Fansite Fridays: 2nd part of Chris Weitz interview
The Lexicon brings us the final installment of their Fansite Fridays and this week it is the final part of their two-part interview with Chris Weitz. Here are some highlights where he talks about the CGI for New Moon, the Volturi, and his personal touches on the film.
Q: Iâ€™m wondering since youâ€™re so good with CGI, and itâ€™s your forte, howâ€™s the design for the werewolves coming?
Chris: I think itâ€™s going to be good. Weâ€™re taking Stephenieâ€™s lead really theyâ€™re supposed to be wolves the size of horses. The temptationâ€¦weâ€™ve avoided any temptation to kind of go Lon Chaney with it, or to make it kind of humanoid. The werewolves are very much creatures of nature.
Phil Tippet is doing the â€¦itâ€™s not me, Iâ€™m not the one whoâ€™s good at doing CGI I just happened to have lucked into working with people who are very good at it. So, I just know a good thing when I see it, and Phil Tippet who is a multi-Oscared guy (ILM) worked on Stars Wars and all that stuff is doing the wolves, and theyâ€™re going to be great. Theyâ€™re going to be fantastic.
So and at the same time they are going to fit that world thatâ€™s already there. You canâ€™t suddenly hop out of reality. Somehow what Stephenie manages to do is to mix the emotions that everybody feels at some point in their lives with these kinds of supernatural things: vampires and werewolves and stuff. It would be wrong if you suddenly saw a werewolf in a different kind of movie. They have to be carefully integrated. If thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™m good at with CG is that I donâ€™t like it to jump to the foreground too much. I like it to settle in like any other aspect.
Q: There were a lot of parts in Twilight that were a homage to the cover and Stephenie had a cameo. Are there any plans to put your spin on that I this movie at all?
Chris: Well I know that Stephenie did not like the tulip on the cover. So we wonâ€™t seeing that. Let me see, I donâ€™t know that there are any trick cameos per say, but every time I make a movie I definitely want there to be 20-30 moments where if you had a DVD and stopped it and really looked carefully to see what was going onâ€¦whether it be kind of strange bits of foreshadowing, sort of as though you could see into the future in certain scenes or whether it would just be little moments that passed by unnoticed, or details of the architecture of things. I love doing that sort of stuff.
Q:What has been your biggest challenge?
Chris Itâ€™s a challenge to make a movie anyway, especially one thatâ€™s coming out in November. Probably the biggest challenge will be getting it out on time and making sure that every little detail at least in my mind is right. Iâ€™m rather obsessive and I tend to be a worry-wart about things. You know going into it that thereâ€™s going to be a lot of interest, that people are going to see it. For me thatâ€™s not enough, like I really want to deliver on everything that Iâ€™ve promised. So thatâ€™s the really tough thing, making sure that you donâ€™t just go do your job and go home. Every second is an opportunity either exploited or wasted to get something right basically.
Q: Have you seen any costume designs for the Volturi. How is it different from the books.
Chris: It fits with the books.
Q: The Black cloaks?
Chris: Yes the black cloaks are all there. The degrees of blackness are very carefully kind of rationed out.
Q: The sets for the Volturiâ€™s lair?
Chris: I think the set for the Volturiâ€™s lair is going to be really interesting for the fans. Itâ€™s going to be really fun. Itâ€™s first of all one of the biggest sets Iâ€™ve ever seen. Itâ€™s one of the grandest that Iâ€™ve ever seen. Itâ€™s what it deserves. (Well they are the Volturi) Theyâ€™re a big deal. (They donâ€™t go small) No, they donâ€™t go small. (laughs)I think itâ€™s first of all just shooting Volterra itself obviously you have to get that right the race to the square and all that but when we get inside itâ€™s going to be fairly extraordinary. Iâ€™m very happy with it.
Q: Are you filming the interiors here in Vancouver?
Chris: Were filming the interiors here. Yeah weâ€™re building the interiors because we get to make up that interior and control it ourselves. The exteriors belong in Italy.
Q: How the chase seen looking, is it any longer, and changes?
Chris: Not really. No I think we are going to try to deliver down to the yellow Porsche to get the details right.
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