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2011

Produced by Michael A. Dobbin, Quiet Revolution Pictures, Ottawa, "Eddie" is a co-production with Majika Pictures 
and Denmark's Fridthjof Films
with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute


©Photos by Lois Siegel

Miriam Norgaard and Michael Dobbin
Producers

Filming of the  feature-length dark comedy
 is in the Ottawa/Gatineau area
.

Shooting is taking place in Val des Monts, Quebec for two weeks.
Other locations include Russell/Vars, and Carlsbad Springs.

The off-beat movie is the satirical story of a once-famous painter
who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends
 a sleepwalking cannibal named Eddie.

February 2, 2011
Russell village starts in feature film project
by Gregg Chamberlain
The News
 
RUSSELL -  February began with a Ground Hog Day snow storm, but for many residents of Russell that is not the real excitement. It’s knowing that in a few weeks time their village will become part of a big-screen movie project.

“We’re quite chuffed about it,” said Terry Robinson, co-owner/operator of The Russell House Pub, one of the sites scouted as a possible setting for some of the interior
scenes for Eddie.

The whole of the National Capital Region will see film crews driving around for location shooting on Eddie, a joint Canada-Denmark production through a partnership between Ottawa producer Michael Dobbin’s Quiet Revolution Pictures, Montréal’s Majika Pictures Inc., and Denmark’s Fridthjof Film. Telefilm Canada is providing some federal
 government investment in the project.

Boris Rodriguez, writer/director of Eddie, is eager to get started on actual shooting
 as soon as the weather settles and final location scouting is done.


©Photos by Lois Siegel
Boris Rodriguez

“The National Capital is the ideal setting for this movie,” he stated in a press release (photo courtesy Lois Siegel). “I’m really looking forward to working here.”

Rodriguez’ past projects include Havana Kids, and Beso Nocturno. Eddie is a horror-comedy about a once-famous painter who rediscovers inspiration through an unexpected source.

It is one of several film projects on the go from Quiet Revolution Pictures. Dobbin’s company is also working with international partners on a musical drama,
The Maiden Danced, which features scenes shot in Ottawa’s The Glebe neighbourhood,
and the action-comedy, The Way of Survival, now in development.


©Photos by Lois Siegel
Thure Lindhardt during a shoot at the Russell House Pub

March 9, 2011

From Russell to Cannes
by Gregg Chamberlain
The News
 
One of the last storms of the season couldn’t wait for March to come roaring in. The snows of February 28 created occasional white-out conditions for drivers during their morning commute before switching to an icy rain and then back to snow again.
Outside the Russell House Pub that morning, the parking lot was already full at 9 a.m., but not with the usual pub patrons, even though inside “drinkers” occupied several of the tables at the far end of the room and a bartender was busy wiping down the counter before serving up a shot glass to a
pale-haired, morose-looking customer.
“We’re locking it up, people! Quiet!” A man steps forward with a clapper, snaps it shut. “Action!”
It is the last week of filming on the Eddie movie project, a dark comedy about a successful and famous painter and his strange almost Svengali-like relationship with a mute young man with a disturbing predilection for killing things while he sleepwalks. Today it’s Russell’s turn to shine in front of the cameras as part of the scenery for the fictitious rural Ontario community of Koda Lake.
Russell House Pub is serving as the local bar in the imaginary town, where Lars, the world-famous artist (Thure Lindhardt) surveys the patrons, speculating on who might be worthless or bad enough to merit an encounter with Eddie (Dylan Smith) and serve as the inspiration for another
 future masterpiece of dark art.


