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“So Spirited A People as the Americans” New Hampshire June 1770

May 23, 2011 by James Riley

Taking note of what the good citizens of New Hampshire were reading in the summer of 1770.  The Boston Massacre On June 29, 1770, the New Hampshire Gazette reported that London papers had just arrived in Boston.   The news of the Boston Massacre arrived in England on the 22nd of April, (48 days after the event).    In response […]

Production Log May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011 by James Riley

We were short a little connective tissue for the first episode, (transition takes) so we shot some time interval footage of the sun rising on a stone wall, Silas bringing in a lantern, and Silas observing the distant horizon through the window, in anticipation of a storm.    I have experienced a few midwestern winters, and […]

Salesmen in Black French Berets(Distribution is Art)

May 19, 2011 by James Riley

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

On Working With Family and Friends..

May 19, 2011 by James Riley

James Riley talks about Drew Ganyer and Lighting…

May 18, 2011 by James Riley

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

A Glimpse of Courage Music

May 17, 2011 by James Riley

Pick-up Shots

May 14, 2011 by James Riley

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

May 13, 2011 by James Riley

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

May 11, 2011 by James Riley

 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 […]

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