David Slade on The Twilight Sage: Eclipse
By Fred Topel | Image property of Summit Entertainment
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
David Slade was the new guy on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. As the third director to do a Twilight movie, Slade stepped into an established cast and took advantage of all they had to offer.
David Slade Directs The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
“What I did is, I saw each one of the actors individually, and we’d have one-on-one meetings,” Slade said. “The first time I was just listening. I’d just listen to everything they told me about their characters, everything they thought about their characters. Then we’d meet again, and we’d talk about the script. But each time, one-on-one. Then a third time, a fourth time. By this time, we’re now talking about all the ideas that I’m to bring forward but incorporating all of that character and story that they’ve taken from me. Then the final stage is we go into an ensemble rehearsal, where all the actors come together, but we don’t have to talk about character anymore. We talk about content and story. And that was I think the most respectful way, and that’s how I chose to go about it.”
It is Slade’s second vampire movie. His previous one, 30 Days of Night was about violent monstrous vampires. Broody dreamboat vampires were no sweat. “Aren’t they fascinating? Aren’t they fascinating? In many ways, they are the worst and the best of us. I hate to use the word dichotomy, between this film and the last in terms of vampires, but what was so attractive to me about the Twilight film after doing the horrific film I did before, is that what Stephanie had done was so cleverly package all that is so dangerous and slightly sexy into this purity and then surrounded it with family and made it lovable and acceptable. At the end of the day, there’s still a carnivore in that so that’s such a great bit of material to work with.”
The third film also allows Slade to delve a little bit more into some of the other Cullens. Jasper and Rosalie get flashbacks that show them as human. “It was a lot of fun for sure. The schedule was the schedule was the schedule. We would shoot the Rochester Park scene like a month before we’d shoot the night scene. Actually, we shot the hotel room and the outside scene where Rosalie’s walking down the street on the same night. No, they were great fun to do. You know, to me Eclipse has these great backstories which would make a film on its own. The sad part was how little we could show.”
Some big ideas got whittled down to what you’ll see on screen. “I remember early on we wanted to do a giant kind of newborn battle from the 1700s which was just impractical. We just couldn’t do it. We were like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to get 300 people flying through the air and killing each other.’ Then we were like, ‘How many days? We’re going to tell this part of the story.’ Yeah, it was great to do a Western, a ‘30s period piece, a 1600s historical piece and a contemporary film at once. It was a dream. One of the horseriding sequences had to be shot with a second unit, because I wasn’t available. And I was like, ‘Whatever you do, get his face here.’ We’d draw storyboards. People had to know, because the rest of it was going to be nighttime, but people had to see Jasper’s face as human. It was important. So they went and shot it and they got it and they came back and did a beautiful job as the second unit did.”
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will open to theaters on June 30.
For the poster, trailers and more movie info, go to the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of Summit Entertainment
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