“I think it had the best story,” he said. “And the most action.”
That’s all well and good, David, but we think you had a little something to do with it, too.
“You know, I did my best,” he said with a chuckle. “The director of the film is always the harshest critic of the film. What you do is spend two years or a-year-and-a-half or whatever it is intensely, emotionally working on something. You watch it a thousand times. What you’re doing is assembling it together, and then there’s a bunch of cracks, and you’re closing the gaps in those cracks. And then, what happens in the end, you go, and you start noticing those cracks again. It’s the same with any film.”
Yes, David clearly is his own worst critic, but he did admit the film had a lot going for it.
“I certainly do believe we had one of the best stories,” he said. “‘Eclipse’ is the fans’ favorite book, behind ‘Twilight,’ the first book. There’s so much in terms of backstory and understanding characters. It has a very clear progression to Bella’s transformation; not physically but emotionally. That’s something that is important. That, along with the fact that we had so many fun backstory moments. We had a Western. We had a 16th century historical piece. We had a ’30s period piece, as well as the rest of it.”
In the Vancouver Sun, David Slade talked about how Kristen cried in her efforts to become Bella. (Thanks for the hard work Kristen!!)
“Eclipse was a lot broader . . . but it’s still a character-based drama. That’s what I really enjoyed about it,” he says. “I think it’s also a much more adult film than [the previous two], because the characters are becoming more mature. There’s loads of fun stuff to play with, and because we treated it as a drama, the transformation [of character] takes place.”
The substance was always bloody and meaty, but Slade says the pragmatics of the whole ordeal were anything but easy. He feels exhausted just thinking about the experience.
“It was a 50-day shoot, with many 16-hour days,” he says.
To make things even more challenging, the cast was losing itself in its own Twilight cosmos.
All actors have to surrender to their roles and inhabit their characters to some degree for the duration of production, so Slade was pleased his cast was taking the whole project seriously and sincerely.
Everyone was committed, he says.
“Kristen, in particular, was very tough on herself.”
Slade says because Stewart didn’t pull from her own life and her own person to play Bella Swan, she found it personally demanding to find Bella’s truth.
“She would say, ‘I don’t know who Bella is to me.’ In a lot of ways, I think she felt Bella was the antithesis to her, which presented a lot of challenges for Kristen. . . . She would beat herself up about it, because she wants to be there. She never wants to leave a scene undone.
“There were tears,” says Slade.
HERE is Movieweb’s Exclusive chat with our Eclipse director and revealed what changes he made with the characters.
As an individual artist, how much actual input do you have coming into a huge franchise like this. Especially midway through the series?
David Slade: This film had to be different from the others. I was encouraged coming in to make a different film. I think we did make a different film. Besides the basic ground rules, which were to continue the story, and Stephenie Meyer’s rule that said you couldn’t kill anybody that she didn’t kill in the book…From the script onward, I had a lot of input. I wouldn’t say I was allowed to run riot and free. But I was absolutely encouraged to make the film my own. Which I seized upon.
The tent scene is the most iconic moment from the movie. It’s the one that everybody remembers most, and it’s the one the fans responded to the most. How did you go about choreographing that scene, and how do you feel about it being one of the scenes that you’ll be most known for in the future?
David Slade: It’s an odd one, that one. Because we shot it months apart. And we only had a day to shot it, which wasn’t enough time. We went back and re-shot bits of it. We cut two of them together. It’s literally months between one second to another. Really, it was a tough scene to shoot. All you have is words. It’s a small space. There are only three angles you can really get. Essentially, the rest has to come down to the charisma of the actors. It wasn’t something you’d really rehearse. They rehearsed a little. It was one of those things that we kept cracking at. It was one of these things we kept doing over and over again until we had it down to the right place. How do I feel about it being my contribution to cinema? I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s entered the books. In terms of cinema, I think there are things of mine that are going to be remembered. This brings me to another point about the differences between a novel and a film. And the fact that they have different requirements. Part of my approach to this film was to pay the most attention to the requirements of the film, and not so much to the novel. As a result, I didn’t pay attention to what the fans may perceive this to be. The most important things. As payback on the DVD, I thought it was important to talk about the deleted scenes, and why they were deleted. In cinematic terms. Through my point of view as a director.
