Principal Photography Begins on HFW Doc.

Red Diamond Films is proud to have completed the next day of principal photography for the Historic Fort Wayne documentary. To date, the team has completed the majority of the interview with John R. Weaver II.  John is an expert in Third System Forts and the Northern Frontier Forts, both mid-19th Century fortifications used by the United States. He’s the “what does this part do” guy.

We interviewed John at several places around Historic Fort Wayne and let him explain what all the parts of the Fort are called and why they were built in the manner they were. It was a great help to get this amount of detail about the structure so many men served at.

John is also the author of “A Legacy in Brick and Stone: American Coastal Defense Forts of the Third System, 1816 – 1867” which will soon go to print in an expanded, second edition.

We were aided in the shoot by John’s wife Carol and our friend Jeremy Bevard, a fellow historian and co-owner of the website. We are excited with the progress and are looking forward to the next day of filming where we plan to complete John’s interview and continue moving forward on the documentary.






Red Diamond Films is proud to announce production of a documentary about the history of Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit. This project is being shot in partnership with the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition (HFWC). The HFWC is a 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Fort and education of the public about its role in Michigan and American history.

Production began in June with the interview of James Conway. Besides being the Fort’s manager, Mr. Conway is a noted historian of the site and co-author of the book “Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne.” We were thrilled to do the first part of his interview in the restored Spanish American War Guard House, a structure he had a large role in restoring.

The documentary will tell the story of Historic Fort Wayne and the land is sits on from the time of the first settlers, through the settling of Detroit, to America’s Independence and early years when the Fort was built. Then it will follow the Fort’s military history from the American Civil War to the Vietnam conflict and finish with the Fort’s current role as a City of Detroit park and historic site. The documentary is scheduled to be released in June 2015.