©Photos by Lois Siegel
Eddie
Dylan Smith

“Cut! That’s great!” The camera crew starts to break things down while writer-director Boris Rodriguez and several others head over to the Town & Country Video store around the block to check out whether or not the parking lot might still be suitable for shooting the next scenes, involving Eddie and some bullies, and later Lars and his love interest in Koda Lake.
It’s no good. Thanks to the rain, the now-icy parking lot pavement makes shooting outside difficult, at best, if not impossible. Inside, maybe? The store owners are happy to accommodate.
And that is what the movie business is like, observes Rodriguez, during a noon-hour interview while he grabs a quick lunch before the afternoon’s shoot at Town & Country.
Adapt a scene to the conditions that exist, and get that shot.
“We started with non-stop rain this morning,” Rodriguez said, smiling. “Now there’s non-stop snow outside. But we’ve been very lucky to have very snowy settings. It’s a very picturesque movie.”
Michael Dobbin, the Canadian co-producer on the Eddie movie project, is very happy with how the shooting and the post-production editing through their Danish partners is progressing. The original plan for the Canada-Denmark co-production was to present it this fall at the Toronto Film Festival. Dobbin is now looking at the possibility of a more prestigious debut for the dark comedy.
“We will have a cut ready for the Cannes Film Festival this May,” he said.
 “We will be sending the completed film there.”


©Photos by Lois Siegel
Michael Dobbin, Producer


Which also makes Ronnie Fridthjof, Danish co-producer, happy. His company has had work debut and win critics choice awards at Cannes, and he has high hopes for Eddie, both as a film festival entry and also as a box-office draw back home in Denmark. Part of the reason being the rural settings offered by Russell and other parts of Eastern Ontario and Québec’s Gatineau region.
“I think the Canadian backdrop is a wonderful place to do this story,” Fridthjof said. “There’s something magical about going overseas to shoot. When I tell people (back home) we’re doing this in Canada, they go ‘Wow!’ You see, not many Danes have been to Canada, and there is something mysterious about it, something romantic.”
Besides being a good selling point when the movie hits the big screen in Denmark theatres and a potential audience of four million regular moviegoers there, Canada has proven both an exciting and a comfortable place for Fridthjof and his Danish crew to work in, and he would very much like to come back.
“You (Canadians) are very European,” he said. “What does that mean? It means you’re very open-minded, you’re very helpful, you have a great attitude but you’re still not ‘too much’. The Americans have a way of being ‘too much’. It’s a bit artificial. Whereas you have heart in what you do, heart in what you say. You actually mean it when you say ‘How are you?’ I am so intrigued with Canada. It’s a beautiful country, and I love the people here. It’s definitely not my last movie project in Canada.”
And another chance for Russell or some other part of Prescott-Russell starring in a movie project? Dobbin does not rule out the possibility.
“We’re a film company based in Ottawa,” he said. “We did three films last year and expect to do three or four more in the next year. It all depends, but, yes, a very good chance.”
Cut. Print. Fade to black.

Local bodies snatch production parts for Cannibal theme flick near Wakefield, Quebec

Lucy Scholey

by Lucy Scholey on March 10, 2011

Photos by Lois Siegel


Frederic Edwards,  Sound Mixer

A sleepwalking cannibal is on the loose and a few Wakefield, Quebec residents have a hand in the grisly details. If you’re worried you’ll wake up missing an eyeball or minus a few brains, do not fear. But you might be too afraid to watch Ottawa’s latest feature film.

Colleen Marchand and Frederic Edwards are two of the area people involved in the production of Eddie, a Canadian-Danish co-production about a former artist who finds inspiration after meeting the film’s namesake, who has a sleep disorder and harbours a sordid secret.

Some of the scenes in the dark comedy were shot in the Ottawa and Outaouais regions during the past month, including Dam Lake and McGregor Lake in Val-des-Monts.

“Wakefield is so small, but one night a fifth of the crew were from Wakefield,” said Marchand, the film’s art designer, who hired a few fellow Wakefielders to work on the set-construction crew.

That particularly frigid night in Val-des-Monts involved fake body parts, a Ski-Doo and set carpenter John McAlpine posing as the lead’s body double.

“He’s got garbage bags of body parts,” Marchand said, recalling McAlpine cruising the ice-bound  lake. “It’s pretty wonky.”


Colleen Marchand

Although Marchand has no knowledge of the movie budget, she says it’s low based on her having designed previous sets in her 20 years of experience in the industry.

