June 10, 2009

Chris Weitz Really *Gets* New Moon: Must-read Chris Weitz Interview


Metronews.ca has a cool interview with Chris Weitz, where he talks about his experience taking the helm of New Moon -- I really love what he has to say! Here is an excerpt, but definitely read the entire article:
Q. How does it feel to take over directorial duties of such a successful franchise?

A. On the one hand, it’s exciting to take over a successful franchise. On the other, it’s daunting. There are so many fans who have high expectations for this film, but it’s made easy by the fact that I inherited this amazing cast who are certainly very talented. So half of the time, I’m just overjoyed to be a part of this and the other half, I’m nervous that I’m going to be hunted down and killed by a pack of 14-year-old teenage girls in about a year’s time!

Q. What was your reaction when you were first offered the job?

A. I was surprised because it happened very suddenly, and I had a week and a half to decide whether I was gong to do it or not. Then I saw the first film, I saw the case and I thought, 'This is going to be great, actually. Kristen, Rob and Taylor were great' - that’s what convinced me to do it. And I read the book and I thought I saw my way of making a good version of the book. It’s really a question of whether I can do justice to the book and to please the readers. That’s my job. It’s not to run away with it and just do my version of things. It’s to be faithful to their experience of reading it.

Q. “Twilight”, the first installment of the series, received some criticism for not being 100 per cent true to the book. Are you addressing some of these issues?

A. It’s impossible to be completely faithful to every single page of a book because movies don’t have enough time. So you end up cutting things and combining things. But I would say that we’re definitely using the book as our bible. My take on this film is the film is the book and Stephanie Mayer is my main resource for everything in this. I’m constantly checking with her to see if it’s something a character would do or a detail is right. You can never absolutely please everybody but my main intention is to satisfy the fans of the book.

Q. You’re a very visual director. What’s your vision for New Moon?

A. We’ve got an amazing visual effects team. The whole idea is to use the full palette of colors, to have our shadows be very dark and to have our colours be very rich so that we can experience the full range of emotional texture. The idea is that this will look like a Victorian narrative painting in a way, with those medieval jewel-like colours as well as very glossy deep blacks, and for the composition of the frames to be classical. In some ways, this is going to be a rather old-fashioned film. There are elements that incorporate the latest technology and there are things that are very dynamic in the action scenes. But it’s more Dr. Zhivago than Iron Man.
Read the rest of this great interview here.

11 comments:

  1. so we get to see real glittering Rob!!!???? and Why do so many ppl think all twi-hards are 14 years old? But love Chris...that pic doesn't do him any justice!

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  2. Yeah I know, lol there are even 30 year old guys that are into twilight. Hope he does a good job, I can't wait for the 19th!

    Btw twi crack addict I've written a review on your website, all good. I hope you don't mind, it was for an assignment-writing a review about a website and I just couldn't not do one for your site. :)

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  3. This only makes me more excited about the film. If it even has a smidge of the beauty that is Dr. Zhivago, I will be in total awe. I love what he says about the colors.

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  4. Thanks for posting this interview. I've long said that Weitz is a down dude. I trust him implicitly, and believe that New Moon is going to put Twilight to shame.

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  5. Oooo I love what he says about his use of colors.

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  6. Seeing the trailer and reading this article I believe Summit made an excellent choice with Mr Weitz. I am 39 and a huge fan of these books and reading in general. He was very professional in his response regarding SK. He realizes that there are plenty of opinions out there and the material doesn't speak to everyone. Glad to see someone with such talent can also be so professional and respectful.

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  7. Totally excited about this.. He is a great choice and I agree he does get it.... Yeah what about us 27 year old ladies who have babies, and we r reading it because WE LOVE IT?? Whatever...

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  8. You know what, originally I wasn't pleased with this guy, but as we got into the trailer and interiews, etc., I noticed I LOVE this guy. See, first impressions are a big thing for me, and I must really like this guy if I could get over my first impression on him so simply and easily. I had complete faith in this guy when going into watch the trailer, and then I saw the wolf. I went back and reviewed my original judgement which was: "Weitz is a professional in animation, CGI, etc, and he's going to make it so animated that I won't even like it." I was very displeased with the wolf the first time I saw it, but then about the fourth time through watching the trailer, I realized I loved what I was seeing, and I even loved what he did with the wolf. So, I can't say I was a Chris Weitz fan from the beginning, but I can say I am completly loyal to him now.

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  9. I'm a 25 year old Twilight addict!! I'm gonna miss soooooo much this blog once the saga is done...but I think Chris is doing an excelente job with New Moon! For what I've seen here and other blogs the changes are minimal and the quality is way better so I think they should keep Chris for Breaking Dawn!! I can't wait for November!!!

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  10. Great article- I hope the movie does appeal to the older audience- I am one too. I would have to disagree with SK too, I think the books have a tremendous amount of emotion in them. But, that is the great thing about reading a book, everyone can read the same words written, but how each person interperates it becomes their own. (Hence, why I feel KS as Bella in Twilight - needed to show more emotion-"tears,fear,excitement-etc." to me Bella is a highly emotional human person) I think NM will be very good the way CW talks about the direction he took- love that he is visual- since we will be watching a visual movie!:))

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  11. Ha ha! He laid down the smackdown on Stephen King! About time someone did b/c Stephanie is too nice to stir up that pot. Weitz did put it very tactfully, though! Thanks Weitz, we <3 you!!!

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