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Episode 5

Thomas Eastmond - Part 1

Longtime Riley's Farm friend, attorney, surfer, screenwriter and father of five, Thomas Eastmond drops by the Hawk's Head to talk with Jim about the law, his writing projects, Bruce Jenner and more.

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Thomas Eastmond - Part 1 Jul 2, 2015

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Episode 4

Napoleon Ryan - Part 2

In part 2, Jim talks with Napoleon about British influence on American culture, what makes a great film, his recent wedding and his character's future in Courage, New Hampshire.

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Napoleon Ryan - Part 2 Jun 18, 2015

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Episode 4

Napoleon Ryan - Part 1

English actor Napoleon Ryan (aka "Governor Wentworth") dropped by the Hawk's Head Tavern to talk with Jim about growing up in England, attending Oxford and the types of roles he enjoys playing.

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Napoleon Ryan - Part 1 Jun 17, 2015

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Episode 3

Pastor Randy Gibson

Longtime Riley's Farm friend Pastor Randy Gibson drops by the Hawk's Head to chat with Jim about theology, his struggle with Lyme Disease and the recent revelations about Bill Gothard's organization.

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Pastor Randy Gibson Jun 6, 2015

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Episode 2

Phil Lollar - Part 2

In Part 2, Jim talks with Phil about Biblical story, classic Hollywood and Christian film making ... and Jim gives Phil a few Riley's Farm souvenirs. (24 minutes)


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Phil Lollar - Part 2 May 17, 2015

Salesmen in Black French Berets(Distribution is Art)

I have a humiliating confession to make.  I actually allowed myself to watch the first twenty minutes of

On Working With Family and Friends..

James Riley talks about Drew Ganyer and Lighting…

Okay, for subscribers only, a discussion of lighting and DP Drew Ganyer’s great lighting on a small budget.  

A Glimpse of Courage Music

Pick-up Shots

Today, we’re going to do a pick-up shot of Abraham Foxe questioning one of the witnesses in the tavern court house.     The editors have finished first and 2nd draft cuts of the entire first episode, but we discovered one closeup that we never locked down during the first round. Not bad for a […]

Next Episode II

To better understand the life of the common New Hampshire farmer/patriot of the 1770s, we draw heavily on

The Next Episode — Summer of 1770

 Stories are about characters in conflict, not what Nabokov (I think) called “topical trash.” You can’t just track down an incident from history, or a trend, or a famous person and lock them all in a jar and claim your “narrative bottle” now has weight. That will earn you a sympathy nod, but it usually injures the […]

First Impressions

For my first experience with Courage, NH I was asked to come out to Riley’s Farm, as director of photography, to shoot a

The Dream

Gunsmoke,  Bonanza,  Andy Griffith, The Swamp Fox, Cheers, Frasier, and–um, don’t be scandalized by this: