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