CHRIS WEITZ – WHO IS THIS ‘NEW MOON’-DIRECTOR? visited the set of ‘New Moon’ and watched directo Chris Weitz. His quiet, polite mannerisms, even during take after take. The fans will be pleased, Weitz looks like he knows what he’s doing.

Coming into the project, Weitz’s filmmaking pedigree was already impressive. He’s notched numerous successes under his belt, including an Oscar nomination for ‘About a Boy’ and the honor of bringing Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ novels to the big screen, in the form of 2007’s ‘The Golden Compass’.

Talking to cast-mates, all agree, they love him: Melissa Rosenberg called him a “lovely guy”; Taylor Lautner: “What I love about Chris is, the set is very calm and we’re just having a lot of fun”; Rachelle Lefevre: “We love him.”

When he was confirmed to direct ‘New Moon’, Weitz wrote an open letter to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s books and Catherine Hardwicke’s film. “I want to write briefly to try to put you at ease, and to give you reason to hope for and expect the best.”

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Lucky me I’d watch him at the set in Montepulciano in May – and suddenly I fell in love with him … with his way of working … his way of imaginating thing … his personal presence. And after watching the first trailer all fears (like the transformation) had vanished into thin air – everything was just perfect.

What’s about you – of course, you’ll love ‘New Moon’ – but do you think Chris Weitz’s dedication to Meyer’s novels serve him for the better? And how much of a difference might his ease with actors make in the finished performances we see on screen?