Actor from Newburyport, MA will be part of WWI memorial
By Jim Sullivan
via The Daily News of Newburyport (MA) newspaper web site
NEWBURYPORT — A city native has found himself at the center of a living history of World War I.
The United States World War I Centennial Commission has been working to produce projects and activities commemorating the Great War’s centennial anniversary ever since it was created by an act of Congress in 2013.
Sculptor Sabin Howard has been commissioned to create Washington, D.C.’s first WWI memorial and has been using a first-of-its-kind, 160-camera “photogrammetry” rig to do so.
Howard has been working along with roughly 35 actors who are portraying Word War I soldiers for the project and Newburyport native Paul Emile Cendron is one of those Doughboys.
“The World War I Commission chose (Howard’s) design which was something that I modeled for along with some other actors,” Cendron said. “We would go to his studio and put on these World War I uniforms. We had guns or we had sticks which stood in for guns.
"Sabin would take around 1,000 pictures with his iPhone and he would send them to someone who did Photoshop.”
Cendron said he has spent much of the past four years working with Sabin and his fellow actors to portray the story of a soldier’s journey through World War I as he leaves his family for the battlefront, his battles and eventual return home.
“I’m not sure you can say I was playing any one particular character but I’m playing a soldier’s journey,” Cendron said. “It’s a soldier leaving and coming home and what happens in the middle as well.”
Cendron said his face and body have been used to create 10 different characters and he expects audiences to see his face “six or seven times.”
Read the entire article on the Daily News of Newburyport web site.
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