Author Archives: James Riley
Piecing it Together
We inadvertently stumbled onto a pretty big industry party the other night. Mary and I were off to see a friend’s concert and we booked a room at Pasadena’s historic Langham Hotel, and, frankly, we fell into a crowd that was a tad intimidating. There we were in our three year old Honda CRV, jockeying our way into a long, rude line of traffic for valet parking, and we were surrounded by Lincoln Town Cars, Mercedes, Bentleys, and host of smaller, but politically correct hybrids. Continue Reading »
If you’ve been following our posts on Facebook, you know that last week, we called in cast and crew to shoot some second season footage and that we’ve been issuing invitations for crowd funding. Our hard-working director of photography, Drew Ganyer, used three cameras for this last shoot, all hand held, and it made for some really intimate fluid perspectives on what will be a flashback scene with the Pine family (above).
Even though we shot eleven pages of script in about 12 hours, (a very fast pace for us), we wound up generating so much footage, that I spent the better part of last week doing what I would call a “smooth rough cut,” syncing up all the sound and assembling the best takes into one reasonably finished looking scene. Continue Reading »
Some years ago, I worked this up for the Riley’s Farm website, and my cousin Lani reminded me of the details tonight…
My Third Cousin 8 Times Removed..Or..
“Samuel Adams Great Grandfather, Henry Adams, was my 10th Great Grandfather.”
|Henry Adams& Edith Squire|
|Ursula Adams||Joseph Adams|
|Stephen Streeter||John Adams|
|John Streeter||Samuel Adams|
(Father of the American Revolution)
|William Spencer Snow|
|Beatrice Snow Winsor|
|Beatrice Winsor Riley|
|James Patrick Riley|
|“At the close of the drill a hollow square was formed, into which advanced Major John Mills, then first selectman, who delivered to each man a quarter of a pound of powder, and vendued their dinner for the coming muster-day to the lowest bidder,
the materials for which were to be, as declared in his own words, ‘good fresh beef, well baked or roasted, good wheat bread well baked; good old cider or new cider well worked.”–Edward Field, The Colonial Tavern
The Performance Art Angle
Our fundraising campaign for season II is now in full swing and you can make your tax-deductible donation here. Do it right now before you forget!
Several years ago the producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart called and asked if I would appear on the program. This was shortly after Dr. Phil’s producer called and asked the same thing. Our extended family was having a bit of a feud and they wanted us to appear in living history attire and hash out our disagreements on air for the amusement of the audience. Continue Reading »
August to December, 1771
“Courage, New Hampshire” is fiction, of course, but we try to base many of the episodic plot points around actual news that took place in New Hampshire and the surrounding New England colonies. Here’s just a glimpse of things taking place in the latter half of 1771, large and small. If you were on our writing team, what would you do with this timeline?
The conclusion of the Regulator rebellion in North Carolina, with the news of death sentences arriving in New England by the end of July, must have given New Hampshire patriots some pause. Continue Reading »
We didn’t catch this when we were filming, and we didn’t even see it after several edits, but when were getting a promotion ready, my twelve year old pointed it out to me. Watch carefully. It takes a while for your eyes to catch up to it.
Catching up with Courage, New Hampshire
Welcome: This last week brought our show to a national audience on INSP, and the newcomers have questions. Is this the end? Will there be more? Is this a true story? What happened to __________ ? One viewer said, and I was flattered by this, “wow, it looks like there’s a lot more to this story.” There were a few, God bless ‘em, who just missed Little House on the Prairie. We have a large following among living historians and Revolutionary War Reenactors, and a lot of them want to know when we’ll get to bigger battle scenes. Continue Reading »
Most everyone in film and television agree on a fairly simple rule: it’s all about story. Everything else — from wardrobe to sound to score to art direction to cinematography — can be downright breathtaking, but if the story isn’t there, it won’t amount to much.
Still, even if the rule is simple, the reality isn’t. Almost everything you could ever hope to do, in life, is far more simple than telling a story well.
So you say you have to crawl around under houses and re-connect sewer pipes that are on the verge of breaking? Continue Reading »