Paul Stephens

Oliver Sherman wraps filming today has a new article about Oliver Sherman. They talked to producer Paul Stephens.

The feature film, a psychological thriller starring Garret Dillahunt as the title character who goes in search of the man who saved him during a war, wraps up shooting today at the Bull and Quench Pub on the corner of McIntyre and John Streets.

The film is set in modern times but doesn’t specify which war or where it happened. Sherman eventually finds the man, who has moved on with his life, starting a family in a small town.

The family sees Sherman as a harmless, disconnected man, but soon realizes he is unstable.

We are shooting a couple of pub scenes where the two heroes are talking to each other,” Stephens said.

The film includes scenes shot in Powassan, Trout Creek and Chisholm Township.

Stephens expects editing to be wrapped up in February or March with the film ready to release in April.

The world premiere will probably be at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 9 to 18, 2010) but we are hoping to have a screening at the Capitol Centre,” he said.

Stephens said North Bay has an array of talented individuals. The production cast about 10 local speaking parts, 150 extras and used many locals on its crew. []

New Oliver Sherman article

Almaguin News talked to Garret, writer/director Ryan Redford and producer Paul Stephens about their experience filming Oliver Sherman in the area last week. Here is a snippet:

This is Stephens’ first time filming in the Almaguin region and he is enjoying it. The crew is filming in Powassan, Trout Creek and North Bay.

“It’s great. The colours have been fantastic,” he said.

Actor Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) says he has been in the area for a week and a half and, although he has been on set for the majority of his stay, he has admired the fall colours.

“It’s fantastic. I’ve taken some beautiful pictures,” said the Washington State actor, adding he managed some time during the weekend for photography.

“I enjoy working in Canada,” he said.

Dillahunt has worked in Toronto, Vancouver and in Alberta during the filming of The Assassination of Jessie James but this is his first time in Northern Ontario.

The versatile actor says playing a variety of roles makes the job more interesting.

Dillahunt plays the lead, Oliver Sherman.

Stephens says the film could be classified as a psychological thriller about two men who served in the war together seven years before. Once they return Franklin Page, played by Donal Logue (Ghost Rider) moves on with his life – settling down in a small town with his family. Sherman, however, who suffered a head injury, is still living with the war and can’t let it go. Nor can he let go of Page, the man who saved his life in the war.

“He gets on a bus one day and knocks on the door and kind of moves in,” said Stephens. “Something is slightly askew with this guy.” [Almaguin News]