And in this one he’s neither a vampire hunter nor an Oscar winner in heavy prosthetics.
It’s actor Tom Amandes in Saving Lincoln, the story of honest Abe’s life through the perspective of his friend and bodyguard, as filmed in CineCollage.
Here’s the release:
“Saving Lincoln, a new film directed and co-written by Salvador Litvak, will open in select cities around the country on February 15 (just three days after Lincoln’s birthday) at the Quad Cinemas in New York City, and in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
“Based on true events, Saving Lincoln tells the little-known story of our 16th President through the eyes of his longtime friend and law colleague, Ward Hill Lamon. Lamon, a Southerner, was a banjo-player, lawyer (he was Lincoln’s partner from 1852 to 1857), singer, and pistol-packing jokester who appointed himself Lincoln’s bodyguard after the first assassination attempt in 1861, and who foiled repeated attempts on the President’s life throughout their four years in Washington. Despite some pronounced differences between the two men, they shared a fondness for telling jokes and stories, and both felt slavery should be eliminated.
“Lamon often served as Lincoln’s private confidant, and kept him functioning during the darkest hours of the Civil War. Lincoln was never far from him save that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre when Lamon was sent by the President on a Reconstruction mission to Richmond.”
Ouch. Bad move. Anyway:
“This unique feature film was shot entirely on a single green screen stage and composited into vintage photographs of the Civil War era. As director Litvak says, ‘I borrowed techniques from painting, photography, animation, stereoscopy, and VFX compositing to create a style I call CineCollage. The vintage photos are not just backgrounds in Saving Lincoln, they are 3D environments that inform the story as much as house it. The soldiers in the hospital scene, the workers atop the unfinished Capitol dome, and the commuters in Union Station are all actual Americans who lived, fought, and sacrificed in the war Lincoln faced. CineCollage also allowed me to tell the whole Lincoln story, from its most intimate moments to its most epic.”
Anyone want to free some cash for one more Lincoln movie?