The First Musketeer Season 1 Clips

Over the last few weeks we have released a number of clips from Season 1 of The First Musketeer on our official YouTube Channel. Just in case anyone has missed them we’ve curated them all here.

Clip 1 introduces us to the mysterious Marion (Nicole O’Neill) as she meets the troubled Athos (Edward Mitchell) for the first time:

Clip 2 sees Lazare (Tony Sams) share a little about his past, as Porthos (Charles Barrett) and Ghislain (Paul McMaster) clash swords:

Clip 3 introduces our villain, The Pilgrim (Sean Knopp), who seeks information from one of his many court spies (Mariya Mizuno):

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So what is The First Musketeer actually about?

The First Musketeer is a mini series, to be released in 2014. It is a prequel to The Three Musketeers, set around 6 years before Alexandre Dumas’ novel. It is an origin story for the three main characters and uses the back stories provided throughout Dumas’ Musketeer books to track back in time to when the Three Musketeers first met. Similarly to Dumas, we have also used real historical events to inspire the adventures that our young Musketeers go on, the first of which leads them to the younger Richelieu, who has been banished from the court in Paris to Avignon.

For those of you not as familiar with the books here is a character breakdown for the original characters in Dumas’ books, to explain where they are when we first meet them. Be warned; there may be the occasional book spoiler if you read ahead!

Character Breakdown:

Athos: Athos is a troubled young man, who has run away from his old life as the Comte de la Fere, after a tragic event involving a mysterious young woman named Anne.

Porthos: Porthos is a contradiction. He likes nothing more than to show off, but keeps his real life a mystery. He hides behind a gilded exterior, and wishes for nothing more than to one day become a rich nobleman.

Aramis: Aramis is studying to take his Holy Orders in the church. Unfortunately his penchant for attractive women has a tendency to get in the way of his religious path.

Richelieu: Most people will know this character as the powerful Cardinal Richelieu, but in our series he is not yet a Cardinal, and is the Bishop of Lucon. King Louis XIII is currently on the throne, but ascending to the throne at such a young age meant that his mother, Queen Marie, had to act as regent. Growing angry at the Queen’s hold on power, King Louis XIII and his favourite courtier, Charles D’Albert, The Duke of Luynes, had the Queen banished to Blois, along with her closest allies, and due to Richelieu’s close relationship with Marie he too was sent off to Avignon.

Anne de Breuil/Milady De Winter: Anne is a character from Athos’ past. He meets her in his village and falls in love with her. After marrying her he discovers that she is not all she pretends to be, which causes a tragic event leading to the fall of Athos (then known as Olivier, the Comte de la fere) as he runs away from his old life in an attempt to escape the memories of his past.

 

On Set Vlogs

Due to extreme time constraints while shooting in France the team didn’t have a lot of spare time to get Behind the Scenes footage, but during the rare moments when Neil Oseman, our Director of Photography, had a minute on set, he self taped a couple of lighting tutorials. It’s a good chance for a little sneak peek at what went on last September.

 

 

Horsing Around

Musketeers on Horseback

As the main method of transport for any self respecting Musketeer, the noble horse was an important addition to The First Musketeer team.

Duke de Luynes on horseback

But it’s not quite as simple as turning up on set and asking your horses to be patient with the crew while they set up. This is why it was essential for our actors to learn how to ride before embarking on the series.

Fortunately a number of of actors were already expert riders, including Charles Barrett who can regularly be seen in the UK with the stunt riding team Atkinson Action Horses.

The Musketeers find a horse, Athos, Porthos

On our series we were assisted by the very talented team at Centre Equestre du Passe-Temps, who lent us the use of their beautiful horses for the duration of the shoot.

But of course, the horses don’t just stand around all day waiting for us to make a film, they have their own day jobs teaching people how to ride, and taking them out on adventures across the southern French countryside.

If you fancy learning to ride like a Musketeer, there are a number of packages to choose from, whether you’re a beginner who wants to enjoy the views of the Dordogne on horseback, or an expert looking for something a bit more adventurous.

If you’re interested in booking a riding holiday, or in finding out more information, you can contact the centre directly at this address: info@dupassetemps.com

And in the meantime, meet Athos’ horse:

Athos on Horseback