Going from director Chris Weitz on New Moon, to you, and now to Bill Condon on Breaking Dawn, was there ever any talk between you guys in creating what should be a seamless narrative when this franchise is over and done with?
David Slade: No. (Laughs). I briefly met Chris Weitz. He was very courteous. I have not met Bill Condon. There is no kind of path we’re walking, or anything like that. The way these things work is that we were in pre-production when Chris was in post-production. And we were in post-production when Bill was in pre-production. There is no overlapping, really. Well, there is overlapping, that is why we don’t speak. The whole point of doing this with different directors is to have different points of view, and to have idiosyncratic, different movies.
What is interesting in watching the first three movies back-to-back is that each one does have its own distinct voice. And a style that is all its own. And that’s because each director that comes into this has his or her own distinct style. These aren’t cookie cutter auteurs that this franchise is employing. What do you feel your major contribution to the franchise has been thus far?
David Slade: Jesus! That’s is a hard thing to reflect on…
That is sort of a loaded question. I’m sorry…
David Slade: Well? You’d like to think you are invited to the party because of your idiosyncratic vision. I was encouraged, as I said earlier, to make the film my own. For me, it was about making it cinematic. I wanted to make it as believable as possible. Certain things had to change. Chris Weitz put human eyes in the wolves. I took them out and made them look like wolves again. We upped the level of fur and texture on our effects work. There were more mature performances, but that was because of the storyline. To be quite honest, there was no looking backwards referencing. Working with the actors, two thirds of their performance, or the character itself, had been formed by the two films that came previously. But its that other third that you are working on in a film like this. In rehearsals, and in discussions. The discussions about the previous films were limited to what worked or didn’t work. A lot of what didn’t work was built upon what did work.
Vale at TwilightPoison has quotes from Robert Pattinson in an article from Spanish Magazine ‘Los 40 Principales’. Check out Twilight Poison’s Gallery’s for more scans!
Huge Thanks as ever to the Awesome Vale, who has translated the article for us:
We called Robert Pattinson on the set of ‘New Moon’ in Vancouver, Canada. He told us over the phone that he’s living some months of peace and calm after the months of hysteria surrounding the release of ‘Twilight’.
It was so insane, that he even noticed some changed in the people around him: “I’ve noticed that the way people look at me has changed a bit, even my family. It’s a bit weird. But I think things will go back to normal soon.
What many people don’t know is that he was in Barcelona filming ‘Little Ashes’ before ‘Twilight’ came out, almost completely unnoticed. “I wasn’t completely unnoticed. it’s funny because a lot of people came up to me because they recognized me from the Harry Potter movies”.
The actor spent two months filming in: Barcelona, Sant Pere de Ribes, Caldes de Montbui, Granada and Cadaqués. Like he could that now. Complete insanity.
The Vancouver Sun has reported that Robert & Kristen we’re spotted filming at Port Moody in British Columbia yesterday afternoon.
They were filming behind the Port Moody’s Art Centre. It looks like a house rather than an Arts Centre.
TwilightGossip has whole gallery of pics – check them out as well as MaliciousMandy’s adventures at the Police Station film set.
He told E! Online that they don’t need to compete saying: “I think they serve a certain audience and we serve a certain demographic so we can all exist happily together.” Both Twilight and True Blood are about vampires and are adapted from popular novels. However the TV show is even darker than the films and shows more extreme scenes.
Um….. Maybe we can include Vampire Diaries too?!!
