March 5, 2010

The Weitzmeister Doesn't Like The Frolicking Vamps Either!

And all is right with the world!

BuzzSugar has an exclusive interview with Chris Weitz, talking about New Moon's DVD commentary, rumours for Eclipse and Breaking Dawn as well as... the frolicking vampires:

There are lots of different editions of the New Moon DVD. Which bonus features are you particularly excited about?
I’m excited that my voice will finally be heard! For me, the fun thing was doing the commentary with Peter Lambert, my editor, because it kind of re-created the atmosphere in the cutting room. Peter’s a really funny guy, and we were able to delve into not only the behind-the-scenes moments, but to explain why certain things were shot or cut together in certain ways. So that, for me, was the most fun.

When you go back and watch it again, are there things you’d like to change if you could?
I would like to never have shot Rob and Kristen running through the forest and Kristen’s just turned into a vampire. Because everybody always laughs and it makes me feel terrible. [Laughs] I would have shot it a different way so it wouldn’t get that response. But otherwise, I’m very happy with things.

You must get lots of questions abut Rob and Kristen. Do you laugh it off or are you totally sick of hearing about it?
I’m somewhat clueless — when you’re the director, you’re kind of like the school principal. Nobody really tells you anything. You really have no idea what’s going on. I’m the last person who would know about this kinda stuff. I’m sure you could get more from reading the paper.

What was your favorite scene to shoot in New Moon?
I’m very fond of the memories that a lot of the scenes invoke in me. My favorite scene is probably somewhere between the very last scene, and the cliffhanger that it’s left on, and the scenes in Italy. Just the experience shooting those scenes was so magnificent. We were in this beautiful hillside town in Tuscany, and going home to fresh-made pasta every night, and surrounded by thousands of fans of the series while we were shooting it. I know I’ll never experience anything like that ever again.

What’s your take on the rumors that Breaking Dawn will likely be two movies, possibly in 3D?
3D seems to be the new thing that everything has to be. I think the good thing about 3D is that it can lend tremendous depth to a picture, and really make it extraordinarily lush, visually. And also that it gets people to go out to the theater. Film directors want people to see things in the theater, on the big screen, at least the first time. So that’s a good thing. As for the book being broken up into two films, I think it’s a good idea. There’s so much material in the final book that I think it’s warranted.

How would you direct Breaking Dawn?
Very carefully, because I think that you want to deliver the fans a faithful version of the book that they love. Yes, there’s a lot of extraordinary goings-on. So it’ll have to be done carefully.

How do you think the movie franchise has been affected by using different directors?
I think it’s good for it, because I think there’s a tremendous amount of coherence thanks to a very strong cast, who care about getting their characters right. And I think that the fans’ interested will be un-dimmed, and I think it’s interesting to see the different visual approaches, different stylistic versions, different choices that different filmmakers take.

Are you excited to see Eclipse, or will you inevitably be thinking about how you would have done it differently?
I’m really excited to see it. I’m very excited to see it. I’m sure he’s done a really great job. I think that he’s, amongst other things, a much better action director than I am. So I’m really keen to see the action sequences. I think that there are a lot of things that I would have been very daunted by the prospect of shooting, which he will have taken in stride. I’m excited to see it whenever I can.

Via BuzzSugar

- Lorabell

P.s. I always want Alice's vision to just be a close-up of Bella flashing her eyes open for the first time as the screen pulls out to reveal the sun across part of her face... *sigh* damn you, frolicking!


  1. "I would like to never have shot Rob and Kristen running through the forest and Kristen’s just turned into a vampire. Because everybody always laughs and it makes me feel terrible."

    Aww. Lol, me too Weitz. Me too. And I love his principal analogy.

  2. I adore C.W. - I can't wait to see the film with the commentary.

  3. Yeah, them running was a little funny hehe ^.^
    Like Lorabell, I think it should have been a close up and her eyes open awesome would that have been ;) Well maybe that's how the first part of Breaking Dawn will end :)

    As for the 3D, I don't like that idea at all. I think it will take away from the movie. I wear glasses and I want to be comfortable dang it, not messing with 3D glasses LoL XD

  4. @ Jade514: Agreed. 3D gives me headaches.

  5. Awwh I giggled at that scene too, but you never know how someone is going to react until it is seen. CW you did a great job and have nothing to regret.
    @ all above I agree 3D is awesome for some movies like a trip with Alice Wonderland, but BD should be filmed in 2D with some great special effects and acting.

  6. I know. That was the only time I cringed in the theater. I would have shot Edward and Bella sitting side by side in the meadow where Bella was sparkling with red eyes. Simple and to the point. No silly running in period dresses. WTF was that about?

  7. Meh.. A little cheesy? Yeah. Could the vision played out better? Yes.

    But just to play devil's advocate.....
    Remember, it is Alice's vision... So that could explain the skewed 'vision': Maybe its why the aesthetic of it was different from the rest of the movie... Perhaps (dare I say it?) ..... Alice-sonized???

  8. re: 3D
    I'm with you guys above...

    I say NO to 3D. Renesmee in 3D? Aaah! BD isn't meant to be a horror flick, or is it? ;P

    Although Edward in 3D on the big screen, giving the illusion that you can reach out touch him... hhmmm not a bad idea, not bad idea at all... muahahaha!

  9. Don't worry guys. They wont do 3D. They have a hard enough time sheeling out the money for decent CG, let alone 3D. Don't fix what isn't broken. Well... unless they make Edward 4D, and then he can hop out of the screen and come home with me. LOL!

  10. hi,i just red news confirmed by Gossip cops,that Chris Weitz is NOT going to do Breaking Down!i am realy very sad.Chris,please change your mind!

  11. I wonder if their going to tell us what Kwop kilawtley means.

  12. I'd love for it to be in 3D. It adds so much to the movie. For those who don't like 3D, you can always see the 2D version.


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