Cameras are rolling for this Christian drama focused on the father of our nation.
The period piece is called Washington's Armor and it covers the rise of George Washington and God's role in that process. Based on the future president's actual journals, this six-part series will focus on Washington's life before he became head of state, including his efforts in the French and Indian War - some two decades before the American Revolution - when he was a loyal colonist actually fighting for Great Britain.
The first part of the pilot episode was shot on location in upstate New York in February, and the clips available are most impressive: beautiful wintery backdrops, richly appointed costumes and props, and some truly fantastic cinematography. The second phase of shooting is underway right now outside of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Tammy Lane, a Texas-based Christian filmmaker with 14 short films and three seasons of reality television to her credit, is the director of this program. She says she was long ago captivated by the history of Washington's early years and believes the hand of God was clearly upon him, orchestrating events to bring him to the fore. Though the story is more than two and a half centuries old, she feels it remains relevant for modern believers.
"What I would like to see happen to this film is for people to see that God has a purpose for everyone; he will direct your path in order to get you to that place."
Aaron Burns is the producer and he is a man with an impressive list of faith-based films on his resume, including Beyond the Mask, War Room and Overcomer...the latter two from the Kendrick Brothers. Texas-based actor William Mellina plays Washington and is joined on screen by Tim Ross as his right-hand man, Christopher Gist. Jeremy Gauna, a member of the Choctaw Nation, rounds out the leading triumverate, playing their Native American guide.
Stage three of production of the pilot will move to Virginia this summer. The timetable for completion of the series is unknown and filmmakers have not yet announced when or where it will be available for viewing. Christian Film Blog will follow it, though, and let you know once those details become clear. In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer via this link.