While Marchand was shopping for fake body parts within budget, Edwards, the sound mixere, was recording Eddie’s grunts. Edwards, a Wakefield native and husband of former Solstice owner Roberta Bouchard, has freelanced for 15 feature films, but often works smaller productions like made-for-TV movies.

“It’s fun because it’s actually a story,” he said about Eddie. “This is more like a real movie.”

Production wrapped up March 4 and both Marchand and Edwards have other work lined up.

Stay tuned for Eddie in theatres. For more information, check out the film’s production company (Quiet Revolution Pictures) website at www.qrpictures.com.

March 2, 2011
Orléans resident works on bloody thriller
By Allendria Brunjes
Orleans Star

Orléans resident Lois Siegel is working as a unit publicist and photographer for the feature film, Eddie. (Photo: Provided)
Photo: Rodrigo Bolaños

Orléans resident Lois Siegel is working as a unit publicist and photographer
 for the feature film Eddie.

Lately, "another day at the office" for Lois Siegel includes watching someone stuff body parts in a bag and taking pictures of jet-setting directors.

And she loves it.

"It's great fun," she said. "I'm learning a lot, and it's great."

The Orléans resident is part of a crew of people that started shooting Eddie in the Ottawa region Feb. 7 and will continue until March 4. Eddie, which has the support of Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute, is a dark comedy about a sleepwalking cannibal.

Siegel said she has worked on feature films before as a casting director and photographer, but this is the first time she has worked as a unit publicist. Siegel's extensive résumé includes skills that range through musical and visual, from playing fiddle with the Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble to working on "Gambling Boys" for The Passionate Eye on CBC.

"It's interesting for me, because I'm learning a lot," she said. "I'm also the photographer on this, so it's double duty."

The crew has been moving around the Ottawa region to film, from Russell-Prescott and Vars to Val-Des-Monts. She said interactions on this film set tend to be friendly, and she has really enjoyed working on it.

"Every film is different," she said. "It's great. The people are great. There's no real tension that I've run across."

Siegel, who is originally from the United States, has lived in Orléans since 1992 and was in Montreal before that. She said she moved to the area because it was a compromise between her teaching work at John Abbott College in Montreal and her husband's job in the west end of Ottawa.

"I really like Orléans; I'm really happy that we moved here," she said. "I'm no longer still teaching at John Abbott College, but we're still living in Orléans. I really like it."

February 9, 2011
Direct spending by local film industry hits $23M
By Elizabeth Howell
The Ottawa Business Journal

Elizabeth Howell

Michael Dobbin of Quiet Revolution Pictures says production office space can be difficult to find. (Photo by Lois Siegel)
Photo by Lois Siegel
 

Michael Dobbin of Quiet Revolution Pictures says production office space can be difficult to find.

As business heats up, sector seeks permanent studio space

After several years honing his craft in Europe, Ottawa-born film producer Michael Dobbin had itchy feet for home soil in 2006.

As he looked for a place to set up camp in Canada, Mr. Dobbin said he shied away from the usual film epicentres of Montreal and Toronto, opting instead to come back to his hometown.

“Ottawa is the perfect place to do (business); it has paid off because ... we’re able to make stories in a more European model, with a higher focus on story and performance and craft,” said Mr. Dobbin, who now runs Quiet Revolution Pictures Inc.

Taking a few minutes for an interview while shooting scenes for Eddie, a dark-comedy film about a painter finding inspiration from a sleepwalking cannibal, Mr. Dobbin said business has been steady for his firm since coming back.

“Ottawa is the perfect place to do it, and because we’re not in Toronto or Montreal, we’re not competing for the same spaces. It gives us an advantage over other colleagues in other cities.”

According to the Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Corp., things have never been better. And with business picking up, it is high time for the local industry to find some more studio space.

In Ottawa and surrounding areas, there were 598 shooting days in 2010 across 79 separate productions, up from 403 shooting days in 2009.

What interested OGFT director Roch Brunette more was how much direct spending took place in Ottawa in 2010: $23 million, more than double the $9 million in 2009.

