After seven weeks of filming, we shot our final scenes on Sunday afternoon. It was bittersweet as we’ve enjoyed the many new friends we’ve made with this project as well as enjoyed working again with old friends in the industry. But filming takes its toil on the body and it’s good to complete the filming process and begin work on post-production as well as focusing more attention on marketing efforts.

The cast and crew for our final scene.
The cast and crew for our final scene.

Each filming weekend had its focus. This final weekend was all about Teen and Young Mitchell.

Friday we filmed all the scenes with Teen Mitchell (Josh Allen) alone. The majority of the scenes took place in Mitchell’s bedroom, a set we created in an empty commercial space. This was our first effort at creating a set and I must say we all enjoyed it. We had fun collecting furniture and props suitable for a teen boy’s room in the 80’s.

Mitchell in his room.
Mitchell in his room.
This was a fun shot through a glass window.
This was a fun shot through a glass window.

Saturday were the scenes with Young Mitchell (Chase Anderson). The Springfield Antique Barn was a beautiful location for Mitchell to purchase Rachel’s Bible.

Mitchell shops through the books to find one he can afford.
Mitchell shops through the books to find one he can afford.

The biggest scene of the day was where Mitchell is picked on by the bully boys (Alex Dozier, Tucker Meek, Hudson Meek) at the neighborhood park.

Child and teen actors in the playground scene.
Child and teen actors in the playground scene.

We also shot a scene where he cuts through Elmwood Cemetery then ended the day with Mitchell falling asleep on his front porch and awakened by his mom (Carol Anderson).

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Sunday, the final filming day, was when Teen Mitchell finds his calling as a preacher when he competes in a speech contest at the church. Springfield Baptist Church chapel was the perfect backdrop for the climactic scene.

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Written by Sharon Wilharm

I'm a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. I'm passionate about visual storytelling. I know firsthand that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a good movie, and you can tell a powerful story without ever saying a word. My desire with Faith Flix is to educate, inspire, and encourage my fellow filmmakers. I know that Christian filmmakers can make better movies, but it takes education and hard work. I'll help with the education and leave you to do the hard work.

3 comments

  1. Congratulations, Sharon, to you and your team. I love the church altar – the stained glass windows are a beautiful backdrop. The lighting in the scenes with young and teen Mitchell looks fantastic.
    Wishing you the very best of success,
    Susan :0)

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