Rough stills from production of ‘Mikha’El’

More shots from the Holy Monastery of Panormitis


Another young man with physical challenges venerating the wonder-working icon of Archangel Michael.


Hegumon Ierotheos III leaving the Katholikon of the Monastery after Vespers.

Hegumon Use

The cantors during Vespers on Friday evening.


[Credit: Marcelle Abela].

Behind-the-scenes – 2

Some BTS from Saint Michael’s Shrine, Tarpon Springs, Florida

These are some shots taken from the Shrine of Saint Michael on Hope Street in Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA. A terrible fire devastated the shrine in 2014, a ‘sister church’ to that of the Archangel in Panormitis, Symi Island, Greece. Almost everything was lost. One of the few items that survived, however, was precisely a small silver reproduction of the wonder-working icon of Taxiarchis Mikhail Panormitis (upper right in the photo). This reproduction was reported to smell of myrrh when it was found, intact, rather than charred smoke despite everything around it having been burnt to cinders, including other precious icons.

[Credit: Archon Elias Damianakis].

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Behind-the-scenes – 1

BTS shots taken while filming in the tiny hamlet of Panormitis

Some BTS stills showing the:

  • colorful houses that can be found on Symi Island, Greece (total inhabitants c. 2500);
  • hidden, enclosed hamlet and Holy Monastery of Panormitis at the southernmost part of Symi. Panormitis has one street, one church, one restaurant, one cafe, and one grocery store; all of which close down in winter except for the church. But the peace and joy that exist in Panormitis make this place a veritable haven. The Monastery has guest rooms for those who arrive;
  • wonder-working silver icon of Taxiarchis Michail in the Katholikon of the Monastery;
  • bottles / boats with messages sent to the Archangel from all over the world, which arrive in the sea of their own volition, no matter their origin;
  • pilgrims visiting to thank the Archangel and gift him a broom, or coming to beg for his assistance.

[Credit: Mariella Delia, producer].

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Production on the documentary film ‘Mikha’El’ has commenced. BTS posts will appear here as we shoot the film, then enter into post-production

Old motion picture film reel with film strip. Vintage background

Already, the excitement among my crew is becoming contagious and we have just started. Today was an intense day of getting all the equipment ready:

“Where is that machine oil for the Roxant? Those weights, are they balanced yet?” (“Errm, we’re doing them right now”).

“I need an adapter!” (“Here’s your darned adapter!”).

“Are we going to have dailies?” (Yes).

“Hey, is that Sennheiser working?” (Minus the colorful adjectives).

The day has still not ended – and it is the next day.

We start rolling next week.  Continue reading “Rolling”