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‘Five loaves and two fishes’ story gets real: Dallas Jenkins bursts into tears on set of The Chosen season 3

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So it will come as no surprise to fans to find that Jenkins was in tears on set today for the first time in real life when he met Alex, the man who sent him the famous 4 am email from Romania. Who changed his life?

As Jenkins mentions in the Instagram post above, the cast and crew are on their second day of filming the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” (F5K) Bible story. As you might imagine, thousands of additional actors (“extras”) have been on the set.

So who are the lucky people who get to perform the show’s depiction of the miraculous moment?'Five loaves and two fishes' story gets real: Dallas Jenkins bursts into tears on set of The Chosen season 3

Last year, the show announced that anyone who made $999 or higher “Paid it Forward” between August 22, 2021, and December 31, 2021, qualified to be on set when the cast and crew filmed the biblical story. Supporters who are allowed and their immediate families could register to participate on June 7 or 8 and pay a fee for catering and facilities. Extras organized their travel, accommodation, transportation, and costumes (according to The Chosen’s “Style Guide”). There were 10,000 spots available, and it was the first in best dressed.

As a result, super fans of the show from 32 countries and every US state signed up to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime experience and make TV history.

“This is very unusual,” producer Chris Juen says in a behind-the-scenes Livestream when Executive Producer (and Livestream host) Derral Eves asks him if he’s ever seen a 5,000-plus set before. Juen is responsible for all the show’s production details and special effects.

“I can’t think of a single moment when it happened this way,” he tells Eves.

Usually, this scene with a large audience would be made in post-production using CGI. But Juen says that while having a real audience on set may not be the easiest or cheapest way to film a scene like the F5K, it’s the best way and “is the heart of the show.” “.

Having a huge crowd of people who believe in The Chosen – to the point of being willing to spend a portion of their family budget to support it – brings a very special vibe.

“It gives me goosebumps,” says the show’s writer, Tyler Thompson.

“It’s humbling to see so much enthusiasm and people willing to fight through the elements and travel from London and Ecuador – and where has anyone come the furthest from? Sydney, Australia? It’s just wild what people will do to get into this.”

“We didn’t make this story up; we just dramatized it on stage, but there’s more to it than just the Feeding the Five Thousand – there are storylines of characters weaving in and out. So there’s a lot more to the hand, only a miracle, for that would be a spectacle, and we do not do spectacle.”

“It made no sense from the start. It is utterly wonderful.” – The Chosen’s writer Ryan Swanson.

The set has a festival atmosphere between the shade and catering tents, live music entertainment, and huge props built specifically for photo shooting extras. It seems a morally pure Woodstock, except with people dressed in biblical costumes rather than hippie clothes.

“There’s no writing gig like this,” writer Ryan Swanson tells Livestream fans. “It’s more like we’re at a comic com or a rock show.”

But Swanson isn’t talking about the atmosphere so much as the essence, about everyone involved in the show coming together as a community. So much of the making of The Chosen happens in isolation and small groups, with each cast member and crew contributing their specific skills.

“So we each bring our two loaves of bread and five fishes,” he says. “This is one of the few opportunities for us to experience it together. To break bread – literally.”

Swanson tells how touching it was to see the famous story unfold before his eyes.

“I sat there watching the field, and of course, we wrote it, reread it, andit we did it again. And it wasn’t until Derrell [Eves] leaned against me and said, “Can you believe the bread lasted long?” that this spectacle became spiritual,” he says.

“All of a sudden, I was there, and you could see it wasn’t a matter of stretching the seeds or ‘We just need to give them some more crumbs’. It was like… No. It made no sense from the start. It is utterly wonderful.”

For Swanson, the writing process is focused on staying true to “the best source material” – the Bible. Each writer shares how they read the material, imagined the scene, and worked to bring those insights and ideas together.

“And, of course, we’re a TV show. We can never have the impact that the Bible has. So we’re shooting in a field in Texas, and we’re so blessed to have it, but it doesn’t seem like that at all,” he says.

“The moment it becomes a spiritual moment again is when these people who have believed in us, who can be closer to the word through th shows, who want to be here with us, start populating this space. That’s when it starts to feel like the impact we read in the Bible.”

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