the production that is currently slated to begin in May. Let’s just call it “The Copperhead Chronicles” for now, which will bring you the latest information about the film, that I hope will mirror my Gods and Generals coverage, though I can’t promise anything. This next post is a small one, as it was something that I found accidentally. There is apparently a casting call open for the film, which really is not major news in itself, but because I know a few experienced actors visit this blog on occasion, I thought I would share it any way. The information can be found on About Casting:
EDIT: Click here for the page on this blog devoted entirely to the film.
As if movie news for Civil War buffs could not get any better, we now have some sort of official word from director Ron Maxwell about his upcoming film Copperhead, which will also tackle the same era as his two previous films, Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, although in a completely different manner. Word had come out over the summer in regards to the project (personally, it slipped my mind to ask him about it during our interview at the G & G premiere), but now it appears finally to be coming to fruition. Ron recently conducted a fascinating interview with History Net, and spoke about the film at the end: