January Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update

In January we filmed the Exodus. Countless souls will be amazed when they begin to understand why John the Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb of God”. All Christians accept this title but when they see what this term means, we pray it will open their eyes to the reality of the Eucharist. 
 
 
 








It was not an easy task to choreograph this scene. We had 2 days but needed to match the sun time and shadow casting which was quickly changing, in addition to the many hours necessary to prepare the location. One of the hardest tasks was the lamb present in the scene. We had to find a company who sold a full lamb, keep it on ice between the filming days, then cook it with a torch because, due to the dry weather, we were not allowed to have fire on set. At the last minute we had to be creative and try to build a fire pit without real wood while also looking convincing enough. Everything revolved around the lamb which was an essential element we needed. Below you can see Moses with the lamb.
 
 








 
We had to have this iconic doorpost scene as it represents an important command that God gave to the Jews. Sadly, our Protestant brothers and many Catholics, including us prior to full study of the Bible passages, do not realize that there were more steps the Jews had to follow and that the lamb had to be fully consumed, including all the bones and cloven hoof. This parallels and prefigures the Eucharist which is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.
 








 
 
The bronze serpent footage will be used in gospel of John chapter 6 and prior to the Crucifixion to visually address the claim of idolatry. We see that Moses created a statue, which points to Christ, and God asked for it to be built to heal the snake bites of those that were sick.  









 
 
 
We also filmed Jesus in the synagogue. This took place in John 6 and here you will see the discord between Jesus and the pharisees.
 
 









 
In our movie we want to emphasize how Christ explained His words of salvation to everyone, and the multitudes that left Him truly understood what He was talking about. This scene took many hours to light properly coupled with many permits and protocols imposed from the owner in addition to almost 2 days of preparation. 
 
 














 
An important element for the synagogue was this Jewish scroll. It took weeks to build a big scroll prop that quickly brought the audience back to a specific time period. This prop was designed and finalized by Angelo but build by Sean Quandt. The Thora letters were painted by our apostle Phillip, Danny Galieote. This real, beautiful, historic scroll we found during our research. This prop would have cost us thousands of dollars to buy but we were able to make it due to the donation of time and material from faithful people who know the importance of this movie.









 
 
 
Thank you to our great gaffer Marty, who worked on “Star Trek”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Jack and Jill”, and other movies. He brought incredible experience to perfectly light the scenes as the Director/DP envisioned it. A special thank you to Paul Vigil, our special effect specialists, who took care of all the torches, flames, and smoke effects. He has worked on “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Fast & Furious”, and more. What incredible shots the team got!






 


 
 
Right now, our filming is at a halt as we do not have funds to continue filming. Just to put it into perspective here is the cost of filming so far. Your support has allowed this to happen and it is definitely not cheap. The countless attacks from Christ’s enemy have led to many delays that increased our costs.




 
 









 
All 2021 donor acknowledgement letters have been sent out. Thank you for your contributions last year! If you are able to support us again, we would appreciate it!

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December Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update

This was our biggest live action filming month so far! We started December with filming our most complicated scene, where Jesus walks on water. Angelo spoke with Jonathan Roumie who connected us with the right person within The Chosen team to identify the proper boat. The boat was driven by Mauricio from Texas to California. That was a huge labor of love!

















The scene would begin with the apostles getting into the boat and therefore we need to first get this footage. A generous donor, Mark, allowed us to use his property to capture these scenes.













The scene will then transition to the moment of Jesus walking on water and for that we needed a pool, blue screens, as well as wind and rain special effects. We had experts in the business support us; some who had worked on “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, one of the newest Marvel movies, “Mission Impossible”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, and other blockbuster films. The rain was possible due to a Hollywood special effects veteran, Paul Vigil, who worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Fast & Furious”, “Escape from LA”, “Demolition Man”, and more.















Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights generously allowed us to use their pool at no cost; a special thank you to Donna and Terry who connected us with Hacienda and also offered food to all the crew, that was a huge blessing and an expensive gift that we appreciated! We would also like to thank Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, CA who initially offered for us to use their pool. We ended up using Hacienda
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It was 6 days of filming and preparation that made these scenes a reality. Many thanks to the dozens of people who came together to make this a reality! This movie would not be possible without you!

 

The actor on the left side of the image is Andy Davoli. He is a great Catholic actor, who is playing Jude the apostle. 

 

 

Andy has acted alongside the following actors: Vin Diesel in “Knockaround Guys” 

George Clooney, William H. Macy, Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, Patricia Clarkson, and Isaiah Washington in “Welcome to Collinwood”

 

 

 








Joaquin Phoenix in James Gray's "The Yards”
 

He has also worked with Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Garner, and others.

 

We also had Hollywood actor Bas Rutten join the movie. He has been in movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Here Comes the Boom, and more. Angelo has known him for years and he was excited to be a part of the movie. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22-fight unbeaten streak. He was also inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

 

 

Rutten is acting as one of the Roman soldiers during the scouring and carrying of the cross. His years of acting will make these scenes even more powerful.

What a blessing it is to have Hollywood actors use their talent to glory God!

 

In just 2 days we filmed the scourging, crowning with thorns, and crucifixion. We have been preparing for this for months. The scourge marks were based off of the Shroud of Turin and make up artists have been working to make this as realistic as possible. Below you can see images from the filming.

Our awesome actor Robert Renzi gave his all to show the love Christ has for us. Thank you for your donations which are allowing this to happen! 

Robert’s brother was one of the Roman guards and took him down from the cross. You can see the picture below. It was a touching moment! 

 

 

 

While we maximized our filming, some scenes will have to be filmed again. There is only so many hours in a day and during the editing process, there will be additional shots needed. Please pray that we receive the funds to complete this! 

January is the last opportunity to be an extra in this movie. Please sign up here to join us for the filming of the Passover. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the New Passover and what we are filming will emphasize this.

For those that donated through The Catholic Connect Foundation link, or wrote a check to The Catholic Connect Foundation, you will be receiving your 2021 contribution letters for tax purposes in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for your tax-deductible donations!

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November Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update

“Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.” To hear the words of John 6:54 said by Robert Renzi, playing Jesus, was priceless! On November 6th nearly 300 people were on set to film the Bread of Life discourse for the first time ever! Seeing the multitudes leave Jesus was breath taking and I cannot wait to see the final version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



At the end of November, the Last Supper was filmed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



We are stressing the fact that this was no normal Passover but the institution of the Eucharist. Below is the chalice we used.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This set took placed within a barn that a supporter allowed us to use. Again, this movie would not be happening without the incredible generosity of you all.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

I want to take a minute to praise Angelo for all of the hard work that he has done. He turned this barn into the upper room through many sleepless nights. Plastic rocks sheets were purchased from Warner Brother and Angelo spent two days with volunteers assembling the wall that supported it as well as painting the plastic. The ceiling was created with long tree branches where hay was placed between the branches. There were also the hundreds of props that you see in the images. Between designing the set, picking up props, creating storyboards, finalizing the script, and working with the actors, he has gone above and beyond for this movie. Please say a prayer for him as he has sacrificed more than you could ever know. I know he would not say this himself but as someone who has been in the trenches, I want you to get a glimpse into what it takes these scenes a reality. All of this is for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide the actors and the crew as we aim to create a movie that radiates the truth of Jesus Presence in the Holy Eucharist. 

 

If you would like to be an extra, there is an opportunity for the carrying of the cross and the crucifixion  in December. We hope you can join us!

 

Finally, I mentioned last month that we needed $80,000 to film the walking on water scene. Since I sent that message, we received $83,346. God continues to show us that this is His movie! Thank you so much and feel free to share our project with others!

 

God Love You,

 

Ray

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October Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update

On October 23rd we had hundreds of people on set for the multiplication of the loaves and fish, which is the beginning of the Gospel of John, Chapter 6. It was a day that we will never forget. We were blown away by the amazing costumes, continuous joy, and unbelievable dedication of everyone who came out! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at those great images! The film is going to look incredible. More images can be seen here

 

That filming was actually covered by the Catholic News Agency - https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/249460/eucharistic-miracles-movie-begins-filming-seeks-extras-and-financial-support-to-complete-project

 

This will show the audience several miracles Jesus performed and yet how those that saw Jesus perform miracles could still not believe that bread could become His Flesh.

