Mr. Scherstuhl, I made Saving Lincoln within authentic photographs of the American Civil War. By combining elements of theater and cinema, we depict Commander-in-Chief Lincoln leading the nation through the entire war.
Saving Lincoln is the first feature film to do so since D.W Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930), and we did it from the perspective of Lincoln's closest friend in Washington, as well as his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon.
We captured the actors’ performances on a green screen stage and composited them into three-dimensional environments created from vintage, glass-plate negatives from the Library of Congress. We matched camera angles with the work of pioneering photographers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner.
We purposely mixed black & white environments with color live-action, as well as a theatrical acting style, in order to create a film that is consistent with Ward Hill Lamon’s memory piece about Lincoln, and his own bold tone in his memoir, Recollections of Abraham Lincoln.
It’s a unique film experience – one which invites the audience to bring their own memories, intelligence and emotions to bear on the cinematic moment. People are returning again and again because they relish this opportunity. We've received positive reviews from senior critics Michael Medved, Jeffrey Lyons, and Kirk Honeycutt, as well as Film Forward, Film Journal International, American History Magazine and noted Lincoln expert Harold Holzer.
I invite your readers to judge for themselves. We are currently on iTunes and Tugg and will soon appear on Amazon.