Mosby DVD in Production!
Part XII

Since May 2009, a small group, perhaps like Mosby’s original command, has worked diligently to complete a film worthy of documenting the Gray Ghost’s operations in Fairfax County.  This work is now complete.

The final steps included exhaustive reviews of the documentary, examining the sights and sounds of each of 42 operations.  Minor adjustments were made here and there for the sound effects, and editing was performed to adjust the pacing of the dialogue.  Parts of the narration were re-recorded to make them just right.  The levels of the soundtrack were adjusted to have it blend in just underneath the dialogue.

In the end, we have sent the documentary off to Disc Makers in New Jersey to have copies made.  This involved sending the master DVD and artwork.  Artwork was sent for the DVD cover and for the disc itself.   A map listing the names, dates and locations of each operation in Fairfax County will be included.

We had the option to design the opening menu which will be shown when the DVD is inserted into a DVD player.  We added five locations on the DVD to start playing the documentary besides the beginning.  This was one of the easiest decisions to make.  The five are 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864 and 1865.

As the Director I have to say I am extremely grateful to everyone for their participation on this film.  Tom Evans originally said “we need to film the locations of Mosby’s operations in Fairfax County before they are gone.”  Don Hakenson came up with the list of operations and was the brave soul who was the first to be filmed when we were just figuring out what we were doing.  Stevan Meserve was the one who questioned us about many details to keep us honest and brought his prior film expertise to the project.  Eric Buckland stepped in when Gregg Dudding was unable to work on the project, and being a member the Mosby Players, brought us his considerable talent.  And we just couldn’t have done this without asking then 94 year old Mayo Stuntz to do two segments, one we chose to close the film.

I also have to add a special thanks to Amber Healy, a reporter who came to interview us while we were recording the narration for the film, and ended up drawing on her high school theatrical experience to provide the female narration for the documentary.  It is so great to hear a female voice as she provides the narration for the women in the documentary. 

Steve Wolfsberger created all our wonderful graphics.  And he did them over and over until we finally stopped sending him changes.  David Rubenstein composed a soundtrack where the music beautifully underscores the operations.  Bert Morgan, in addition to doing all the filming and editing, lent his considerable experience in providing guidance and how to this and how to do that.  He also provided the opening and closing narration.

Steve Sherman, our “business partner” producer, provided his experience on the business side of things as well as contributing to the documentary itself.  Although I have yet to meet them, my thanks go to Winifred Hyson, Ramona Matthews and Lois Jones who allowed us to use their musical performance of five Civil War songs as part of the soundtrack giving us a very period feeling.

Another big thanks goes out to Hugh Keen and Horace Mewborn, co-authors of the “43rd Battalion,

Virginia Cavalry – Mosby’s Command,” who sent us their endorsement after viewing a rough cut.  John Paul Strain allowed us to use his painting "Rose Hill Raid" on the cover of the DVD.

Thanks to Nancy Anywell for showing us the location on Bone Mill.  Jimmy Cirrito of Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon provided us with catering for our private premiere.  That brings us to the public premiere that we hope will be in May at the Cinema Arts in Fairfax City which is the final planning we will have to do.

Finally, thanks to everyone who contributed to the film’s cost, and for everyone for following along with us on our journey.  We hope to let everyone see what I’ve been writing about very soon.