Dakota Epic: Experiences of a Reenactor During the Filming of Dances with Wolves

Dakota Epic: Experiences of a Reenactor During the Filming of Dances with Wolves


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Kevin Costner's award-winning film, Dances With Wolves was first released in 1990. Dakota Epic is a first-hand account of the filming from and extra's viewpoint. Bill Markley, a reenactor on the set, kept a journal during the filming. "When I was selected to be in Dances With Wolves, I had no movie or reenacting experience, so everything was new to me." From a rookie's viewpoint, Bill takes us into the world of movie making and reenacting. Experience the filming of the opening Civil War scenes. Visit the "frontier" at Ft. Hays. And be with the Lakota and cavalry at the concluding "Search for Dunbar."

Dakota Epic is a rousing, humorous look behind the scenes of movie making. The illustrations were created by Jim Hatzell, a reenactor and artist, who drew a wide variety of sketches while on the set. Bill and Jim have worked together to develop a unique view of life on the Dances With Wolves film set. If you have ever wondered what the background people were doing and thinking during and between filming, then this is the book for you. You will never view the people in a film's background quite the same after reading this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595195213
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/08/2001
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 630,658
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Chapter 1Ruins1
Chapter 2Beginnings4
Chapter 3Civil War10
Chapter 4Between Times54
Chapter 5Frontier57
Chapter 6Between Times89
Chapter 7The Search For Dunbar91
Chapter 8Silver Screen129
Chapter 9That's A Wrap133
About the Author137
About the Illustrator139

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Dakota Epic: Experiences of a Reenactor During the Filming of Dances with Wolves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Bill Markley sheds light on many behind the scenes action that takes place in the filming of a major movie. His highly descriptive account of his days as a reenactor makes one feel as if one were actually on set. He also explains some of the tricks that were used to film the scenes, making them look highly authentic. He also explains a lot of the boredom from long hours on the set and what cast and crew do to entertain themselves while waiting for their call. Markley shares what it was like to meet and work with a famous actor, something most everyone dreams of but never gets the opportunity. The odds of a 'Dakota' boy being cast in a Hollywood epic were one in a million, so dream your dream with 'Dakota Epic!'