The Celestine Prophecy: The Making of the Movie
In late March, 2004, Monty was asked to co-author a making-of-the-movie book with James Redfield for his metaphysical best-selling novel The Celestine Prophecy. The movie was shot in St. Augustine and Ocala, Florida, and Monty was on the location sets with James and Salle Redfield, co-screenplay writer and producer Barnet Bain, producers Terry Collis and Beverly Camhe, director Armand Mastroianni, and the cast and crew for the principal filming.
The Celestine Prophecy: The Making of the Movie was published in October 2005 with the major release film scheduled to follow in the spring of 2006. The large format hardback movie book with Monty’s narrative and interviews contains over 160 color photos, production artwork, and frames from the film that he also edited.
Conversations With God: The Making of the Movie
Monty’s second making-of-the-movie book was released in September 2006 to coincide with the October release and the national promotion tour of the feature film Conversations with God.
Monty spent six weeks on location to research the book, interview the cast and crew, and to direct the still photography. Monty then persuaded long time friend Neale Donald Walsch to add his personal commentary to the book in a dimension unprecedented in moviemaking literature.
Conversations with God, the movie, is the dramatic story of Neale Donald Walsch’s passage from being poor and homeless to becoming the messenger of spiritual truths that have impacted the globe. Book One of the Conversations with God series stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than two and a half years and has been translated into 36 languages, with more than 7 million copies sold.
A decade after the appearance of Book One, Conversations with God, the movie, began shooting November 7, 2005, in Ashland, Oregon, where the actual events of Neale’s transformation occurred. Finally, the full back story of Neale’s struggle is revealed in a feature-length film produced and directed by Stephen Simon, who is responsible for such spiritual cinema classics as Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come and for the launch of the modern day spiritual cinema movement.
Conversations with God: The Making of the Movie provides a unique and exclusive insight into the process and personalities involved in the spiritually relevant film genre that has become known as spiritual cinema. The narrative text connects the film’s storyline to the remarkable synchronistic events that linked all cast and crew members. From pre-production to the location sets, in more than 200 full-color production stills, production design works of art, and frames from the movie itself, here is the heart of filmmakers at work.