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Harvey Lowry2.jpgThe director of Union Bound, Harvey Lowry, is an active man who's years of work in the film industry betray his youthful appearance. I found that we share a common love for the outdoors and backpacking. Harvey revealed to me he was planning an ascent of Mt. McKinley. Being at home in the outdoors must have come in handy during the making of this movie as only one day was spent on a soundstage. The rest were outside, mostly around Stagville Plantation in the heat of the North Carolina summer with the ticks, flies, and other wildlife.

It was even worse for the actors as they had on layered wool and cotton clothing. At least one crew member had to go to the hospital after collapsing on set.

That's the price you pay when you have a good story to tell. Union Bound is one of them.  The movie got its start from diaries kept by Joseph Hoover during the Civil War. Pam Jay, a descendant of Joseph approached Michael Davis, the producer of Union Bound, with the diaries. Her husband Bill had painstakingly transcribed them so they could easily be read. After looking over them Michael knew this was a story he wanted to tell so he contacted John Errington to write the screenplay and Harvey to direct. The rest, as they say, is history.

I wanted to know more about how Harvey got involved. Here is what told me. "When considering a film to direct, I consider a number of things. First, everything starts with a good script. When I read the Union Bound script, I was really impressed with the story, the characters, the dialogue and the fact that it was all a true story. John did a wonderful job in writing the script.

The second thing to consider is the team. When I was first introduced to Michael, the producer, we hit it off pretty well. He's a great guy who was passionate about the project and I felt it in his pitch. It was an easy decision to collaborate with him.

Other points to consider include: Is this a film I would want to see? Is this a project I would be proud of? Is this a film in line with my moral beliefs? There are a multitude of things to consider, and I was very excited that Union Bound was an easy decision across the board."

Union Bound
 opens nationwide in theaters today, April 22nd. Click here to find a theater near you.

There is also a novel, Union Bound, written by William R. Walters and Michael Davis based on the story in the movie. 

A forthcoming Union Bound Tour will feature a screening of the movie, musical entertainment by: Colin Raye, Highway 101 lead singer Nikki Nelson, and the Steel Drum Corps. The host of the 15 city tour will be Tank Jones, one of the stars of Union Bound.  Also on display will be memorabilia from the Civil War along with Joseph Hoover's actual diary.

Barbie Dugan, Kara Williamson, Michael Davis, Harvey Lowry, and Kathy Butler Sandvoss

Below is a conversation I had with the cast and crew members about the movie.

We will start the coversation off with the Director, Harvey Lowry.  First I wanted to know how he worked his way up the ladder in filmmaking.

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Harvey Lowry  I initially started in the special effects business as an assistant for a very large FX company and quickly worked my way up to Director of Operations for that company.  Ultimately I became the owner of the company and expanded it into a multinational production company and began producing films, as well as servicing FX needs for other peoples films.

I had decided early on to direct my own films, but waited until the right time to make that transition. Once I decided it was time, I sold my studios and made the change. My first directorial debut was a lower budget thriller, titled Cassidy Way, that was well received. Randy Wayne, who plays Thomas in Union Bound was one of my leads in that film.

I've always had the drive to create, so the desire to direct has always been there. I wanted to make sure I was ready before taking that leap. I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of the best over the years and learn from them, ask questions, and see how they construct scenes and tell a story. Conversely, I've also seen films go wrong and learned from those also. By having the well rounded experience from working in various departments on films and with a wide variety of teams and mentors, I felt I was ready to direct.

On the topic of Union Bound.

Harvey Lowry  My primary job was to wear funny hats and try not to get eaten by ticks.

Michael Davis  And he did a  good job at both!  (laughs)

Tell me more about the conditions you filmed under? Ticks suggests the forest and warm weather.

Harvey Lowry  Haha!. We filmed this entire movie on location just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina near a town called Butner. We only did one day on a stage. We were literally in the elements, many times having to plan shots and scenes between rainstorms and having to avoid the wildlife. The crew and cast were amazing to work with and never complained once. We all knew we were doing something important.

