For four days in June of 2017, our studio was overrun with lights, cameras, and crew, as we filmed our Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy live production. The film is now in the post-production stage.
I wish you could have witnessed the miracles of the film shoot, and the wonders that are being worked in the editing room. Watch the videos below to get a sense of how the film is coming together through green screen technology.
Here's a recap of what's happened so far:
The first step was creating a storyboard, which is like a comic book of the entire film, so that the cinematographer can visualize exactly what the director wants for each shot. A professional storyboard artist quickly drew what each shot should look like.
Next, the order of the scenes was re-arranged, so that the same locations, backgrounds and lighting could be filmed together. Actress Maria Vargo knows every scene so well – she's performed Faustina on stage 313 times! Even out of sequence, her performance was mesmerizing.
When the film crew arrived, we spent four 12-hour days in the studio. It was intense work. Some scenes were filmed on a green screen, so that different backgrounds could be created later in the computer. We filmed Saint Faustina's death scene last. In the darkened studio, surrounded by the whole crew, Maria spoke Faustina's final words in a whisper, "Poor Earth, I will not forget you. Trust in God's Mercy." We all felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in that moment.
Since then we've spent many hours editing the film, translating the intertwining stories of the Modern Woman and the Dying Man into Saint Faustina's miraculous life. We've edited it into a seamless story, and now we're replacing all the green screen backgrounds (watch the cool videos below!).
We need your help right now to fund the movie soundtrack, which is being composed and orchestrated by Tony Manfredonia. He's adapting the current score, which will refine the whole film into a beautiful jewel. We need to raise $20,000 to finish this project. Please send what you can, so that we can bring Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy soon.