Pondering Premieres and Performance

AlfonZo Rachel and Gary Moore at the episode 3 premiere. Photo: Cornelius Attenborough

Premiere

Well, you should have been there.

The episode three premiere was epic, complete with an audience that ooohed, ahhhed and chuckled at all the right places. My daughter sat next to one fan who was literally leaning forward in her seat, anxious for the lives and fortunes of our heroes.

Greg Martin, the Kershaws, and Lorraine Pope at the Episode 3 Premiere. Photo: Cornelius Attenborough

That’s the way it should be, and it made for a great after-party. Filming an episodic drama makes for a kind of congregation or fraternity of the faithful.  You actually become a kind of township in the cause of telling a township story. As even one of our more laconic crew members said, “this place is becoming a family.”

Sweet, true words, let me tell you. Personally, I wish film premiere parties, like biblical weddings, could go on for at least a week or so. How else can you have a meaningful conversation with each of 200 people?

Performance

Not dramatic performance.  Sales performance.

The future of Courage, New Hampshire depends on some mix of conventional licensing (a cable network licensing the show) and our own grass roots DVD and VOD (video-on-demand) sales.  We are on the verge of sealing a deal with an international sales agency, and they think the product has such high standards it will be gobbled up by the European and Asian markets. That would be nice, of course, but we very much want an American audience too, since, as you know, we believe America deserves this story.

To that end, I’m going to think out loud here about the cable monopoly and the internet

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About James Riley

James Riley is the owner/operator of Riley's Farm in Oak Glen, California and a senior partner in Colony Bay Productions. The father of six children, Riley performs "Patrick Henry" and supervises a living history program visited by hundreds of thousands of school children. He holds a degree in history from Stanford University.
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