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Laura Canuette-Hanes  I was part of the living historian crew that filled out the backdrop of the film. Filming was hot especially in the wool uniforms the guys wore and the fancy hoop dresses the women wore. There were the aforementioned ticks as well as chiggers!

The fun part for me was watching the cast learning what we do and the challenges we face while bringing the past to future generations.

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Richard Hanes  I spent 12 days filming as both a civilian and military extra on the movie. I was on the set in Edenton, North Carolina, "New Bern", was on set during the very long day in Raleigh on the sound stage to film the box car and green screen for the CGI steam ship, as well as many days at the site off Jolly Road at Stagville Plantation. It was brutally hot and humid during filming. I was on the set when Mr Journey, the First Assistant Director collapsed from heat and EMS took him to Durham Regional Hospital. The very next day after taking part in several scenes including one in which I and another military re-enactor ran full speed in full gear  multiple times for a scene I collapsed with heat exhaustion was was also taken by EMS to the same hospital. Mr Journey came over to check on me as I was being taken off the set to make certain I was okay. The cast and crew were amazing folks to work with. We looked out for and took care of each other--including making certain everyone had plenty of cold beverages and lots of "Off!" to keep the ticks away.


Michael Davis  Yes Gary was a huge help to the film with props ... he does hospital scenes ... He plays the doctor in the film as well..  Big shout out to Gary for all his help!

Laura Canuette-Hanes  It was a great time. I really loved how the actors really took on the challenge of living the life as they did 150 years ago. They wore period correct uniforms and shoes even down to the hobnails which did prove difficult once during the soundstage shooting. Let's just say that hobnails and horseshoes don't necessarily walk well on linoleum and tile! (laughs)

Richard Hanes  Mr Journey, the first Asisstant Director, made everyone's day when he provided a huge make your own ice cream sundae bar that afternoon while filming in Raleigh. It was a very long day and the ice cream was a huge morale booster. Later evening a mobile coffee bar was brought to the set to provide everyone a little extra energy to finish that long day--we reported at 8:30 am and the last of us left around 11:30 pm.

I guess making movies is not always glamorous, is it?

Laura Canuette-Hanes  Oh but it's so interesting! Especially when working with such great talent crew and cast! We all felt so special to be part of this great story. We work so hard to make sure that when we do living histories that the people coming to the events learn something and I think that the people coming to see this movie will learn so much about how these real people lived and how the division in our country was forgotten during a small point in time. It is such a moving story and so important to remember especially during the issues facing us in the US today. I'm so proud to be even a small part of this production.

Richard Hanes  Not always glamorous , but we had a lot of fun. It was amazing being on set and watching the movie being made and then seeing the finished film on the big screen at the premier. The directors, actors, and crew did amazing work. During filming for many of the scenes I thought how in the world will this look real and then was stunned at the power of "movie magic" when I saw the same scenes on the big screen.

I assume it's like climbing a mountain. Not always fun but the experience is so rewarding. 

Harvey Lowry  (laughs) Climbing a mountain and making a movie can both be challenging at times. But honestly this film was a pleasure to direct. The hardest part of making this film was the only thing we couldn't control: The weather. There were a couple of days when we had to shut down because of rain and lightning. And when it wasn't raining, it was very hot and humid. We had a relatively small crew, but you wouldn't have known it. They all went above and beyond to make this film. From the PA's to the producing team, everyone was stellar.

Richard Hanes  Exactly. Like the after noon on set at Stagville where will spent the day filming the heroes escape back into the Union lines at New Bern near the end of the movie and then at the very end of the day we filmed the opening scene of the movie where the heroes were captured at the beginning of the film.

Richard Hanes  Duane Journey was the best. He told us he began in the business by handing out bottles of water on a movie set and ended up working with James Cameron on Titanic and other major films.

