We’re at the halfway mark now. We’ve filmed all the Adult Rachel and Adult Mitchell scenes, a few Teen Rachel scenes and a few Young Rachel scenes. It’s been some pretty busy weekends made more complicated by the fact that I had a brilliant idea to tweak the script a bit and give it a new twist. Which is great, except it meant squeezing in extra scenes this past weekend. But we got it done, and they turned out great!
Day 5 consisted completely of Teen Rachel scenes at her home. We were all amazed when Teen Rachel actress Stacey Bradshaw arrived on set and she looked even more like Adult Rachel actress Juli Tapken then we’d realized. They even had many of the same mannerisms.
Friday, Day 6, was our most intense filming day yet. It consisted of all of the scenes with Adult Rachel and her mom Edith. Edith is without a doubt the most intense character in the movie. She is the only character who is played by the same actor throughout the movie. Which means that actress Irene Santiago plays a young mom in the 70’s for the Young Rachel scenes, 80’s mom in the Teen Rachel scenes, and elderly mom in the Adult Rachel scenes. Not only that, but in the later scenes, she plays a stroke victim.
We had no idea how it would work having one actress playing such a range but with Irene’s incredible talent enhanced by the makeup artistry of Jennifer Whitus, the transformation was completely believable.
After the intensely raw Rachel/Edith scenes it was nice have some fun date and wedding scenes in the afternoon.
Saturday, day 7 consisted of beautiful emotional scenes with Young Rachel (Emily Knapp) and Grandma Rose (Patricia Binkley).
After a full day of filming we relaxed by watching Flowers for Fannie with Irene and Rich. They especially enjoyed the scenes with the actors like Rob Wilds, Patricia Binkley, and Brittany Herd who are also in Providence.
The evening was topped off with texts from Jenn Gotzon letting us know that The Good Book won Most Uplifting Feature at International Christian Film Festival and Irene’s film Adrenaline won Best Director.
Although filming officially ended on Saturday, the fun continued on Sunday with Irene and Rich joining us for church then Rich performing his powerful one-man show at our church on Sunday night. Wow! What incredible talent as he transformed into numerous Biblical characters.
We concluded the fun filled evening by watching Adrenaline.
Just one day of filming this week then we take a short break to celebrate our daughter’s birthday and graduation from college as well as to attend the Aletheia Truth Awards Ceremony. When we return, we’ll be doing the teen scenes when Rachel and Mitchell first fall in love.