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Christian movie to be filmed at Presidio La Bahia

July 11, 2011 at 2:11 a.m.

Timothy Jones, far right, director of photography for the Christian feature film "Indescribable," frames an interior shot.

JOIN THE SETThe sets will be closed to the public, but volunteer extras can apply to work in various scenes by contacting Stacie@morningstarproductions.net.

A film crew will shoot scenes for a Christian movie at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad on Tuesday.

Morning Star Productions and Thorn Crown Project are Bryan-College Station producers of the dramatic film "Indescribable," which tells the story of a religious hymn.

Joseph and Stacie Graber, husband and wife, wrote the screenplay. Stacie is directing and Joseph is producing the 100- to 110-minute movie based on a story spanning eight centuries.

"The Presidio, a 290-year-old Spanish colonial citadel with its eight-foot high stone walls, parapets, defensive canons and quaint Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, is an ideal setting for a story that involves Crusaders," said Rebekah Cook, second assistant director.

Cook also portrays "Claudia," the oldest daughter of Frederick Lehman, the character struggling to write the final verse of the hymn.

"The story is told from the perspective of his 10-year-old son, Blynn," she said.

The 25-day shoot involves 44 speaking parts, a crew of 49 and up to 60 extras throughout the production, said Caleb Allen, production coordinator.

On Monday, the crew filmed at Mike Newman's Castle in Bellville.

The family-friendly film, the second in the Grabers' story-behind-the-hymns series, is expected to go direct to DVD, as opposed to major cinema distribution. The movie, expected to enjoy a premiere and limited screenings, will likely be marketed through Christian Bookstores, churches and websites.

"Although, the story spans the period 1096 to 1917 and World War I, children will find it exciting because they are the main characters," Cook said. "The story, filled with historical flashbacks for dynamic effect, highlights God's work in people's lives."

Presidio La Bahia, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, features parapets, cannons, a double-bell tower, a religious statue estimated at 300 years old, more than 150 artifacts on display in its museum and a unique Texas version fresco of the Annunciation.

The director of the film explained its plot.

"This feature film tells the story of one boy struggling to love God against a backdrop of 1096 renegade Crusader violence, 1917 excitement of The Great War, and personal family tragedy," she said. "'Indescribable,' is an exciting story that explains practical steps a young person of any era can take to love God."

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