After sitting in the second seat for big films such as Star Wars: Episode II and the Matrix Trilogy, James McTeigue has finally been given his chance to helm the Warner Bros film V for Vendetta. With the Wachowski Brothers and producer Joel Silver on hand, McTeigue had everything he needed, including a wonderful story, to give us the film that many, including ourselves, have called the best film of 2006.
I was recently able to catch the film a second time and remain convinced that not only will V for Vendetta be one of the best films of 2006 by the time the year closes out but it would have been one of the best films of 2005 if it kept its original November 5th release date.
McTeigue Talks V for Vendetta
The official website for V for Vendetta has recently posted an interview with director James McTeigue about some of the choices the director was required to make on the set of V for Vendetta.
What did you storyboard and why? Were the storyboards influenced by the graphic novel?
James McTeigue: The things that you want to storyboard are the things you know are going to be difficult, the big set pieces: like the Parliament set piece or the Victoria Station set piece, or even down to the television station, which I knew would be a short schedule. So you know you need storyboards for certain sequences, and of those sequences more often than not the ones you do the earliest are the visual effects sequences. I asked Steve Skroce to start on storyboards, and I think the first sequence he drew was the Parliament sequence, then the second was the Victoria Station sequence.
V is an unusual character in that you don't see his face or expression at all; did you envision how someone would be able to portray this character?
James McTeigue: The Guy Fawkes image and the one in the graphic novel is great. Because the mask was going to be so strong it was going to be difficult, but with the correct kind of lighting and the correct kind of atmosphere and the correct kind of actor you would really get the sense that there is that very complex, emotional person behind the mask. I think the mask itself, even though it's a caricature of half harlequin mask and half Guy Fawkes with the hair and the hat, I really thought I'd be able to get something across with it. I also envisaged when we were designing and making the mask, a lot of it would be played by the interaction that V has with the different characters. I think a lot of that will be reflected by whomever he's talking to. Subliminally they will feed into what you see on the mask, by judicious cutting.
You can check out the entire interview with Jame McTeigue over at the official website.
V for Vendetta is out in theatres now.
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