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Pam Jay  I have to chime in here. The diaries came down through my family. I kept a journal of the experience of shooting the film and being on set, such an awesome experience for Bill and me. I started with thoughts about the first night that we met everyone. This is from my journal: Met so many nice people at the kickoff meet and greet last night, and really enjoyed everyone's interest in seeing the diary and taking pictures of it. Several made great speeches. We met some of the actors and many in the crew. Met Michael's wife, Wendy and his two little children. Met Harvey, Duane, Randy, Tank, Matthew, Dave, Benson, Kara, Barbara, Darlene, and many others. They are all so friendly and thankful to be a part of this. They rant and rave about what a great story this is. It was good to see John Errington again. It will be fun to see the diaries and John's script come to life! I exchanged glances with Sean Stone, but didn't see him until just before we left. I asked Jess who he was when we got in the car. He is so tall! Well, we have a tall Joseph instead of his real life size, but I'm sure this will add even more to the strength of Joseph Hoover's character in the movie. Hope to meet Sean today and thank him for portraying the person from whence this whole thing came. I did have a chance to thank Tank and tell him that he is our true hero (in the story).

How did the movie turned out?

Pam Jay  Way beyond my wildest dreams! I have seen it 6 times now and can't wait to see it again. Really!

Laura Canuette-Hanes  My two cents worth.... It was wonderful! And I'm sure Tank is tired of hearing me say it, but his portrayal of Jim was so moving. He deserves Oscar recognition for his portrayal!

How did this process get started? You had the diaries, then what?

Pam Jay  I knew Michael because I had a business in downtown Wake Forest and he had just finished filming Destiny Road there. I had confidence in him as a producer from seeing him and his crew work. So Bill and I took the diaries and transcripts to him and asked him if he could do anything with them.

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Kara Williamson  I was honored to be part of this feature film! When Mike first approached me about Co-Producing and Production Designing I knew right away it was a YES. This project speaks volumes about history, compassion and belief. It transcends the time between the civil War and modern day bringing awareness to today's society. As a Production Designer I was excited for the challenge of making a period piece on a small indie budget. The creativity from our ART dept was outstanding. The weather was a challenge as the other posts stated but having a great crew and those quick thinking adaptability changes made things work. Sheila Gould, our MEDIC on UB, had many challenges with outdoor creatures. Tank's role as Jim will leave viewers speechless. He showed an amazing transformation from Tank Jones to Jim Young daily during shooting. Sean Stone was exactly what the Joseph role needed. He had the look and feel that Mike and Harvey both knew would be perfect for the fit.  Randy Wayne is hilarious as a person and it came through during his role of the character Tom. His character needed some witty and upbeat moments and Randy NAILED them. The combination of the actors and the emotions behind a true story line really gave the production a much higher value. I believed in this project from day 1 and knew that no matter how difficult or challenging the shoot may seem at that exact time it was going to be well worth it in the long run. I am very PROUD of this crew and the cast that made this dream a reality for Pam and her family.

Sherry tell me how you and Gary got involved in the production of Union Bound.

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Sherry Morris  My husband Gary and I are one of the executive producers of Union Bound.  Michael Davis, Byron Jones and I are partners in a company together. Michael and Byron approached us about this project that they were passionate about. This true epic film brings forth hope and a story well worth producing. 

I was only on set a couple of days. The time that I was there, it was an incredible experience! 
Wonderful director! The cast and crew work long tireless hours into the night  to make the film a success!  There were some that had heatstroke! It was hot and humid!!! Tough on an Alaskan girl! 
I was a nurse in the film that lead a soldier to the Lord on his dying bed.

A big thank you to Michael Davis for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a great historical film. 
God bless to all who were part! Praying blessings and God's favor upon it!

Pam Jay  God has already blessed the movie by bringing us Sherry to play the nurse (Than you Sherry) and by Michael getting it into the International Christian Film Festival in Orlando on April 28th, I think is the date. Praying for more blessings this weekend with a limited countrywide release!


