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Today we had our casting and auditions event for Grisley Grisell! We kicked off the evening with games, auditions, a script read through and nachos! It’s going to be a great movie!
The pre-production stages of Grisly Grisell are coming along nicely. The script was written like there was no last page then cut in half with a few changes. It has been reviewed by our consultants who were very satisfied with the storyline. Bijorn Erikson has agreed to make the soundtrack for the new film. Fr. Kenneth Baker S.J. honored us by reading Grisly Grisell for theological error and we are indebted to his encouragement and kind words:
Dear Mary and Faustina,
Congratulations on your Grisley Grisell Script on beauty being more than skin deep. I have read all of it and found nothing in it contrary to Catholic doctrine and morals.
I am impressed by your knowledge of Old English. I can see you have studied Shakespeare and probably Beowulf also. Those words give it the right flavor...God bless you and your family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
The next step is to cast! We still have a few roles open but for the most part, all the important roles are filled. Later this week we will share the script with the cast. We are pleased to feature Michael Bowen in another large role.
We are upgrading to a better camera! In the past, we have primarily used the iPad. After speaking to Jim Morlino, we have decided to get this camera he recommended. I can't wait to play around with it!
The war is so named after the color of the rose which knights bore on their shields depending on what opinion they held. The White Rose held that the king, being senile, needed to abdicate to his brother, the Duke of York. The Red Rose insisted that the king needed to continue to rule jointly with the queen. The White Rose believed that the queen was a French traitor and they wanted nothing to do with her or the son she supposedly found and raised.
I'll let you in on a spoiler, it is about this little girl who is in a marriage contract to a boy who is for the other side of the war. It was made to heal the breach and bind the families together. She likes him but he does not like her. By accident, he lights a barrel of gunpowder and burns Grisell’s face very badly. His family then says that the marriage contract is not valid and that since she is now unsuitable he is free to go. Her family insists that since he made her ugly, he must marry her or no one else will. The poor girl at this point only wants to take religious vows!
I won’t tell you any more. It is a Cinderella story as she is very sweet and kind and in the end her character is the the only thing which shines out despite her scarred face. The underlying theme is that beauty is more than skin deep.
We depend on fundraisers and donor support for costumes, props and equipment. We are working with a budget of $11,900 for this movie.
Luckily, we have a head start of $1,280 from our Max & Carlota premiere after we shared 20% with the actors. And all the proceeds from selling Outlaws of Ravenhurst and Max & Carlota will go to support this movie. Please show your love for San Genesio Entertainment and our Catholic values by becoming a member of San Genesio Entertainment with your donation!
Copies of Max & Carlota are $12.95 + $2.80 for shipping, and are available now!
We had a very successful Max & Carlota LIVE premiere with 470 views and $1280 raised! 20% was shared with the cast and the rest will help fund our next film, Grisly Grisell. You can donate to Grisly Grisell here! The movie was directed, written and performed by Catholic children for Catholic children and children at heart.
New sneak peek into the Max & Carlota score! It has been so moving to see how the music has shaped up and supported the movie. I really enjoy how Max's Speech has several elements which tell so much about his personality and the tragedy that he is under going.
What do you think of the music?
Here is some historical background on Max and Carlota from a section of Volume VI of Dr. Carroll's History of Christendom, The Crisis of Christendom:
"While the United States of America was swept and consumed by its great Civil War, the neighboring state of Mexico briefly became a Habsburg empire, ruled by the second son of Austrian archduke Franz Karl and his potent wife, Archduchess Sophia. Franz Karl was grandson of Emperor Francis, whom “God raised up,” in the words of the Austrian national anthem. Their second son was named for a Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian. Maximilian was married to a clever, assertive Belgian princess named Charlotte."
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