Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes Photo
Director Victor Fleming sits on the camera cradle preparing for one of the most famous crane shots in motion picture history. One of the most challenging scenes in the production was Scarlett’s search for Dr. Meade at the depot where hundreds of Confederate soldiers lay wounded or dead. The studio called for thirteen-hundred extras to report to the Atlanta Car Shed set, but the Screen Actors Guild could only provide 600 actors. Six-hundred dummies were constructed and a scenic painter added other soldiers after the film shoot. Selznick rented a 120-ton crane with a sixty-foot reach and one of the most famous crane shots in film history was completed in one take.
Photo by Wilbur Kurtz, historian and technical advisor for Gone With the Wind. For more, see Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind at the Atlanta History Center. On display July 2, 2014 - April 4, 2015.