Harvey, When you are asked to do a film and you accept. What's the first order of business after that? What's the first thing in your mind that you need to take care of?

Harvey Lowry  When first asked and accepted, there was a lot of things that had to happen, but primarily casting. The role of Joseph was quickly decided upon, but we had to cast all of the others. Both Randy and Tank were friends and actors I had worked with before. When we offered them the roles it was a very fast yes for both.

When I came out to North Carolina, it was a flurry of activity going through Props, Wardrobe, Makeup and Hairstyles, and picking locations. We had the entire Stagville plantation to film on, but needed to 'construct the geography' for the film, so it didn't appear we were in one area. We also had to travel to Edenton to figure out exactly where we were filming for the ending sequence of the movie.There was a lot that had to happen in a short 6 weeks!

What was the time gap between to accepting the movie and appearing in North Carolina to prepare and shoot?

Harvey Lowry  There was about a three or four week gap. I had just finished directing another film and had some post items to finish on that one while doing what I could on Union Bound from California.

Pam Jay  I was filmed in front of the green screen on the only day we were inside. I'm on the boat, so I'm told. (laughs)

So Pam had a role too?

Laura Canuette-Hanes  She was filmed on the green screen to be used as a potential passenger on the cgi steamboat. And she looked beautiful! We got her dressed out and on the set!

Pam Jay  I couldn't have done the dress without you, Laura. I can't believe what the women had to go through.

Laura, Tell us a little about you background in history?

Laura Canuette-Hanes  I'm originally from England and studied in Germany as well. So I love all things old! I think that those that don't learn from our shared history are losing so much. When most people think about the civil war they think mostly about the battles. It's important to know what happened behind the scenes. I like to focus mostly on the roles of women. They didn't just stay at home and pine for their men. They fought along side their men. They were enlisted as spies smugglers and even terrorists. We were a country at war with itself and every wile was used! I love to learn about things like this.

Who among the actors and crew were recruited from the Carolinas or the Southeast?

Richard Hanes  I and many of the military and civilian re-enactors who worked as extras on the film are from North Carolina.

Harvey Lowry  A majority of the actors were from the area. Only a handful were cast from other locations

Richard Hanes  I was doing civilian and military re-enacting about 10 years before the film.

So you brought a wealth of knowledge to the set about the Civil War.

Richard Hanes  Yes. The crew relied on the re-enactors knowledge to ensure the film was accurate. My father was career Army and I took a lot of history courses in college. I have ancestors who fought in the civil war. History has always been a great interest of mine.

Tank, I've heard praises of your acting ability as the hero of the story. Tell me about that role.

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Tank Jones  Well, to start out with, I play the role of Jim Young.  Jim is a slave on one of the plantations that Joseph and Tom "stumble upon" while trying to make their way back up north. Jim has a key role on the plantation that he lives on.  He is now a "trusted" member at the plantation. He is still a slave, but he has duties that also extend to overseeing the other slaves also. Jim sees the world as a slave, with true hopes of being free someday. He believes in doing the right thing and has a strong sense of pride about himself.

Taking on the project of Union Bound, I learned of Joseph Hoover's story.  I had never known that white soldiers attempted to use the Underground Railroad and the help of slaves to try to get back north. 

Yes, the Civil War was a dark time in our country's history.  Yet, the war provided numerous stories of heroism and sacrifice. 

Harvey brought me on board.  I've known Harvey for years and he is like family to me.  I was frustrated that I had "lost my way" as an actor.  I was doing everything except what I really wanted to do (act).  I expressed this to Harvey and he surprised me with the Union Bound script.  He had not told me that there would be a role in the film.  He just asked me to read the script.  
I loved the script and I gave him notes on the two characters, Simon and Jim.  Originally, the role of Jim was supposed to go to an actor from the tv series, The Walking Dead.  But, when Harvey saw my notes and after we discussed the film a bit more, he asked me to play the role of Jim.  Without having me audition, Harvey told me that he believed in my talent and knew that I could pull off the complex emotions that Jim would have to show.  I was so incredibly humbled and honored, that I made it my mission to give the best performance that I possibly could for the project. Thanks for the opportunity, Harvey!

