The Coexistence of Founding Peoples

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Rediscovering Canada – Extraordinary Histories

“The Coexistence of Founding Peoples”

Where do we as a people define our history… define where and how our country began?  My recollections of my grade school history was blurred by the stories of other countries namely, England and the US.  We as Canadians seem to know more about the United States and the declaration of independence than Pierre Dugua de Mons entering Baie Française (the Bay of Fundy) in June of 1604.

The winter of 1604-1605 on Saint Croix Island (near Saint Andrews, New Brunswick) was a cruel one for Sieur de Mons’ French expedition which included cartographer Samuel Champlain. When winter descended, the  French were iced in by freezing temperatures and cut off from fresh water and game. Thirty-five settlers of seventy nine died a lingering death from scurvy, and were buried in a small cemetery on Saint Croix Island. As spring arrived and the indigenous peoples traded game for bread, the health of those remaining improved.

The colony moved to more suitable land on the south shore of Baie Française at Port Royal in 1605 in present day Nova Scotia.

To put this all in context… this was two years before the Jamestown settlement and three years before the founding of Quebec and a whole fifteen years before the Puritans landed at Plymouth.

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To what extent can we identify the development of our Canadian identity through our collective history?  We have to examine the coexistence of our founding peoples, whether it be Indigenous, French, Scots, or English or the multitude of other groups who have helped create modern Canada.

806-mp4-00_00_05_13-still001This film will explore the tiny area located in Nova Scotia between the locations of the first “habitation”, Port Royal along what is arguably the first road to be built in Canada east to the town of Annapolis Royal.

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Through reconstruction experimental archeology, our host Christopher Cooper, will demonstrate techniques of how buildings were built by the French in the early 17th century. We will visit the reconstructed 1605 Port Royal Habitation and Fort Anne, Canada’s oldest continuously-operated National Historic Site. Christopher will also visit with some of the people and characters who passionately share the story of the vast and sometimes complex history of the area.

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We hope that this film will bring to light how important our Canadian history is in the shaping of the Americas and instill a pride to celebrate all the peoples who contributed to making our nation great!


Film FYI

Intended audience: History buffs, fans of reconstruction experimental archeology and builds, national, local and provincial interest and interest in Canadian firsts in history.

Language: English, fully over-dubbed French version, foreign language subtitles (for second licence sales in Europe), as required.

Closed Captioning: Yes

Writers: Christopher Cooper, Ryan Scranton

Hosts: Christopher Cooper, Joe Beaudette and Ryan Scranton

Producer: Edifice Media

Post Production: My daddy made it studios Canada/UK

Location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Setting: On set during the build (reconstruction archeology) process. On location Nova Scotia, for interviews, and B-Reel of modern day Nova Scotia and the public attractions noted in this film.

Episode Length: 60 minutes

Format: Final deliverable broadcast 1080p HD

Audio: Dedicated sound recording, music score and dramatic sound effect enhancement.

Visual style: On pedestal on set, on location and interview, Steadicam for hand held shots, studio and on location lighting. Vibrant fast paced.

Series Trailer Available: Spring 2017

Deliverables: September 2017

Rediscovering Canada – Extraordinary Histories “The Fossmobile”

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Series Synopsis:

One early spring morning in 1897, with a fresh dusting of snow along the Magog River in Sherbrooke, Quebec the doors flew open on a little bicycle repair and machine shop. An odd little contraption was gently pushed out through the doors by its creator, a 20-year-old lad by the name of George Foote Foss. To say this little device of metal, rubber, wood and filled with ingenuity was different is an understatement! You see this is the first time an automobile utilizing a gasoline powered internal combustion engine met the road in Canada.

George climbed aboard his little machine opened the gas valve set the spark and sharply pulled up on a leather starting strap to bring the little car sputtering to life. He roared up and down the steep hills of Sherbrooke that day with ease, obtaining a breakneck cruising speed of 15 miles per hour (24 kilometres per hour). Heads turned, the good people of Sherbrooke were both amazed and I am sure a little frightened by this, the beginning of what was first thought of as a fad now an intrinsic part of our daily existence.

To put this all in context it was only a mere nine months earlier that Henry Ford’s Quadracycle was first to drive around the streets of Detroit, Michigan. And four years after the Duryea brothers first brought a gasoline powered vehicle to the streets of the United States.

One hundred and twenty years later our hosts’ Christopher Cooper, Joe Beaudette and Tom Cross will build an exact replica of the “Fossmobile.” What do our hosts’ have in common with George Foss? Christopher, Joe and Tom are not automobile experts nor auto engineers, neither was George Foss, he had to grope in the darkness like all the other early auto pioneers did in the late 19th century.

There are no plans just three scratchy photographs showing George’s little machine. Can we reverse engineer the little car from these old snapshots coupled with a few vague writings about how the car worked? And in the end, can we build a working Fossmobile to again roar to life up and down the streets of Sherbrooke?


Writer: Christopher Cooper

Hosts: Christopher Cooper, Joe Beaudette and Tom Cross.

Series Trailer Available: Spring 2017

Deliverables: September 2018


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