Exclusive interview with director Ron Oliver, Hallmark Channel original movie premiers Friday, February 6th, 2015, 8pm ET/PT, 7C **** 4 Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/2/6 – “A young woman named Nancy Silvers, the daughter of Phil Silvers the famous comedian, wrote a script,” says I Do, I Do, I Do director Ron Oliver. “It was a romantic comedy. A producer I work with, Dan Paulson, called me up and said, you want to make this. He sent the script over. I loved it. We made the movie. Nancy wrote the original script. I did a little polish on it to get it ready for production.”
I Do, I Do, I Do is about a woman who gets to keep reliving her wedding day until she gets it right. The Groundhog Day premise gives her the opportunity to learn, grow and take chances something she didn’t normally do. The changes she makes reflect her determination and growth as a character.
“I got to cast my friends,” says Oliver. “We cast Autumn Reeser who I’d made a movie with before. I love Autumn. We cast her and my friend Shawn Roberts. We made a bunch of movies together, so I cast him in the male lead. We had to spend this marvelous month and a half in Vancouver at this beautiful resort.”
Beautiful it was, but what it wasn’t was warm. “The water was freezing,” says Oliver. “The body of water we’re shooting in is like a glacial pool. That was my concern when reading the script. You want to shoot this in Vancouver in November? It’s cold. But we didn’t get rain much. As the director I don’t have to get in it. I got to watch. That was one take. The two of them were actually very brave.”
Trailer for I Do, I Do, I Do
“I’ve had a good relationship with Hallmark for a long time,” says Oliver. “They send you stories and scripts, or the producers they work with will send something. In this case, Dan Paulson, who we’ve made five movies together.” Oliver also writes scripts from scratch, including the Lifetime movies Gone, The Good Mistress and The Trainer.
“There aren’t that many people making these movies,” says Oliver. “It’s a small business. It’s fun to be with a bunch of like-minded people who are all trying to make good pictures. The budgets are tight, but people have figured out how to work within the budgets. It used to be that TV movie budgets were $6M to $10M, but then it all changed.”
TV movie budgets today are $2.5M to $5M and fewer movies are being made, except for Hallmark where the number is surging from 50 last year to 60 original movies for 2015. Hallmark, of course, doesn’t make horror movies. Budgets can be much less for horror.
“I know guys who make movies at SyFy,” says Oliver. “I started in horror. If I had my own way I would make horror movies a lot more. But the budgets they do those is insane. Then… Sharknado. All bets are off. The thing is, if you put your tongue firmly in cheek and remember they’re making the movies they made in the fifties…Saucermen vs. the Earth, and so forth. Those were pretty campy movies. I love ’em. I think they’re great.”
Oliver is currently making a ghost story movie at Universal called One Night in Doom House, based on the book by Errol Stine (Goosebumps). Oliver directed a Beethoven sequel last year and is writing another one now.
The Story of I Do, I Do, I Do
Jaclyn Palmer (Autumn Reeser) is a successful architect. Her boyfriend Peter Lorenzo (Antonio Cupo) is a cardiologist who has a best selling book Happy Heart Health. Jaclyn’s sister Kate (Ali Liebert) notices Jaclyn is not as enthusiastic as she could be about her upcoming wedding.
At the Rowena Inn, Jaclyn’s wedding plans are hijacked by Peter’s controlling mother, Margaret. While out running Jaclyn meets Max (Shawn Roberts). Jaclyn questions his impulsiveness, and he questions her wanting to live life safe. He impulsively kisses her then disappears.
Each morning Jaclyn wakes up and it’s her wedding day all over again. Although it’s a new day to everyone else, reliving each day gives Jaclyn a new perspective. Will she go for safe or try something new?
I Do, I Do, I Do is an I Do Productions and Lighthouse Pictures film. Executive producers Dan Paulson, Steve Leon, Nancey Silvers and Shawn Williamson. Producer Jamie Goehring.
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