Milledgeville: Boys Will Be Boys
In this video I teamed up with Professor Bell and two other students to recreate the sacking of Milledgeville by the Union army in November, 1864. For this video we created a diorama of Milledgeville, found or created props, and story-boarded shots following the voice-over script. We then brought all the materials into the photography studio and began setting up the individual shots, capturing them and then breaking set to capture the next sequence. We used techniques such as tight shots of the figures, backlighting and shots from inside the “buildings” to not only create an atmosphere of looming danger but to also capture the perspective of the defenseless civilians as the Union army vandalized their town and homes.
We then brought the “set” outside to safely set it on fire and capture the scenes of the Union soldiers' spiteful arson. For the final shots of the video we brought the diorama back inside to further deface the razed town with all manner of dirt, colored corn syrup, and cornstarch to simulate the debris and ruin left in Sherman’s wake on his march to Savannah.
For this video, I also provided the narration voice-over.