 

The live action portion has been the most expensive part but your support has allowed us to continue filming for this scene and the bread of life discourse. In the beginning of December we will film Jesus walking on water and that scene alone will cost over $80,000. We do not have the funds now and if we do not receive them by November 23rd, we will have to delay the scene. Please share the movie with anyone you know so that we can continue with production. 

 

God Love You,

 

Angelo and Ray

September Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update






















 

September was an incredible month! We scheduled our two John 6 scenes!! These are critical moments of the film and scenes that we pray will bring countless souls to the glory of the Eucharist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the information for the scenes:

 

What: John 6 Part 1 - Feeding of the 5,000

When: October 23, 2021 starting at 8 am

Where: Indian Hill Ranch, 18061 Arosa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561

What to Wear: Below 

Schedule: 

8 am - 9 am (PST) - Arrive and get into position

9 am - 12 pm (PST) - Filming

12 pm - 1 pm (PST) - Lunch (Food will be provided)

2 pm - 7 pm (PST) – Filming

 

What: John 6 Part 2 - Bread of Life

When: November 06, 2021 starting at 8 am

What to Wear: Below 

Schedule: 

8 am - 9 am (PST) - Arrive and get into position

9 am - 12 pm (PST) - Filming

12 pm - 1 pm (PST) - Lunch (Food will be provided)

2 pm - 7 pm (PST) – Filming

 

These will be important parts of the movie. They will be long days as we will be filming the whole scenes in one day. Typically scenes take several days or week to film and we are trying to complete it all in one day due to our budget.

 

Below are several wardrobe options for purchase. Greater details and videos for costumes can be seen at www.eucharisticmiraclesmovie.com/costumes

 

Men's Gown 1 (this one ships the fastest)

Men's Gown 2

Men's Gown 3

Women's Gown 1

Women's Gown 2

Women's Gown 3

 

We have also begun development on our application where the movie will be streamed from. This will contain the bonus features, cartoons made by Antonia Acutis, and much more!

 

We pray that God will provide the funds to finish this film. Please share this with any organization and people you know. This is going to be an amazing month!

 

God Love You,

 

Angelo and Ray

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August Eucharistic Miracles Movie Update

Thank you for the prayers and support you have provided so far! We could not make this movie without you! The last month has been a time of preparation for the live action filming. We purchased insurance that will cover the boat and filming locations. This insurance covers any accidents that could occur while filming as well as damage done to the property. Almost every location that filming is done on requires proof of insurance before securing the location. Rob Renzi, who will play Jesus in the movie, explains the scenario well here.

 

We are working on costumes for multiple roles in the movie. The costumes need to be different for each person as it distinguishes the elements of their character arc. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For example, Angelo, the director, wanted Matthew to have some red elements in his costume. This will unify his past, working with Roman soldiers, showing that he is still attached to his past until Christ’s resurrection, when all the apostles are reborn with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Below you can see a rough markup the director drew with his finger on the spot, left, indicating where red would be preferred and the image of the updated costume, right.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are continuing to work with the actors. Acting practice and rehearing is ongoing. We are rehearsing on Zoom with some of the actors and in the studio with others. We have partnered with some great Catholic friends and new members of the team that are allowing us to use their facility with acting coaches to bring the best movie to all of you.

At the same time, we are improving our wardrobes for Christ and Mary. The pictures below are some shots of Jesus. We are trying to select the right color for his sash.


       

Angelo is perfecting the storyboards to create the most quality film. With the help of the actors, we started to record their acting to see ways to make their performance as natural as possible on set. Below is a storyboard for the live action filming of John 6.

 

 

 

It was a blessing to do an interview with the Catholic News Agency, CNA. This article

was shared hundreds of times and then later republished in the National Catholic Register, The Loop, and CNA Deutsch (translated into German).


Last but not least, future donations will soon be tax deductible. We will be releasing a video announcing this and revealing some of the amazing footage we have taken so far. Be on the lookout for that on The Joy of the Faith channel! We pray that when financial support is tax deductible, additional donations will make this an even more impressive movie.

 

God Love You,

 

Angelo and Ray

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