Brian Bird Looks Back on How WCTH Almost Didn’t Happen

Brian Bird, co-creator of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart,” lately seemed again on how the collection nearly did not occur. He revealed that the film that pre-dated the collection was as soon as a “damaged dream that we had no clue find out how to repair.”


He Said Looking Back at a 2009 Trailer for the Movie Gave Him a Good Cry

In a Facebook submit, Bird shared a reminiscence he initially posted in September 2009. He stated that at one level, that they had no concept if the dream of “When Calls the Heart” was going to ever come to fruition. But now, years later and dealing on the ninth season, he can see how all the pieces labored out.

Bird wrote:

#Hearties this reminiscence from Sept. 3, 2009, got here up in my feed just a few days in the past… and it gave me an excellent cry… due to all of the fears and emotions it introduced again. When we went via this crucible again in 2008-2009… there have been no such factor because the Hearties… not even a glimmer in our eyes… or 9 seasons of a TV show. It was a damaged dream that we had no clue find out how to repair. But 12 years later… God has used the Hearties to revive that dream in a much bigger means than we may ever have imagined. I hope this little video is a blessing to you at present!

In his unique submit in 2009, he had shared a sneak peek of the film that ended up being shared years earlier than its debut on The Hallmark Channel.

He wrote on the time: “As a few of you might have heard, Michael Landon, Jr., and I have been in the course of taking pictures a movie final yr when the meltdown occurred. We would admire all of your prayers as we work to complete the final 11 days of manufacturing, Lord-willing, this fall. It is the primary of of what we hope can be a model new franchise of movies from best-selling writer Janette Oke, who chances are you’ll keep in mind was the inspiration for the “Love Come Softly” collection of movies. Here now… a 3-minute sneak peak of ‘When Calls the Heart,’ starring Maggie Grace, Stephen Amell and Peter Coyote.”

Although he shared the sneak peek in 2009, it wasn’t till October 5, 2013, that the film lastly debuted. It preceded a January 2014 debut of the brand new collection.


Their Financing for the Movie Fell Apart During Filming in 2008

Bird shared in an article he wrote in 2014 that that they had a $4.8 million funds for the film, which was filming in Calgary, Alberta, in 2008. But with the Lehman Brothers’ and others’ monetary meltdowns, they misplaced their funding in the course of manufacturing and have been left with a half-finished film. They could not discover a answer for 3 years and have been nonetheless on the lookout for one when he posted the unique sneak peek on Facebook in 2009.

Bird shared that after the film shutdown in September 2008, he wasn’t even certain if his filmmaking profession would survive in any respect. He stated his personal pastor requested him why he thought the challenge could be straightforward and that he ought to persevere.

Ultimately, The Hallmark Channel expressed curiosity in having the film function a backdoor pilot for a six-episode first season. The remainder of the film was filmed in Romania.

For the primary a part of the film that they filmed, Maggie Grace performed Elizabeth and Stephen Arnell performed Wynn. However, they could not return to complete the film. Their tales served as a backdrop — tales in a journal that impressed Aunt Elizabeth’s niece, additionally named Elizabeth and performed by Poppy Drayton. Erin Krakow would later take over Drayton’s position as Elizabeth for the collection, and Daniel Sharman’s Mountie character would get replaced by Daniel Lissing’s Mountie.


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