The opening scene of Journey Off the Map was filmed in the hallways of one of the oldest church-affliated schools in the state of Hawaii…and all the extras were real students.
No snails were harmed in the making of Journey Off the Map. The snail in the jar is actually a native fresh-water snail and was returned to water at the end of filming.
The Kato family home in Journey Off the Map is actually that of a local Baptist pastor.
All the images seen on the family TV in Journey Off the Map (even the reflections, smudges and finger-prints) were created in the edit room with special effects. The real TV screen was covered by green colored paper.
The TV newsman in Journey Off the Map is also a news anchor in real life. Can yo guess which market he works in? A. Chicago. B. Nashville. C. Tampa.
Listen carefully to the limo driver in Journey Off the Map. He has just the hint of an accent. Can you guess where he is from? A. Cuba. B. Trinidad. C. Jamaica.
The large Navy ship the kids board and travel in as they Journey Off the Map is actually a famous battleship – the site of the official Japanese WWII surrender. Can you guess the name of the ship? A. USS Arizona. B. USS Missouri. C. USS North Carolina.
The actor who played the Marine Corps colonel in Journey Off the Map is also the director of photography, and the film’s editor. He has appeared in several VBS dramas over the years. What was his character’s name in Jungle Jaunt? A. Mr. Pibb. B. Mr. O’Neil. C. Mr. McClain.
During the filming of Journey Off the Map, one of these actors was seasick throughout the open-water scenes. Can you guess which one? A. The Colonel. B. Julian. C. Cy. D. The Boat’s Driver.
The landscape surrounding this “kids in the water” scene in Journey Off the Map inspired the creation of a famous 60’s folk song. Do you know which one? A. Puff the Magic Dragon. B. This Land Is Your Land. C. Across The Wide Missouri.
Most of the crew for Journey Off the Map also create video with a well known Bible teacher. Can you guess who she is from the picture?
The extras playing Navy Seal team members in Journey Off the Map included two boat captains, a safety swimmer and the director.
Check back Thursday for more VBS 2015 Dramatic Facts.