Behind the Scenes

The first thing to point out is that behind the scenes of Garabandal: Only God Knows there is no super-producer, much less a super budget, or even a team of super-professionals. The only thing behind Garabandal: Only God Knows is a deep love for the Virgin Mary, and the desire to collaborate in her motherly mission of guiding all humanity towards its only Savior: Jesus Christ.

All the participants in this project have taken part voluntarily. In fact, most of the more than 300 performers in Garabandal: Only God Knows paid their own accommodation during the filming process. None had previous cinematographic experience, nor do they work in the world of cinema. The same can be said of practically the entire technical team, including the artistic director, Brian Jackson, for whom the project Garabandal: Only God Knows was his first experience on this level. It should be noted, however, that Brian Jackson had the invaluable help of Brian Shields, founder of Lumen Entertainment. Shields arrived at Spain a week before the shooting began and stayed with the technical team for fifteen days, during which he shared his experience and professionalism.

Filming lasted twenty-seven days, an absolutely record time, especially if we take into account factors such as the scarce experience of both performers and technical team, the amount of extras that had to be moved, and the set and wardrobe changes that had to be done. The exterior scenes were recorded in eighteen days, while the interiors were filmed in nine.

Each day began with a short prayer request, proclaimed forcefully by the entire team: “Mother, make this film transmit your blessing.” The more we reflect on the poverty behind this project— poverty of both financial means and professional experience— the more we grasp the disproportion between what we have contributed and the end result. We can only continue insisting with this plea so that this film may continue to transmit Our Mother’s blessing.