Musketeer Combat Weekend

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One of the most important elements of creating an action packed adventure series is to actually have some action. So last weekend we assembled our cast for their first weekend of “combat training” with the fantastic ID – Independant Drama fight team to get them trained up in the art of stabbing. Ronin Traynor and Dita Tantang were on hand to teach our actors to fight using rapier and dagger, a task they took to with great enthusiasm. To see more photos from the weekend check out our Flickr page by clicking here.

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After a day of fighting our musketeers took to the local pub. Let’s just say that what happens on the combat weekend should stay on the combat weekend, and the following day was met with somewhat less enthusiasm. However we had cause for celebration as we were joined by our newest cast member Toby Lord, the third Scot to join our team. This was the first of many training days for our actors.

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The importance of authenticity on screen can’t be emphasized enough. When we get to France and begin to shoot the full series the actors will have an enormous task on their hands with all the riding and fighting involved, and obviously their safety is paramount. We have a way to go on the road to The First Musketeer but by September our actors will be throwing swords around without a second thought… if they last that long…

Musketeers Assemble!

Pablo Olewski The First Musketeer

After a short break from fooling around with words and swords The First Musketeer is back on the tracks, the first stop being the cast read-through and interviews.

After welcoming actor Ryan Spong to our cast as Aramis we were finally able to get everyone together and hear how the script really works with the actors who now own the parts.

It all went well and after some final adjustments we have settled on a final draft which we hope will both inspire new audiences as well as do justice to fans of the original books by Dumas.

After finishing the read-through we moved onto the Actor’s interviews.

Edward Mitchell The First Musketeer

As the cast was all getting along so well, fight scenes aside, we decided to shoot a group interview and hear everyone’s opinions on the project so far, the results of which can be seen on our YouTube channel –

I hope you enjoy the video, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page for extra photos and info.

Next stop equestrian antics and fun with swords…

Start The Year As You Mean To Go On…

They say you should start the year as you mean to go on, so I’m starting the year in the stunning south of France at some of the locations we’ll be using for the web series.

As our series is being shot entirely on location the importance of finding the perfect “Musketeer” look is paramount. Fortunately the area we have chosen to film in is by no means lacking in suitable landscapes and architecture.

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So where is this magical area we have chosen to film? For those of you who know the south of France you may be unsurprised to hear we are shooting in and around the Lot and the Dorgodgne, famous for their beautiful medieval towns and Chateaux.

If you’re interested to see more about the locations take a look at our latest Pinterest Board, where I have gathered a number of photos of the locations we plan on using next summer: Pinterest Lot and Dordogne Locations

Rehearsals 12/12/12

Yesterday was a particularly exciting chapter in The First Musketeer’s story, because it was the first day of fight training! There is little I enjoy more than a clash of swords first thing in the morning and yesterday morning was right on the mark.

With Choreography by the very talented Charles Barrett aka Porthos, who happens to be a prize wining fencer, the routine he and Edward Mitchell rehearsed was thrilling to say the least. Keep your eyes open for footage from the day to be uploaded soon…

The second half of the day was slightly less energetic, with scenes from next year’s series being worked through.

It was a day of first meetings. We rehearsed when Porthos first meets Athos, and when Athos first meets Marion, both with rather violent consequences. I won’t give too much away but watch the rehearsal video to be uploaded soon for more sneak peeks into the world of The First Musketeer…

And of course, no day is complete without a bit of Dirty Dancing.