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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

New Moon Director

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edit this on December 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm ’86 Rabbit
New Moon Director

Again, my apologies to Catherine Hardwicke if any of my posts have been overly harsh. I did love Dogtown, and so did my mother, by the way, which was shocking. I still just don’t think we see eye to eye on what Twilight is. I would have liked to have seen what you did with New Moon on a bigger budget, but I think I’ll be happier with what another director can do on the same budget. I hope.

Now MTV posted a list of potential directors. If these are my only options I choose David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Curious Case of Benjamin Button). I like both the pros and the cons listed for this choice–they’re all pros in my book. My favorite words were “obsessive meticulousness”. And the cons are that teenage girls will have nightmares about Edward contemplating suicide? Having nightmares about Edward is better than no Edward at all. Besides they’d be just like Bella, it would be cool. Ok so what the article actually said was that the twist ending would be RPattz’s bloody death scene, but surely that would just be a DVD extra. I mean he’s already signed for Eclipse. Who I don’t want to see directing New Moon from this list is…well if I can only pick one it’s Ang Lee. I’d rather Catherine Hardwicke did New Moon with a low budget and not enough time. I just can’t sit through something like Hulk again.

How do I envision New Moon? Obviously it’s dark for me if I’m choosing the director of Seven for the list. I think we should all have our hearts ripped out of our chests early on in the movie and have to sit in our seats holding ourselves together.

I want it very firmly grounded in reality. No crazy camera angles. No crazy lighting. For heaven’s sake, please, no more close-ups on eyes. No voice overs, unless it’s just the very opening for continuity’s sake. Show, don’t tell. If there is mist in the room it better be because someone left the windows open and not because someone thought it would be cool if it looked like Fabio would come strolling in at any moment. Ease off on the wire work. Why have harnesses for running when you can do the cool speedy effect like when Edward came around the side of the car to open Bella’s door. The effect looked way better, and used conservatively it doesn’t have to be that costly, does it? Besides, often you just have to suggest the effect, use a sound effect instead, and just the hint of a visual to get the point across.

Of course I want a bigger budget. Let’s get a real Volvo, and clothes Alice would approve of. Now, Summit, don’t get nervous. There are ways to save money. I don’t want to see a single wolf that doesn’t look absolutely real. If that means you use real wolves instead of horse-sized CGI ones, so be it. I want realism. Camera tricks can make the wolves look bigger or the people smaller. It worked for the hobbits, elves, and dwarves in Peter Jackson’s LotR. Maybe it could work for you too. Speaking of LotR, if the wolves don’t look as least as good as Gollum, don’t do it. Get cracking on the CGI though. You’ll want the horse-sized variety for the big battle I imagine.

Speaking of horse-sized, let’s talk about other adjectives. Ms. Meyer chose her words carefully. Let’s use them when writing the screenplay. Use her dialogue when possible, and that should be most of the time. She has described her characters pretty faithfully. Let’s be equally faithful. Alice describes Bella as “exuberant”. Bella is also controlled. She keeps secrets so is quiet around humans. She’s trying not to make vampires uncomfortable and also trying not to become a meal, so she’s careful around them as well. She does lose control now and then though because of her exuberance, which is why there’s the running “Oops” joke. Kristen Stewart will of course to a great job at being depressed Bella in New Moon, but she should be encouraged to stretch herself. Bella is happy with Edward, if insecure that she’s not good enough for him. She should smile and blush. Her being careful around Edward should not be confused with being depressed.

And speaking of Edward, he should be allowed to dazzle us. Don’t relegate fun, happy, loving conversations between Edward and Bella to montages and “dream sequences”. Let us see the happy times, not just the drama. Dazzling leads to sparkling. He should look like diamonds, not MySpace Glitters. If you can’t accomplish that, don’t put Edward in the sun. I think it doesn’t have to be constant. It would probably be more believable as a shimmer just when he moves, just like a ring sparkles more when moved about in the light. Whatever you do, don’t forget to give a little of that highlight to Bella’s scar if you end up showing it.

