By David Knopf/Richmond News
There are few surprises when Shane Seley, founder and director of Wide Awake Films, asks Ray County native Robbie Maupin to round up authentic movie extras.
“I’m always satisfied,” said Seley, who brought a 10-person film crew to Big River Ranch in Lexington Saturday to shoot a portion of “The Battle of Shiloh,” a documentary about the bloody Civil War battle. “Those guys have been working on our sets forever. We’ve been filming with Robbie Maupin and his guys since 2004, so there’s a lot of familiarity there.”
Maupin’s Midwest Performance Riders can perform as Civil War re-enactors one day and the Jesse James gang the next. On Saturday, the majority portrayed infantry – on both the Federal and Confederate sides as needed – but others, including Maupin, also served in a cavalry unit.
For “The Battle of Shiloh,” Maupin was assigned the role of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a wily Southern cavalry officer who revolutionized the hit-and-run tactics of a mounted force.