The Vancouver Sun has an interview with Jordelle Ferland who will play a ‘newly turned vampire’ that still remains nameless (whom we think might be Bree ;)) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Ferland has been working in film and television since she was two years old, starring in her first film at the age of four (Mermaid) and playing the lead in a successful suspense thriller (Silent Hill).
She has worked with Rene Zellweger, appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and just-wrapped The Cabin in the Woods written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Lost), but nothing of the magnitude of the Twilight saga.
“I’m so excited,” giggled Ferland. “It’s not that I didn’t think I would get the role, it’s just that things like this never happen. I’m still having a hard time believing it.”
Eclipse will be Ferland’s second time working with Twilight star Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan, the mortal teen who falls for vampire Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson.
Larry Carroll of MTV asked The Twilight cast members while attending the Teen Choice Awards about what they were up to in Vancouver this time with director David Slade for The Twilight Saga : Eclipse.
“Oh, it’s exciting, man,” Jackson Rathbone told us about recent meetings the actors have had with David Slade, the bloodthirsty “30 Days of Night” director who will oversee them for the soon-to-shoot third film in the series. “We’ve all met with him. We’ve all been up to Vancouver doing training and getting ready for all the action.”
But since Rathbone plays Civil War soldier-turned-vampire Jasper Hale — and confirmed to us that Jasper’s 1863 transformation will be included in “Eclipse” as a flashback — the charismatic star has been blessed with one bit of training that the other Cullens don’t get to partake in.
“Horseback training,” Kellan Lutz sighed. “I’m jealous.”
” ‘Eclipse’ is big on fighting, so Jasper trains all of us,” Lutz said of a key sequence in the book that has Rathbone’s war veteran teaching the werewolves and vampires fighting techniques in order to defend themselves against newborn vampires. “All of us characters are actually going through fight training, stunt training. We’re all hitting the gym pretty hard so we can have the endurance.”
Read the complete article and watch the video here at MTV.
Here is a little something that Twilight Supermom, Intan Zalani from Malaysia sent us. She did this video on her ‘Lurve Affair’ with Twilight’. And she’s in competition to win a tonne of money. Rock on!!!
Larry Carroll also spoke to Ashley Greene at the TCA 2009 and here’s what she has to say about the work they did in Italy during the filming of The Twilight Saga : New Moon
“We were in Italy for those four or five days, and it was nutty,” Greene remembered of the shoot, which director Chris Weitz has said had a Twilighter in virtually every spot that wasn’t on camera, watching them film. “The amount of people that were in this tiny little town, it took 45 minutes to go, like, 5 feet.”
The scene, which features a black-clad Bella running through a procession of red-robed people to stop Edward from stepping into the sunlight, effectively uses slow-motion and music to build drama for a pivotal moment in the epic saga. And much like the fans, Greene said she couldn’t believe how beautifully the sequence came together…..
“…. it was a great experience, amazing energy,” she remembered of the shoot, as well as the multiple takes it took to pull it off. “And Kristen that day — the poor girl just ran and ran and ran and ran.”
Ryan Seacrest interviewed Ashley Greene. She talks about Eclipse’s fight scene training. They will be stepping it up and will have a personal trainer and a fight stunt trainer:
Meanwhile, Vancouver Sun has an interview with the newly casted Jodelle Micah Ferland. From the look of it, She seems pretty excited to be a vampire. Read it here.
There’s also another exclusive interview with Jodelle from Radar Online. Like most girls, Jodelle is Team Edward And…she has worked with Kristen Stewart before in The Messengers, back in 2007.
Firstly, ET has a sneak peek of their Rob’s interview from the New Moon set:
Click here to watch the video.
Coming up this Thursday, ET has your exclusive ticket to the closed set of the highly anticipated ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon.’ But right now, ETonline has a sneak peek at Robert Pattinson‘s telling interview!
Meanwhile, tune in to ET this Thursday as our Thea Andrews goes one-on-one with the movie’s stars, Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
Secondly, Thea Andrews from ET blogs about the Twilight sequel plus an all new video of what you can expect for the New Moon exclusive coverage!
