12 Minutes 49 Seconds with Chris Weitz, Director of New Moon
I grabbed a quick interview with Chris Weitz on Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con. It almost didn’t happen, because I had a signing right before it, which ran over (and which mostly consisted of me watching Jacqueline Carey and Patrick Rothfuss signing books for fangirls anyway. But you know, dedication to the craft and all). Then Weitz was staying at the Hard Rock, where the elevators require that you have a guest pass, which I didn’t have … so yeah, I was late.
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But he was very mellow about it. We talked about Twilight fandom and the lessons of Golden Compass and Weitz’s natural estrogen levels. But we will begin in medias res with a chat about the Twilight panel from that morning…
Chris Weitz: It was this crazy thing, which everybody was kind of warning us about. 7,000 Twilight fans in a room screaming for Rob.
Me: It’s an uncanny sound. I think only teenage girls can make that sound.
That high, keening noise.
It’s like Beatlemania.
That’s the only thing I can think of, the Beatles. You see old footage of that type of thing. It happened in Montepulciano, when we were shooting there. It was like The Birds, but with young girls. You’d turn a corner and there would be one or two or three. And the next time you looked there would be 10, 20, 50, 100.
The footage today looked great, and there wasn’t even any FX in it.
Not that you would notice. There’s little stuff like, everytime you see Edward as an apparition he’s been shot against a green screen and then taken out of the picture, and then treated and put back in. So you do a lot of work just to make it seem like he’s sort of there. And then there’s a lot of wire removal and stuff that you don’t notice.
I hope there’s sparkling in this one.
There will be lots of sparkling.
Speaking of Taylor:
I have to say, his torso in the clip you showed today was unlike any human torso I have ever seen.
It’s pretty astonishing. He did work very very hard.
Was that CGI?
I swear to God, it was all his hard work.
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