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Chris Weitz Talks The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Published August 17, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Summit Entertainment
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Poster The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Normally Hollywood is all diplomacy. Creative differences, that’s all. Nobody did anything bad. Catherine Hardwicke left the Twilight franchise, but it’s fine. Chris Weitz can do the second one and David Slade the third. Weitz showed his true feelings when he touted the new visual effects in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Weitz Howls at the New Moon

“I’d say that there is probably more consistency between shots if I were to be cold-blooded about it,” Weitz said. “The Volturi are lit differently because they are a different breed of vampire altogether. The diamond skin we’re remaking. It’s going to be groovy. I mean, it’s still diamond skin but it’s been completely reconstructed effects for this one.”

Also, this one has werewolves. “Well, we knew very quickly that we wanted it to look like a wolf, just a very, very big one. Once you’ve made that official decision, you have to spend a lot of time on it. We knew what we wanted, so there weren’t concept art renderings that you usually do for monsters and all that kind of thing. You know, very tedious detail stuff like the fur, the muscles, the fat over the muscles, the way the light hits the fur, that stuff takes months. So we had a lot to think about on the wolves and they’ve turned out much more quickly and much better than we thought they would ever be.”

Weitz did acknowledge he is inheriting quite a toy box from his predecessor, and the books on which the films are based. “I inherited a wonderful cast which is really the main appeal to me because when I was offered the film, I hadn’t read the book yet. When I read the book, I realized that there were these deep currents of longing and romance to it, and I inherit a huge fan base, which is incredible, because you know that people are going to see your movie. That’s the only thing you worry about when you’re making a film in the first place. It’s so expensive to make a film and you work so hard, you make other people work so hard, that knowing that other people are going to see it is tremendously refreshing.”

If there must be more comparisons made, and there must, Weitz also cited more mature film influences in his style. “I think that I’m very old-fashioned in terms of my film references and what appeals to me, in the way that shots are composed and the way the camera moves and the depth of color that I like to bring out of things, so that affects the people that I hire on the crew. I’m always more influenced by somebody like David Lean, not that I would put myself in the same breath as him. Also Kurusowa or somebody like that. Anything that feels a bit at all contemporary, because that’s already there, the characters and the music are contemporary, the feelings are perennial but it will look like an old, epic film.”

The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens to theaters on November 20th.

For the trailer, poster, stills and more movie info, go the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Movie Page.

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