I saw ticks and chiggers mentioned in this thread. (laughs) Well, I have to give a special shout out to Sheila Gould.  She covered me in "DEET", (laughs again)  I think I only got one mosquito bite on the whole shoot!  There were times when they were swirling all around me, but they didn't get me.  Although, my bath water "glowed" for weeks. (laughs)

I enjoyed working with everyone on set; I truly mean that.  The cast, the crew, the extras, the re-enactors, production, Bill and Pam!...it was a great team to be around.  I have built lasting relationships from this project.

And, to answer your question about the "accent," Dan...I spoke to several people that I knew from the area.  I also watched a few Civil War documentaries, a few films on the period and pulled up a few articles specifically about that subject. I practiced it (accent) for a long while, until I felt that I could deliver it comfortably and on command.  If I couldn't, I wasn't going to do it.

Thanks Tank. Wonderful story. Glad Harvey got you involved. Sounds like Sheila was taking care of you. Or maybe she sprayed everyone down with DEET. You do what you have to. 

Gary, tell me about your work on the film.

Gary A Balser  I worked as Unit Publicist to send Press Releases out to Media channels in both local and national outlets. I coordinated on set interviews with Michael Davis, Harvey, and the featured actors. We did get local TV to come on to the set for interviews. Articles ran in publications  from Durham to Seattle.

What is your background as a publicist?

Gary A Balser  I produced all publicity and marketing for one of the largest Christian concert promoters in America, and was in Marketing and PR for one of the largest Transit Authorities in the Midwest. I happened to be moving to the area, and talked to Michael about the upcoming project.


Tish how were you involved in the movie?

Tish Lory  I wish I was involved! I'm just a great great great granddaughter to Hoover. Bill and Pam are the sweetest to include me. It's exciting that my relative has a movie written based on his journals. And even more exciting that Bill and Pam have taken this journey to produce a movie and a book. You guys are the best!

Richard Hanes  Tish, your great-great-great grandfather was an amazing man. You do him proud by helping to keep his memory alive for future generations.

Pam Jay  Thank you Tish. It was definitely stepping onto unfamiliar territory for us, kind of like Joseph, Tom and Robert jumping out of the back door of the hospital, but the journey has been so exciting. Once we dropped the transcripts off to Michael at Uptone Pictures, we had a guide and mentor, and he took over from there.

Richard, There was a lot of tension back in those times, between the north and south. I live near the sites of the last two Confederate Cabinet meetings near Nations Ford along the Great Wagon Road that went from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

Richard Hanes  The Civil War was also know as The Brothers' War because not only did the war divide the nation, but it also divided many families.

That's right. It must have been inconceivable to have to choose between family and country.
Is that covered in the movie?

Harvey, Tank, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Tank Jones  (laughs) What spare time!

Harvey Lowry  Haha!

Come on. It's not all work an no play is it?

Tank Jones  The biggest thing for me, when I'm not filming or traveling or promoting or working out...I enjoy spending time with my kids as much as possible. Kids grow up so fast! So, I want to try and enjoy every stage of growth that I can.

Also, I am a currency trader.  I just got my black belt in Chang Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do; and I speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.  I've been practicing Mandarin for a couple of years.  My goal is to be fluent by the end of the year. 

Harvey Lowry  I am a bit of an outdoorsman, yes. I do a lot of sports that my wife wishes I wouldn't: sky diving, big wall rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering.... I do love it, but lately it's hard to find the time.

