Monthly Archives: June 2012
It is true that when you pay a few dollars to watch Courage, New Hampshire, you are investing in all of the families that work on Courage.
These families work tirelessly, sacrificially, and selflessly to produce this show. Their amount of love, dedication, faith, and Courage is something to be admired.
I am new to the Courage, New Hampshire family, but just in the one month that I have been working on the marketing side of this show, this is the one truth that struck me the most powerfully – the love and dedication of the families that make this show a reality! Continue Reading »
Hi, everyone. Your director here, James Riley, asking those of you who are able to contribute to “Courage, New Hampshire” to do so, TODAY, if possible.
I have publicly chided what I call the “smart money” set, who give you a funny look when you talk about pooling resources to create better entertainment. The fact is, of course, entertainment will never be a sure bet. It’s something like betting on your uncle’s next joke. Some of them have been hilarious, others just earn an awkward silence and staggered exits to the kitchen. Continue Reading »
Courage Made Plain! The First Two Minutes of Episode #1 Translated from the Baroque (sub-titles)
This was fun. We’ve always tried to make the language of Courage, New Hampshire authentic to the journals, letters, and newspaper usage we’ve seen in 18th century primary texts. Most of us are used to this language, but occasionally, someone will stop, pause, and re-wind.
Here’s a little primer on what Courage might look like if we tooled it up to suburban American English:
A Year in Review:
Last year at this time, we were getting ready to screen the first episode of Courage, New Hampshire at a Southern California theater. We had been trying, hit and miss, to get people interested in funding the production of a dramatic series, released on DVD, by pre-purchasing it. That takes a lot of faith on the part of the consumer, and understandably, we only raised a small portion of what it cost to film the first show. Continue Reading »
… and don’t forget – we need your help to fund Episode 4. Please contribute today!
We had a meeting this week with a distributor/producer who seemed to know her business and her market, (“faith/inspiration”), very well. She said very early on she had an idea for an entertainment “brand,” along with the right people to produce it. By all appearances, she’s doing very well.
Does “Courage, New Hampshire” and “Colony Bay” have a brand?
I know there are marketing types who can ruminate with more precision on this subject, but my sense of “brand” is a signature that declares essential ingredients. Continue Reading »
Buying Directly: It could change everything
What we are doing at Courage, New Hampshire is not really being done anywhere else.
Conventional industry people get a funny look on their face when you tell them you’re doing a television show “on spec.” Some of them look as though they wish they had a chalk board, so they could diagram how it’s done: find broadcast partner, study what they do, pitch idea, find name talent, locate investors, produce pilot, wait to see if that sells enough lip gloss to “Twilight” fans and their moms. Continue Reading »
One of our associate producers, Monique Lewis, weighs in on the topic of “Ambition.” (The title of chapter 4)
For the past several days now, I have been mediating on the word: AMBITION.
When I think of ambition, I can only think of ambition as it pertains to people in the world and characters throughout Chapters 1-3 of “Courage, New Hamphire.”
(Shameless Plug: Decide for yourself, which character has the most ambition, by watching and purchasing the DVD HERE!)
Likewise, when I think of ambitious people, I think of those who live under the mindset of “good being the enemy of great.” They do not settle for “good enough.” They do not just want better; they want the BEST! Continue Reading »
Recognize any of these guys?
Do I know these guys? I would have known the first two faces, then I would have snapped my fingers, hit my head a few times, trying to remember the first guy’s name — ultimately to surrender and ask one of my kids. The second guy I would have recognized immediately for his role in Mad Men, but I wouldn’t have the slighest idea what his name might be. If IMDB is to be believed, the third guy is the #3 hottest actor in the world, but I wouldn’t have recognized his face or his name. Continue Reading »