Author Archives: James Riley
Parental Warning: a few scenes in Turn may not be
appropriate for younger children and teenagers.
Almost from the moment of its rumored pre-production, I’ve been asked by friends and fans of Courage what I thought about the new Revolutionary War spy series, “Turn” on AMC. A few folks even appear sheepish about it — as though embarrassed to be asking about the competition. That’s flattering, because the rumored budget for this 10 episode series is $32 million, and Courage, well, didn’t have quite that much money to spend. Continue Reading »
Mortified in light of the recent Dartmouth “Fiesta” fiasco, we offer our
apologies for words we may have used without even thinking…
First off, an apology.
For too long now, I have apparently failed to thank the people of New Hampshire for allowing me to use the term “New Hampshire.” They have also graciously permitted me to use words like “Keene” and “Portsmouth,” and with the exception of one very shrill reenactor lady who traipses around her ranch house in Marie Antoinette finery, there has been nothing but pure tolerance and praise for my New Hampshire based television production “Courage, New Hampshire,” even though I hail from California. Continue Reading »
Golf memories with my dad…
I really should be a better golfer. My dad — who was so poor as a child he never really knew how to stop working later in life — allowed himself one semi-unrestrained pleasure: golf clubs, a cart (if it was absolutely required), and a round of golf, perhaps, on average once a month. He did build a mountain cabin vacation home on a golf course, as well, and we grew up playing the three closest holes, over and over, after hours in the summer. Continue Reading »
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. Governor Wentworth takes a two week horse ride to Dartmouth for the first graduation ceremony. According to one account, he and his entourage had a little too much to drink. A scarlet fever-like illness hits Duxboro, in Massachusetts, killing off entire families. Portsmouth Tavern keeper John Stavers — angry about new competitors — has a public snit about his stage coach service to Boston. New York and New Hampshire men get in a fight over Vermont territory. The building of a Connecticut church kills two as a beam falls to the floor. Continue Reading »