My friends keep giving me good suggestions!
I sometimes forget that not everyone likes the details of history as much as I do. So, this latest version cuts out some of the "history lesson" slides. It also interjects some pictures, so that there is even less of a "classroom" feel. (Some of that feel, however, is necessary -- and thus intended -- for the opener. I want the movie viewer to identify with why the soldiers are on this mission.) Many thanks to "DD" (in Tennessee, not the one in Hollywood) for her time and excellent comments on this angle.
Another friend, who has a professional graphics background, commented that the original B&W slides were too stark. She suggested black print on a tan background. When she mentioned "tan", it made me think of "Rawhide". But, the closest good-quality background texture that I found was "parchment". So, to keep somewhat of a "leathery" look, I made the print dark brown instead of black. (If this ever goes into full production, then I'll put her in charge of giving the slides a "branded leather" look. She's very smart, and would be worth her portion of the zillions that she could help my movie to earn!)
Sat, 27 Dec 2014: This video was posted six months prior to the filming of the pilot episode of the TV drama series "Nashville", in which I've now filmed in a dozen episodes. A week or two ago, a publicity photo for the movie "American Sniper" (which features Eric Close, who portrays the mayor on "Nashvile") caused me to realize that, from certain angles, Eric has the same intense gaze as Clint Eastwood. (He's such a nice guy in real life that I had not made that connection when we've spoken in person.) On Twitter last week, I posted a comparison of the two men. It has now sparked a reaction from Eric Close fans, who are calling upon him to do another Western. At the time that this video was originally made and posted, my "dream choice" for the role of Rowdy Yates had been Tim McGraw. But, after doing the Eastwood/Close comparison photo, and having seen Eric's professionalism up-close on the set, I think that Eric would make an excellent Rowdy Yates. (Of course, in this "prequel", I would still want Clint Eastwood to portray the father of Rowdy Yates!!)