Fearnet Interview with Twilight Producer Wyck Godfrey – Feathers Promised!
In a recent interview with Fearnet.com, Twilight Saga producer Wyck Godfrey talks about why David Slade was selected to direct “Eclipse” and why Bill Condon was chosen for “Breaking Dawn”. He talks about the possibility of 3D in “Breaking Dawn” and how they could still get a PG-13 rating with the childbirth scene. To the delight of Twilight fans around the world, he also promises lots of feathers in “Breaking Dawn”!
Well, I can’t argue with that. Now, you and I have talked before about Breaking Dawn and how it would never go beyond a PG-13 rating, but recently rumors of an R-rating have sprung back up. Would you care to set the record straight again?
NC-17. We’re going full on X. [Laughs] Do they have triple-X anymore? I believe fully, I’m unwavering in my belief that these will be PG-13 movies. And really, I say that not because I know what we’re shooting but because I feel that they should be. I feel like the audience of the books and the movies, many of them are under 18; my ten-year-old son goes to these movies, I can’t make an R-rated conclusion to the franchise.
Is your ten-year-old son going to understand pillow-biting and feathers strewn everywhere?
By the time it comes out, he’ll be 11 and a half, and I think that’s all that was on my mind!
Fans around the world seem to have one big request, and that is: Feathers. Lots of feathers.
We have feathers currently being grown on geese around the world so that we can steal them for our pillow-biting feather eruption!
Fans Tweet High Praises for “Eclipse” in IMAX
a special press screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took place in Los Angeles, California, and while full, developed reviews are not yet available, those in attendance have issued their initial thoughts from the film via Twitter . . . and, so far, the movie has received quite a lot of praise!
Here are some of the tweets critiquing the fim so far.
* Heidi, Twilight Facebook: “Let me just say you guys will LOVE Eclipse”
* Lauren, Twilight Facebook: “Just got out of ‘Eclipse’! It was AMAZING. Thank you @DAVID_A_SLADE for really bringing out the best of this book and movie. :)”
* Twilight Lexicon: “The Whole admin team just got to see Eclipse in IMAX. All of us agree 100% with Loris post Oprah Show review!”
Twilight Saga Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg Talks “Breaking Dawn”
Ministry of Gossip: ‘Breaking Dawn’ is no small undertaking. How’s adaptation going?
Melissa Rosenberg: It’s going really well — it’s a very big challenge. It’s just thick with mythology and characters and choosing which stories to bring forward. It’s a beast, but I think it’s going well.
MoG: Stephenie Meyer has been consulting on the films from the start. Given this is the final chapter, what are her major priorities for the fans?
MR: She has always only demanded one thing, and that is that we adapt the book. All of her really big boundaries have to do with just adapting the book. That said, she isn’t terribly precious about things. She’s supportive of my bringing invention to it.
MoG: Speaking of which, [spoiler alert!] fans are crazy over Bella losing her virginity, the graphic birth of her and Edward’s child, and her vampire transformation. Any idea how you’ll handle such serious imagery?
MR: On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are “It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!” For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.
The “Eclipse” Engagement Ring
Eclipse engagement ring plot was a big deal for the movie. Picking out the ring for the engagement between Edward and Bella in the Twilight Eclipse film wasn’t easy. The third Twilight film, Eclipse, is essentially centered on the love triangle of Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson’s characters, in which an engagement ring is revealed.
Twilight author Stephanie Meyer was very adamant about getting the ring just right. The film’s prop master, Grant Swain, reportedly spent a huge amount of time researching the ring and commissioning samples from various designers. Unfortunately, none of these rings were acceptable.
Meyer eventually had to design the ring herself with the aid of Portland-based jeweler Rick Thurber.
David Slade Tweets About Wrapping “Eclipse”
“Eclipse” director David Slade recently tweeted to fans about finishing up with the final touches for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”. He shared the following message with fans:
Last night completed our final duties on delivering Eclipse My wonderful fiance took this picture of my expression http://twitpic.com/1we0mm
1:34 AM Jun 13th via Twitpic
Billy Burke Set To Release Album With Release Party at LA House of Blues
On June 22nd, 2010 — “removed”, my 12 song debut album will be available as a digital download or mail order physical copy (with 12 page booklet) either here on this site, at iTunes, or wherever you buy your music. Please know that hard copies of the CD with booklet are in limited supply so if you want one we urge you to order quickly.
