The Making of Rocket Boys/October Sky
The Making of
Rocket Boys / October Sky
As Seen Through the Eyes
of the Movie Extras
by Barbara Hilemon
Softbound (printed on glossy paper)
8.5 inches x 11 inches
Barbara Hilemon's book contains almost 300 color photographs taken during the filming of the movie October Sky. (Note: While the movie was being filmed, the working title of the movie was Rocket Boys. Before the movie was released, Universal changed the title to October Sky.)
The majority of the pictures are simply labeled with the names of the people in the picture. For example, "JAKE GYLLENHALL & Steve Gentry." (The credited members of the cast and crew are shown in capital letters.)
The table below gives you an approximate number of photographs in which certain people appear:
|William Lee Scott
In addition to candid shots of cast members, crew members and extras, there are some interesting photos of different things:
Several shots of the Greyhound bus used in the filming.
Two dozen pictures of the 1950s vehicles used in the filming.
Interesting photos of the coal miners (extras).
Interesting shots of the Coalwood Big Store interior set from the movie. (This was filmed in a building in downtown Oliver Springs, Tennessee.) [Read an interesting article by one of the men who created this set!]
Seven photographs of the exterior of the movie theater used in the movie. The theater was supposed to be in Indianapolis, Indiana, but it was really filmed in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Half a dozen shots of the train used in the movie.
The book also contains a text listing of the full cast and crew of the movie.
My only disappointment in the book is that it doesn't contain any text
narrative. I would love to have read some stories of what went on during the
filming, how the extras got selected, etc. I would also like to have seen a list
of the filming locations.
You may order the book directly from the
Please click here for an order form which you may print out and mail. (The form opens in Microsoft Word.) The cost of the book is $30.00 per copy and includes postage in the United States.
Below is an interesting article about Barbara's book from The Oak Ridger [newspaper] in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
In order to read the article, you have to complete a short registration form. The good news, however, is that it's free.
"Movie extra writes book about 'October Sky' experience"
April 14, 2000
Note: many of the telephone numbers in the article
are no longer valid numbers. The best way to order Barbara's
book is by mail:
Please click here for an order form which you may print out and mail.