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


by Lucy Scholey on March 10, 2011

Frederic Edwards

Frederic Edwards. Lois Siegel photo

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

Colleen Marchand. Lois Siegel photo

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.