I should have titled that I Might Possibly Be In The Movie “Pendragon—Sword Of His Father”, because I don’t know how the film editing will go. But that title is a bit ponderous, so here we are.
My son and I had the wonderful opportunity of being extra’s during filming last Wednesday night until 4am. It was supposed to end at 1am, but the filming took longer and we got a late start. Regardless, though, it was a fun time, and a privilege to be part of such a worthy endeavor.
When I first heard about this King Arthur movie being made by a Christian family, I posted about it here.
And do you know what? This post is about to break into my “Most Popular Posts” list in record time! Hardly a day goes by without someone Googling for this movie and visiting my blog.
Not only that, but “Pendragon: Sword Of His Father” is becoming an international sensation: people from Britain, Australia, Hungary, and even Japan have been coming to my blog after searching for information about this movie!
After writing that post, I did not realize that half the Burns family lives in the St. Louis area (with the other half in Michigan). Because of this, it turned out that they were going to spend one week in St. Louis filming, and needed extras.
And what an opportunity for me! How often does a newbie, unknown author writing on a somewhat obscure subject like King Arthur get to have the chance of being included in a movie on that same topic?
So what were we filming? Since it was a night scene, I had visions of being involved in a small battle at some little village—but it was much more important than that! But since I don’t want to give away any plot, I better keep my mouth shut. Just let me say that something very somber had just happened.
The amazing thing about the scene that they filmed? I had just written this same scene in my own book! Now, the characters are different, and the plot is different, but the core is there. So what I had just tearfully written I was able to experience.
What was the highlight of the evening?
Being struck in the abdomen by a live, flaming, torch! And no, this was not planned, and it was not filmed. We were all watching things finish up on a set, and I was standing to the left and behind Nick Burns, who plays the villain Cadeyrn. I decided to get a better vantage point from his right side, and moved there at just the moment when he decided to swing his torch backwards! Thankfully, my costume did not catch on fire, and he was very apologetic.
Still, it was like having one of my own villains swipe me with a torch!
My biggest impression from being part of the filming? How much hard work, dedication, professionalism, Christian character, blood, sweat, tears, and money this family is putting forth to make this excellent movie.
Pray for the Burns family as they finish up the filming and the editing prior to the November 1st submissions deadline for the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, which now boasts the largest monetary award in the world for any film festival—secular or Christian.