Filming in progress of the film “More Than Conquerors” in Brownwood

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Silence on set…rolling sound…mark it.

Rolling!

On the set of a movie that’s being shot in part in Brownwood, Jessica Munger called out these commands as the cast and crew of the religious film “More Than Conquerors” prepared to film a scene. The setting: the deck of an English sailing ship in 1622 as the ship approaches Jamestown, Virginia.

Much of a warehouse behind Wes-Tex Printing on Stephen F. Austin has been turned into a movie set – three sets, in fact: the ship’s deck, the ship’s hold, and the Admiral’s cabin. The scenes shot in Brownwood will comprise approximately 10 minutes of the entire film, which will also be shot in Virginia.

Munger and her husband, Eric, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, form the unit’s production manager team as well as the first assistant director team.

Daniel Nuckols, executive producer and director of the film "More than conquerors," walks on the Brownwood plateau.

Daniel Nuckols is the executive producer and director of the film. “Show me anger,” urged Nuckols Dennis Williams of May, who portrays the belligerent first mate on the ship bound for Jamestown.

“You clumsy brute! What have you ! Williams, dressed in the style of a 17th-century sailor, bellowed as sailors struggled to carry heavy loads onto the deck of the ship. “Hurry up, man!”

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“This is a project I’ve been working on for almost five years,” Nuckols said. “It’s something that God gave me in 2017. I feel like God led me to write a story about Jamestown.”

Nuckols and his company, Nicol Films, received help from local residents, including Steve Blake of Wes-Tex Printing, Nick Ewing and the Howard Payne University Theater Department, Joe Dennis of May and his son Caleb, and Dennis Williams Justin and John.

The Arts Council helped secure a $2,000 grant that paid for the cast and crew to stay at the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment, KXYL-Radio reported.

“The story is set in the 1600s and it’s a faith-based film about Romans 8, and it’s to help Christians with the theology of suffering – why bad things happen, how we can become more than conquerors through Chirst,” Nuckols said.

Eric and Jessica Munger form the team of production directors for the unit and the team of first assistant directors.  Eric Munger also plays the role of a sailor.

Nuckols explained the film’s connection to Romans 8, noting the scripture theme of overcoming.

In the script, the main character, Susannah Atwood – played by Kristin Mathis from Tennessee – is a passenger on the ship and she sails to find her parents in the New World. She is accompanied by her cousin, Bekah, played by Sophia Marie Hart of Virginia.

“There’s a love interest and a romantic story, where there’s a man proposing to Susannah,” Nuckols said. “The hook in the story is that she rejects him and he is actually enslaved by the Barbary Pirates for four years. She actually frees him by selling the ring he gave her. So there are the suffering in his past where he is enslaved by Barbary pirates, but there will also be a theme about the slavery of African Americans in the colonies, where they arrived in 1619 and we want to show that slavery is evil .”

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After months of pre-production work, filming began for the first time on Monday.

A visitor stepping inside the warehouse-turned-movie-set will encounter a mesmerizing view of equipment, tripods, lights and cameras, with sections set aside for activities such as makeup, hairdressing and hairdressing. suits. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the crew and cast members, while focused on their work, took time to be friendly.

Mathis, the Tennessee actress who plays Susannah Atwood, said her film character is from England but has no hometown.

The cast and crew gather for a reunion and prayer before beginning another day of filming on Wednesday.

Mathis said his background was theater, which is performed live and brings “a totally different type of energy” to acting. “In theater you become much more expressive, much more exaggerated,” Mathis said. “Cinema is a much more subtle, subdued, internal. You can still do a lot of the same things, just by pivoting to be a little more subtle.”

Kristin Mathis (left), who plays Susannah Atwood, and Sophia Marie Hart, who plays Susannah's cousin Bekah, get ready to shoot a scene.

But there are similarities, Mathis said. “There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that no one sees. Here, there’s so much going on behind the camera that you never see and focus on this little area.”“

Hart, the Virginia actress who plays Bekah, agreed, saying film acting is “so different from stage acting because all it’s focused on is that little moment. I don’t think people realize everything that happens in a scene. It can be four seconds of the movie. But you have to shoot that four seconds from six different angles, and then each angle can take anywhere from one take if you have the luck, I think we went as far as 12 takes before we got anything.

She said the team went “back and forth” between referring to the cast by their characters’ names and their real names. This can be confusing because the movie’s mixer is called Bekah. “When someone calls ‘Bekah,’ is he calling a sound or a character?” Hart said. “And we have a Kristin and a Krista.”

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Nuckols said filming is expected to wrap in Virginia this fall. It is not yet known how the film will be distributed.

“If a big name came on board, it could be widespread,” Nuckols said. “But otherwise it could go the independent route of church screenings, and more so online. It really depends on where God takes it.

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“Silence on set…rolling noise…waiting on the train…”

From the train tracks near the warehouse, the rumble of a locomotive caused a short delay in filming.

Through several takes of his stage, Williams, playing the ship’s mate, bellowed his lines, never losing his voice.

“Now pick this up, you slow brute!”

“Cut,” Nuckols shouted. “That’s good. Very good.”

More information about the film is available at www.mtc the movie.com

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