“2009 was not a banner year for anyone; the economy was not doing that well, and that closed down (productions) everywhere, but that was just one factor. The second factor is, we’re doing our homework and it’s starting to show.”

Mr. Brunette and other industry insiders are working on a business plan for a multi-purpose creative industries facility – basically, a ready-built location to shoot movies in studio and do production work on-site.

First formally proposed in a 2008 feasibility study, the facility would include two large studios, a sound stage, a production office and a green screen.

The business plan would not be ready until at least September, but the idea already has traction among some local filmmakers, said Mr. Dobbin.

“Production office space is difficult to find; we rely on short-term leases to set up the infrastructure every time – phones and Internet and studio space,” he said.

Particularly for science-fiction films, which usually require prepared space, “it would be great to walk into a place and have it ready.”

Three investors have confirmed their interest in the facility, Mr. Brunette said, which would be located near the Ottawa International Airport on about 10 acres of land. It’s a location close to highway access but also with plenty of outdoor and indoor shooting space.

The aim is to present Ottawa as a “serious second-tier” film production market similar to locations like Halifax, he said.

But for the coming summer, Mr. Brunette said it would be a juggling act.

“We have no infrastructure in terms of sound stage; nowhere to go. I am scrambling for controlled environments to offer in terms of studio space.

“Regardless of what people say about Montreal and Toronto, their studio space is overbooked. A lot of people (in Ottawa) need those environments, too.”

March 17, 2011
Locally-produced film hopes to win over skeptical fans
Ottawan has high hopes for Eddie,
his new dark comedy
By Eddie Rwema
Ottawa This Week - Central


Locally-produced film hopes to win over skeptical fans.
Producer Michael Dobbin looks forward to seeing "Eddie" premiering
at the Toronto International Film Festival this summer. Eddie Rwema

After wrapping up a frigid winter film shoot in the area, an Ottawa-based producer is optimistic his latest film will show that Canadian filmmakers can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their more popular American counterparts. The film, called Eddie, is a satirical dark-comedy about a once-famous painter who finds new inspiration after he befriends a sleepwalking cannibal.

 

 

Produced by Michael Dobbin, "Eddie" was shot here in February, and it is currently in its post-production phase.

“The footage looks great, the performances were very fantastic, and the cinematography is stellar. It’s going to be a very good film,” said Dobbin

He was full of praise for the crews here in Ottawa for braving freezing cold temperatures during the four-week shoot that ended March 4.

“It was a tough shoot. Filming in winter is difficult but we got there in the end and we are really happy with the results,” Dobbin said. “They were particularly good at dealing with the cold weather and the timeframes that we had.

“We were only able to do it because they were able to run the marathon with us.”

Dobbin, who runs Quiet Revolution Pictures Inc., said Ottawa worked very well for the story, which is set in a fictional Ottawa-area town called Koda Lake.

“Ottawa is a great city. The quality of life is amazing and people here don’t seem to know it,” he said. “It is a very film friendly city, people are very supportive of the film here and it is a very good stepping stone to the world.”

Dobbin, who grew up in the Glebe and currently resides in Old Ottawa South, thinks "Eddie" will challenge those that still don’t value Canadian made films.

“Canadian distributors are not really paying attention because their business is not to distribute Canadian film; their business is to distribute American films,” he said.

He thinks its high time Canadians started taking a closer look at what the industry is selling them.

“Why is a small town in Ottawa any less interesting than a small town in the U.S.?” Dobbin said. “It is an issue that needs to be addressed in order for our films to be successful.”

Recently, he said, there has been increased volume of work coming in to the Ottawa region. His business model has been to co-produce films internationally because then he can rely on the foreign market if the domestic one lets him down.

“It sounds like a backwards way of doing it, but it is the only way at the moment.”

He hopes to see "Eddie" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

There will be an Ottawa premiere for the cast and crew, likely at the end of the summer.

Dobbin’s past work as a producer includes director Toni Harman’s debut horror film "The Devil’s Curse," a film by Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko "Powerful: Energy for Everyone," as well as Endre Hules’ "The Maiden Danced to Death."

eddie.rwema@metroland.com


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