Category Archives: History
More Glorious Times Anon
In June of 1771, the travelling attorney, John Adams, then thirty-five years old, had this to record in his journal about a day on the circuit court:
Overtook Judge Cushing in his old curricle and two lean horses, and Dick, his negro, at his right hand, driving the curricle. This is the way of travelling in 1771;— a judge of the circuits, a judge of the superior court, a judge of the King’s bench, common pleas, and exchequer for the Province, travels with a pair of wretched old jades of horses in a wretched old dung-cart of a curricle, and a negro on the same seat with him driving. Continue Reading »
INSP Channel’s New 60 Second Promotion for Courage, New Hampshire
The promotion team at INSP released a new 60 second spot for the national cable debut of Courage, New Hampshire. Watch it here. This one is a beauty, hitting all the major themes: family, justice, danger, corruption, triumph. It’s absolutely rapid-fire too, a Courage roller coaster. Distilled. 80 proof. Like good spirits, it’s meant to share.
I was talking with Wilson about show trailers the other day, and I’ve come to the conclusion they actually alter the way you watch the show, or the movie itself. Continue Reading »
Well 2013 has already been an amazing year for Colony Bay and for our groundbreaking period drama Courage, New Hampshire!
The show has attracted a huge grassroots audience and now, as many of you may know, Colony Bay has a national broadcast partner, INSP! The Inspiration channel has a potential broadcast reach of 73 million viewers. Wahooo!
“We are very excited to make this announcement,” said INSP Senior VP of programming, Doug Butts. “Original scripted dramas are going to play a significant role in INSP’s future programming strategy. Continue Reading »
“Courage, New Hampshire” will have a national broadcast audience starting Memorial Day. (Details)
INSP (Inspiration Network) has a potential reach of 73 million viewers and their goal is the same as ours — produce more original period drama. According to INSP Senior Programming vice president Doug Butts, “The series was written using stories painstakingly derived from historical documents and personal letters. The dedication and attention to detail by Jim, his cast and crew have resulted in one of the highest quality productions on this topic I’ve ever seen.”
We’re excited to build our audience and lay the groundwork for more period drama. Continue Reading »
If you’ve been following Courage, you’ve been watching the exploits of one Reverend “Silence Laud,” marvelously portrayed by Rutgers-educated actor Donal Thoms-Cappello. Quite a few fans have demanded this particular villain receive some heavy measure of justice, and one fan has even detailed the precise methods of retribution, many of which I cannot share with a family audience, except to say they were inventive and prolonged.
From the very beginning of the Courage project, we wanted to mirror some of the spiritual conflict faced by our ancestors in both the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue Reading »
“Ambition” is currently in post-production. This episode, chapter 4 of a Courage, New Hampshire miniseries, (otherwise known as “season one”), promises to be a real thriller.
You can watch the “Ambition” trailer Here!
Before the end of filming, and as I promised, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Kathryn Gallagher, who is the art director for Courage.
One of the hardest working crews on the set is the art department.
They work tirelessly and scrupulously to bring in props and “dress” sets to add life and color to each scene. Continue Reading »
Whew! What a week. These past few days have been crazy. We finally have a little bit of a break from shooting.
With only two days left of filming Episode 4, I have my work cut out for me! I still have to get a lot of “behind-the-scenes” interviews for you guys!
In any case, please pardon my delay between posts. As promised, I had time to sit and chat with Mary Johns who is the costumer for “Courage, New Hampshire.” She has her two sisters, Abby and Anna, who also work with her as assistant costumers. Continue Reading »
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It all starts with culture, with story.
If you don’t like what is going on around you, blame it on art. We are what we mythologize. We might even be what we leave running on the television.
I just took a network at random. ABC. Continue Reading »
When we look back on the great accomplishments of the late 18th century — embattled farmers standing their ground at Lexington and Concord, the timeless language of the Declaration, the homage the centuries have paid to the Bill of Rights — we tend to see the victories and not the character of the people who achieved them.
We know they won, but we rarely study how or why.
If we found ourselves somewhere in New England on a Sabbath morning, in 1771, even the most devout among us might find the traditions strange. Continue Reading »
Not Every Order Should be Obeyed
The Brittany Rebellion of 1771
Most enlisted soldiers cringe at the very thought of disobeying a superior officer. As Washington wrote, “the soul of the army is discipline,” and the very enterprise of war can’t move forward if every battle strategy required a vote. Certainly, even rogue drill sergeants need to be obeyed, on most every routine occasion.
Having had a few friends, however, who graduated from West Point, and another who served as a combat Marine officer in Vietnam, I can tell you that the more educated the soldier, and the more familiar he is with western history, the more likely he is to debate which orders need to be obeyed, which need to be ignored, and which need to be openly and publicly defied. Continue Reading »