Click here to watch the video.
*SPOILERS* Here’s a behind-the-scene video of the cast saying Hi in Italian. I’ve not watched the video yet. According to those who have watched this, the cast is in their Birthday Party outfits.
MaliciousMandy found an unconfirmed filming location:
MeMy and I decided to go check out the pool set that my girl Meg texted me about this morning. It was clear they were filming and being on a fairly main road I am sure people will know the secret location soon. I am guessing it’s a one-day shoot, although I can’t be certain.
There were tons of trailors, security, crew, cars, and of course the pool fence was blacked out and had Green Screens all around (to make it appear like Bella has just cliff jumped into the ocean? and then sees Edward’s face? hmmmm…. what else COULD it be? exactly!! tee hee)
Twilight-Gossip has a couple more pictures of Bella’s House with a Peek-A-Boo view of the interior of the house. See it here!
It seemed pretty cool at first, but when you mix in the hottest celebrities with a horrible film crew, the school turns into chaos. Closing the cafeteria for two days, taking over the foyer and forcing students to make detours and stop dead in our tracks during our break and lunch because they were filming a big-shot movie was not cool.
I know how she feels but given that the production company has paid the school a great sum of money for allowing the crew to film it at their school premises and that filming only took 2 days, why can’t she just be proud and glad that her school was chosen to be used as a filming location? Cos that’s how film production rolls. As long as the filming does not disrupt their lessons – I think it should be fine. Afterall, it’s just for 2 days! :D
Kristen Stewart appeared on The Jimmy Kemmel show. She talks about her new films, The Cake Eaters & Adventureland plus the upcoming sequel, New Moon.
Frosty from Collider.com participated in a roundtable interview with Kristen Stewart. Frosty has the audio interview and the partial transcript right here.
Thankfully, Kristen was in great spirits, so when we finally started talking about “New Moon” she was cool with the questions. But while many are just looking forward to “New Moon” and “Eclipse”, she’s also going to be playing Joan Jett in “The Runaways”, and after hearing her talk so passionately about the project, I can see it means a great deal to her.
Looks like there has been war of the words over ‘Eclipse’ director. Twilight Lexicon tells us more.
Vancouver Sun are suggesting some locations that might be suitable for certain scenes for New Moon *Spoilers If You Have Not Read The Book* Check out their article here.
People.com tells us that Nikki Reed is so proud of Taylor, especially about his devotion to New Moon! Read it here.
Just recently, a Twilight Convention took place in Chicago. Twilight Lexicon has some interesting random facts from the convention itself plus a couple of photos from the event. More will be coming soon – so watch out for update at Twilight Lexicon! In the meantime, enjoy this video of Ashley Greene greeting fans at the convention:
Thank you Twilight Lexicon :D
Vancouver Sun has an article regarding New Moon’s audition. Read: Tantrums and tears at Twilight Audition
Next, TV Guide did an interview with Sarah Clarke (Renee). Read her interview here.
In a TVGuide.com Q&A, Clarke teased changes to come for her Trust Me character, pondered her fate as Bella’s mom in the blockbuster Twilight film series, and revealed whether she misses being nasty as 24′s Nina.
Vale from Twilight Poison sent us another translated interview of Rob and Kristen. Thank you so much Vale Enjoy the translation guys!
In the movie Edward is suppossed to be 17 years old. If they make the next movies, what are they going to do to keep the character looking young?
Rob: With botox! (laughs) No, actually I am a bit worried about that. I don’t know, I guess we’ll have to shoot them pretty quickly.
What’s your favorite character in the book?
Kristen: I like Edward he’s a very interesting character. On the outside he seems very confident, handsome. He’s the ideal man everybody wants. But he’s all alone. All the girls want him because they think he’s perfect, but he’s not.
And of course, scans are available as well. See them here.
Thank you Twilight Poison!