Tank Jones  My daughters are also martial artists.  As a dad, it was important for me to make sure that my daughters can defend themselves.  I don't make them do much that they may not want to do.  But, I told them both that they must take self defense at least until they move out of my house! (laughs)  Now, they both are also black belts and have begun teaching other youth.

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Tank Jones with Ahlayla and Milayna Jones

How early did you get them interested in martial arts?

Tank Jones  4 years old. My son will be 4 in a couple of weeks and he's already taking classes at 3!

That's a great learning experience in more ways than one.

Darlene what did you contribute to making this movie? Who was responsible for the great costumes?

Darlene Vick  Great experience Love the story  the cast and crew! I was in charge of hair and my daughter did a lot of the extras for make up and some of the hair . It was our first movie set and it was great to experience that with her.

Kathy Butler Sandvoss  Thank goodness for our hair and makeup and wardrobe team!   I spent many hours in Darlene's chair getting my hair in a lovely up do.

Laura Canuette-Hanes  The extras supplied their own wardrobe.  Some of us also loaned wardrobe to the set. There were also some outfits made especially for the production.

Pam Jay  I would like to answer to the hair department from an outsider's point of view. I learned that  Darlene had to take a picture of the actor's hair and make sure that it was the same in the next take. How many times do you notice in a movie that an actor's hair changed from one frame to another? The attention to detail on this movie amazed me. And I know that is just a tiny part of the whole picture.

Kara Williamson  The Costume and Hair/Makeup departments had the challenges since the budget was small. They had to work under odds to pull of such stunning looks and were accurate in the time.

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Laura Canuette-Hanes and Pam Jay

Craig, Will you tell us how you prepared to do the score for the movie?
What were you looking for?

Craig Brandwynne  The music was a very cool collaboration between Dane , Cactus and myself
We created a lot of different dynamics and plots of view from the characters. We wanted to continue the story with the music .

Alex Boydster Boyd  The art department was short in budget but used the resources we had to get the job done. Our days were long and it was hot but we never gave up

Pam Jay  The music and coloration filled out the movie so much from the first time I viewed it to the next. Craig, Dane and Cactus added so much to the mood and emotion of it.

Just saying from someone who has watched the making of this movie, it's amazing to me how much each facet can add to the experience to the viewer. Everyone who worked on Union Bound has added another layer that gives value to the whole experience.

It was mentioned that the Civil War was a conflict that divided families. Do you know if this was the case with your ancestor families?

Pam Jay  Joseph Hoover lived in upstate New York, Herkimer County, Utica area. He had no family in the Southern states that I am aware of. The family is scattered all over now, of course. I have lived in North Carolina and South Carolina for 22 years, but I'll always be a Yankee. It was strange being called a Yankee when I moved to the South.

Never heard anybody calling anyone a Yankee, but have heard some say "those people from up north." 

Pam Jay never heard it either. Are you one?
Before I moved to the South.

I am from the South. I can only imagine what you called us. 

Pam Jay  Bill, grew up in South Carolina. He says everyone he knew called northerners "Yankees".
I always wanted to be a Southern Bell.

There were never any derogatory names for Southerners in my experiences in the north. Well, maybe we did think "they" were dumber. Did I just say that? How did we get off on this strain? Was it moi?

Let's not start another Civil War! No, I think it's funny. 
I was in downtown Manhattan one morning for breakfast at the counter of a small restaurant. The waiter attending me was laughing at my Southern accent. I got very agitated at him because there were people of different nations at the counter with all kinds of accents and he was laughing at me! I told him that. (laughs)

Pam Jay  That WOULD BE funny. New Yorker's are used to all different dialects except Southern. Totally funny! Maybe they, NY'ers, need to travel out of their state. I love the South! Feel so much more akin to it.

I'm sure that Joseph felt like he was in a different country. He probably had never even seen a slave or a Southerner.

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Bill Jay  I was at the Jersey Shore many years ago and got a kick of the locals wanting me to " say something " in my South Carolina accent. A fun time with fun people!

