Sheen scholar, camera expert join team planning 12-part television miniseries
A scholar on the life and virtues of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen and a Chicago-based production partner to the motion picture industry have joined Sean Fahey and Dieterich Gray to support development and production of “Wolves and Sheep,” a 12-part miniseries about Sheen.
The first is Dr. Peter Howard, a popular speaker in the Diocese of Peoria, who holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He is founder of the Fulton Sheen Institute and author of “The Woman: Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen.”
Also joining the producing team is Lawrence Daufenbach, who founded Daufenbach Camera in 2009 and serves as its CEO. Fahey and Gray credit him with having the premier camera house for the motion picture and television industry in Chicago, which will enable them to shoot interior scenes for the pilot episode there.
“Sheen rose to fame on screen while living in Manhattan, and we will shoot exteriors and select scenes there, but having the control to replicate all our interiors in one space is going to give us the look we want and the creative control we want, to recreate stunning locations,” Fahey said.
“I’ve been tracking Bishop Fulton Sheen’s story for several years and when I learned that Sean and Dieterich were developing a series I had to reach out and learn more,” Daufenbach said. “Sheen was a pivotal player in the pioneering days of television, not to mention his work within the Catholic Church.”
After reading the pilot, he told Fahey and Gray, “Whatever I can do to help your efforts, be it camera gear, crew, anything, I’m in.”
As for Howard, Gray said he and Fahey “are thrilled to have an expert on Bishop Sheen’s virtues as a creative partner.”
“Peter brings new insights into how Sheen’s faith touches the world, which will add deeper nuance to our series,” Gray said.
Fahey, who grew up in Peoria, and Gray, who is a native of Galesburg, have been working on “Wolves and Sheep” since 2014. This month they will travel to Manhattan and spend the next four months working as artists in residence on the rest of the episodes in the series.
During this time all four members of the producing team will have meetings with major networks, venture capital firms, and talent in New York and Los Angeles. It is their hope to get a “green light” for the pilot episode this year.