Making a Movie (Part II): Filming

Here begins part two in the three part saga “Making a Movie”.

It took quite some time of planning things out before we were able to get everyone together to start filming. Everyone was excited and most had already donned their movie costumes and were ready to start filming. After a quick prayer, we filmed the first scene.

I knew that this was going to be a huge project to work on and that in no way possible it was going to be an easy feat. And for sure it wasn’t, especially when we got to Scene II. This scene had a huge amount of dialogue in it, particular story-related dialogue that had to be related clearly to the audience, lest they be lost in confusion. It must have taken a half-hour to film that scene, but the end product was astounding.

Scene III was fairly straight forward, but Scene IV was another difficult scene. That was due largely in part, again, to the fact that there was a lot of important information that, if the audience didn’t receive, would cause the story to become disorganized and make the movie less pleasant for the audience to watch because they would have to, rather than enjoying the movie, strain to understand what in the world was going on. But that scene, after another half- hour of filming, went by very smoothly and also became a great addition to the film.

Perhaps the second most difficult scenes were the fighting scenes which were mostly at the end. For the most part we improvised the fights and just made sure we knew where we were going, but other times we had to plan every step out because the scene had to be that way. One scene that comes to mind was one where the protagonists attempted to retake their castle from the hands of the Goblins. First off, we didn’t have a castle, so we had to base the scene in our backyard, and second, we had to figure out how to make it look like the heroes were entering the courtyard of the castle. To top that off, we also had to involve some level of fighting in the scene as they endeavored to break into the courtyard through force-of-arms. This scene must have taken forty-five minutes to complete. I can recall probably doing two or three “fake-actions” as we called it when we weren’t actually filming before we really started getting some shots.

All and all, it was a wonderful experience. There were some occasional rough spots, but the filming process went so well we continual called it “movie magic”. I especially enjoyed working with all the great people who were willing to put both time and effort into this sizeable project. Not only are they motivated individuals, they’re also some of my very close friends. God bless and thanks for your willingness to work so hard on the movie, guys. Those are memories I’ll never forget.

In the next part I’ll be going over the “Post-Production” stage of the movie, which had to be the second most aggrivating part of the entire movie-making process. You’ll see why in Part III…

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