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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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker. Her movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe, aired on multiple television networks, and sold in stores and online outlets throughout English speaking countries. She's accumulated dozens of festival accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, numerous Best of Fest awards, and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. She's passionate about storytelling and loves entertaining and inspiring audiences with her filmmaking, writing, and speaking.

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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