And what do we do about Edward being gone for most of the movie? That’s a tough one. Summit, I know you don’t want to lose your heart-thRob but we need to stay true to the book. I would suggest that when Bella hears hallucination-Edward that we see kind of a ghost of him standing behind Bella. That way she’s not seeing him, she’s only hearing him, but the audience gets a peek. I also read a suggestion online that I liked. Show a scene or two with Edward while he’s away tracking Victoria. I would go a long way toward showing us the pain is not one-sided. I know Bella wasn’t aware of that consciously in the book, but it would be a nice compromise, especially if it adds drama to the love story.

Italy. You. Have. To. Do. This. No scimping here. If Volterra is not an option, there are other Etruscan cities to choose from. I will know if you cheat. So will a lot of others.

When in Volterra do as the Volturi do. That scene had better be scary. It doesn’t have to be horror film scary, but there should be nervous tension. We should feel the threat. I would like to be able to see in Edward’s face that he is never going to leave Bella again. I would like to see in Bella’s face that she knows this is her last moment with Edward and that she’s not going to waste a moment of it sleeping.

I want so many things. Can’t I just write the screenplay?

Bugger. It’s past my bedtime again. I’ll write more in this lengthy list of deman…desires later I imagine. It’s going to be a long year or so.

 

  • I’m still up. I realized when I was checking the links I added that David Fincher directed Panic Room, which Kristen Stewart was in. I was impressed with her at the time. I just watched some clips of Panic Room, and also Zathura. She was much more expressive in these films. Fincher had nothing to do with Zathura as far as I know, but this shows that the right direction might change how she plays Bella.

     

  • On Chris Weitz

    MTV posted the following synopsis of New Moon:
    The release also offered, for the first time, the studio’s official synopsis for the sequel: “In ‘New Moon,’ Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on ‘New Moon’ is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.”

    I’m sure the new fans of Twilight appreciate the spoilers, MTV and Summit Entertainment. I thank you on their behalf. Why didn’t you just tell them on what page Edward comes back, or that Edward and Bella end up together with a beautiful baby girl for that matter?

    Anyway…Seriously, Summit, Chris Weitz? I love American Pie as much as the next person, but it can’t compare to the task of adapting a beloved novel to film. Weitz has attempted this task with another novel, The Golden Compass, and failed miserably. Not only did he direct that one but he wrote the screenplay. I saw the movie before reading The Golden Compass. I was entertained, but left with questions I should not have been left with. It was visually stunning, but there seemed to be something missing. It made so much more sense when I read the book and saw everything that was left out. This was not a good adaptation. As far as I know you have not chosen him to write the screenplay, and that you are instead going with the same writer that did Twilight. This does not instill confidence. I thought Twilight was poorly adapted, awkward rather than rife with sexual tenstion, and the dialogue was terrible.

    So, here’s what I see. A director of a poor adaptation will be directing another adaptation, written by a writer who just finished another poor adaptation in the very same series. That The Golden Compass was visually stunning is of little comfort. The Golden Compass had a budget of $180M. New Moon will only have $50M and from what I understand a chunk of that is going to pay increases for the now star talent.

    I’m not all doom and gloom here though. The camera angles will no doubt be better, and I would be surprised if there were all these wacky close ups on everyone’s eyes. I am hoping there will be a new composer, but I’ve not heard anything on that subject. More money is good, even if it’s not enough money.

    For the record, again, I think David Fincher would have been a better choice for New Moon. Maybe I’ll write something more coherent later. I’m late and have to dash.

    PS You’re seriously not keeping Taylor Lautner? I hope you’re planning on ditching the other skinny boys playing werewolves from Twilight. Good luck finding huge, super-buff Native Americans who can act to play the pack. You better be as meticulous with the rest of the story.

     

  • FYI to Summit Entertainment- it’s impossible to find an actor that can start off at a height of 5″9 only to grow throughout the movie to a staggering 7 feet. YOU NEED SPECIAL EFFECTS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. I genuinely do not understand the fuss over Taylor Lautner- he should absolutely stay on for the remaining films.

     

  • Thank you!

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