Bill, tell me the relationship between you and Pam.

Bill Jay  She's my bride of 37 years! Her dad left me the diaries of Joseph Hoover some 20 years ago and I started the transcript process. Before he passed away he told me " here are the books, I believe you'll do something with them" I believe I Did!

You done him proud! The lineage goes back to Joseph how?

Pam Jay  Through me. Joseph passed the diaries to his only grandson, Joseph Reynolds, (Hoover had 6 granddaughters too) who passed them to my dad. My dad, Robert Forster, who Michael put in the credits, gave them to Bill before he died. Whenever My dad talked to Bill about them he would see Bill's eyes light up. Bill loves anything to do with Civil War history.

What a treasure. I bet there has been many a late night discussion about those books by the family members over the years past. So Bill, you were the first to transcribe the diaries?

Pam Jay  For sure! Sent from above. And here it is, a movie:

Bill Jay  Pam's dad started only a few pages and I took it from there. Spent many a night trying to read the small script in small journals. Written in pencils under some very difficult situations!

Was it a coincidence that you found Michael, or  did you have in mind shopping it as a movie?

Pam Jay  No shopping. Michael was the first producer that we took the transcripts to and there was no need to go further.

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There is a novel! It can be pre-ordered through the website unionboundthemovie.com.

I see. The book tour involves the novel. Did the novel come before the movie?

Pam Jay  Movie first

Who wrote the novel?

Pam Jay  Novel came mostly from the movie script. Novel writers are William R. Walters and Michael Davis.

Nicole you play a house servant. What can you tell me about that character?

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Nicole Burgess  My character was a slave so she was meant work and have no real sense of humanity. She tended the garden and helped in the house. It seemed like life during that time was hard for a slave, especially hard to relate to a world that considers you less than human. My friend Nina was helping with production and asked if I could come to set as an extra slave girl and I ended up in a few scenes, one with Sean Stone's character, Joseph Hoover.

 I'm from Raleigh, but New Jersey originally. I just moved to Atlanta in March of this year.

Tye, you play the part of Charlie. What is he like?

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Tye Banks  Charlie is a superstitious slave who was told that the Yankees are demons. So when Joseph and Thomas come to their home, he doesn't trust them and tries to convince his family not to trust them as well. I got involved in the project through my agent Talent One, based out of Raleigh.

Are you from North Carolina?

Tye Banks  Yes Raleigh.

Jack, as editor I'd like to know a little about how you work. I know nowadays that editing starts occurring almost from the moment it's captured by the camera. Is that the way you work?

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Jack Eagen  Almost. I was not with Uptone Pictures the day they finished shooting. Mike contacted me through a mutual friend and hired me right away. I moved within four days of meeting Mike and have been with the company since. Editing was pretty normal as features go, but some of the most abnormal aspect involved the fact that it was a historic piece. We really only utilized digital FX for maintaining historic accuracy. The creation of the boat, the painting out of things like telephone poles and so forth. 

Breakiron Animation did a great job with the boat at the end. We added the gunshots and ricochet all in post. But things got really interesting when we started in on color. Most historic films go for a sepia tone or desaturation... but Harvey and Mike both wanted to go a different way. We combined a theme of music and color, so that while prisoners of War the color is less vibrant and the music is orchestrated, but once the enter into the wilderness the color brightens and the music is more organic. Mainly banjo and mandolin, we wanted people to get a feel for what it was like for these two union soldiers to be in the Southern wilderness. The bright green, the unforgiving heat, the feeling of being trapped and lost at the same time. 

Michael Davis  Well said Jack.

Jack Eagen  Thanks. Each film is a unique experience.


Kathy Butler Sandvoss  I love you guys! 

Release April 22nd Nationwide

Book release May 2nd

Music and movie tour begins May 11th in Nashville

Photo Credit for On Set Photography: Lauren Byers


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