Tomorrow, Saturday October 5th, is the last day of filming. Everyone looks forward to this day, but there’s some bitter sweetness to it as well. For weeks everyone has worked together, eaten together, and shared our lives with one another. A movie set becomes a mini-family. Now, with things drawing to a close, we know there are those on this particular set we’ll probably never see again.

The director is hopeful that he’ll have some rough footage put together by tomorrow evening to show us. I’m dying to see it–but have decided to go home a day early. Some things are simply more important than movies……

Today is our baby granddaughter’s “due” date, which is a worry to me. When I came up here for the movie, I planned on simply jumping in the car the minute I got the call to come home, no matter what was going on in Sugarcreek. The crew knew I might disappear at any moment and they understood why. Unfortunately, there was one major flaw with this plan. It is nearly impossible to get AT&T phone service in Ohio Amish country. This has made things difficult for the crew and it made getting a phone call from home very dicey. I’m getting nervous that I won’t even get word that our Meaghan is in labor.

I stop by the filming to let them know I’m leaving, and to greet little ten-year-old Madison Blake who is on the set for the first time. Today they are filming police-station scenes. The one I watch is where, after young Rachel’s father is killed, her Amish aunts come to take her home with them. This is the last scene in which the three aunts will appear. I’ve discovered that it is tradition for the crew to applaud an actor when their very last scene is finished. We all give the three aunts a round of applause–then there is a round of picture-taking in which I am asked to take part. I had not planned on this–and am dressed for a day of driving. Seems I spend my life being a day late, a dollar short, and only about half-ready….but oh well.

My editor for this book, Connie Troyer, actually lives in Sugarcreek about five minutes away and has kindly offered to store “my” Sugar Haus Inn sign for me until I can make other arrangements. I give Connie’s address to Teresa, the girl who helps create all the props, who tells me she’ll have the crew drop it off at Connie’s home. They also explain that they need to have all props accessible in Sugarcreek for about a month, just in case a scene needs to be shot again. I’m coming back up for a book signing in Berlin in November, and will make arrangements to take it back then. (Hey–THANKS SO MUCH for everyone who offered to help me with this!!)

My leaving creates a flurry of last-minute book signings for the crew–some of whom are doing their Christmas shopping for relatives early. Also, I sign a book for the chief of police, Kevin, who–like so many Sugarcreek residents–have gone out of his way to facilitate this movie–and I am able to thank him for all he and his officers have done. (They even unearthed OLD uniforms, no longer in use, to make the “young Rachel” scene accurate.)

I have learned a lot and made memories I will always cherish–but it is time to get back home. Not only do I have a newborn to look forward to cuddling soon, I have another book to finish before January 15th. No more lolly-gagging around a movie set for me!

I do have some general observations I want to make before this blog ends. But this is getting long, and I’ll save the wrap-up for tomorrow.

-Serena

 

Serena B. Miller (Author) - Kelly McGillis (Bertha Troyer) - Madison Blake (Young Rachel Troyer) - Annie Kitral (Lydia Troyer) - Marianna Alacchi (Anna Troyer) - After the final filming of the 3 aunts on the movie set of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio
Serena B. Miller (Author) – Kelly McGillis (Bertha Troyer) – Madison Blake (Young Rachel Troyer) – Annie Kitral (Lydia Troyer) – Marianna Alacchi (Anna Troyer) – After the final filming of the 3 aunts on the movie set of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio

9 thoughts on “Day seventeen: (10-4) movie set of LFY Sugarcreek Ohio

  1. Congratulations on the new grandbaby. They are special and precious. May God bless the new baby and family. Grandparents too. I am anxiously awaiting the movie. Please let me know when it will be released. Your newest book has been shipped to me. I can’t wait to read it. Did Edna Miller watch any of the filming of the movie?

  2. Connie Davidson says:

    Serena, I’m so happy for you. Hope the Grandbaby is here. The Sugar Haus Inn was just right. I like the house they picked. Then Ms Marianna Alacchi, Is the picture of Aunt Anna to the T what I had her pictured. I was by the House the night of the Fire, When By about 3:30 pm to an Auction for a Baby’s Hospital Bills at the School House on 600. It had to be a long day for all. Because when back by after 10:00pm and all was working. With the Fire Trucks & Police cars and I think I seen Aunt Anna in the front yard. Sat, I got to see Young Rachel in the Bank parking lot. She was very Pretty in the Pink dress. Got to see a little what was going on Sat. Wish I could Have took up a seat on the other side of the street. But I had 3 windows out of my house. We had to get Lumber at Sugarcreek Lumber. I have to say God has had a hand in this Move. I hope I get a Invite to the Premiere Screening. I’ll not get to see it till it comes out in CD. I have No real TV, just Tapes and CD. God Bless you. I miss all my Friends from Under the Blackberry Moon. Other #1 Book

    • So glad you enjoyed Blackberry Moon! I thought they picked out a great site for the movie, too! Yep, it was a long day for everyone. I couldn’t believe how long the fire department wore those uniforms in such heat!

  3. Judy Belasco says:

    Do you know when the movie will be aired? I know everyone is excited to see it. A new baby too wow!! Sooooo proud of you in every way!! Cant wait to get the new book.

    • We don’t know exactly when the movie will be aired, Judy, but they are hoping maybe April of next year. I’ll be posting it all over Facebook when it comes out, though:-) Glad you and John are safely back in Florida.

  4. Congrats, Serena on your LFY book becoming a movie. That is so exciting. I have cousins that live in and around New Philly, which is near Sugarcreek, and that part of Ohio is so pretty. Connie was my editor on my LFY book and did an awesome job! I had no idea that is where she lives. I’ll be looking to see your movie when it airs. What station is it going to be on?

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