For those who live or will be in the Los Angeles area on June 22nd, we’ll be kicking off the release with a party at The House Of Blues in Hollywood where the band and I will be performing a few cuts from the record. This will be an invitation only event, however WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY SOME PASSES TO SUBSCRIBERS so if you haven’t yet already, sign up and stay tuned if you’re interested in attending the show. More info will be coming soon.
Shock Till You Drop Interviews With Eclipse Cast, Director, Producer, & Screenwriter
Shock Till You Drop has transcripts of interviews with David Slade, Wyck Godfrey, Melissa Rosenberg, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner from the LA press junket over the weekend.
Q: What did you do to prepare for Eclipse and how did you bring your own style to the film?
Slade: There’s a vocabulary, a cinematic vocabulary to each of the films they’ve done. And it doesn’t come from that much premeditation. It comes from two things. One, seeing the film in my head before we go out and make it, and being very clear about that and planning it. Two, [doing] what’s right for the scene and the character. I believe the most interesting thing to look at in the world is the human face, so that is why I tend to be a little closer to human faces than maybe other directors will be.
Wyck Godfrey: When you were first talking to us about the movie, you had said that by letting the background fall out of focus and really focus on the characters in the dangerous scenes it creates a heightened sense of anxiety. You feel like you don’t really know what’s back there, and in the romantic scenes it creates an incredible sense of intimacy. You really feel like you sense these two people in that world and I really think that was effective.
Slade: I was just going to go on to elaborate for one sentence, which is to say that with close-up comes selective focus, and it is to focus the viewer, to point them in a direction. And when I talked about vocabulary, in a sense, you get a close-up which has very little amount of focus in it, but you’ll see medium shots and wider shots that will bring the audience’s attention to a specific place, which is completely intentional.
Question: Now that you’ve done three of these are there things that you wish had made into the movie from the book that didn’t?
Stewart: Yeah, totally. There are a million things. I mean every single time we watch one of the movies, especially when the cast watches it together it’s always an incredibly frustrating experience. That’s why I’m glad that Breaking Dawn is going to be two movies which I can finally say. So there’s going to be less of that, less of having to lose stuff. I know you want specific things but I’m trying to think of one now but I can’t.
Question: Is there a scene in Breaking Dawn that you hope makes the movie?
Stewart: There are a million and we haven’t even shot it yet. I can’t wait to see and I can’t wait to get married and have a kid. It’s all of that. It’s going to be crazy.
Q: Edward and Victoria have this really cool fight scene, how much training did you and Bryce have to go through and what was it like having to fight a girl?
Pattinson: Weirdly one of the producers told me wow you look so enthusiastic in that fight scene, much more so than any one in the series. No I did a bit of practice with Bryce, it’s really hard to do stuff with her because she’s the gentlest person and she’s always laughing when you do anything so we did a little bit and kind of half heartedly and then she’d be afraid of hurting me even though she’d only be hitting [does light tap]. Most of the vicious stuff I did was with a stunt double who was really, really tough. But the bits with Bryce we’re just kind of rolling around and grabbing onto each other but yeah it was fun.
Q: In Breaking Dawn what do you think is Edward’s evolution?
Pattinson: I haven’t read it yet! It’s weird, I’m starting it a month after this job and it’s something I’m quite glad I haven’t read it yet. I didn’t intend to not read it until now, it’s quite exciting. I just heard brief rumors about what happens in the story but I don’t really know what happens at all.
Q: Why should people see this movie?
Lautner: If you like the first and second movie then you are definitely going to like this movie. If you haven’t seen the first or second movies, you’re still going to like it. It basically takes everything, the romance, the action, the suspense, the danger everything in the first two movies and times it by five in this one. It’s by far my favorite movie. It’s exciting. It’s very dangerous. They’re at war the entire time, but you still have that romance and it’s elevated because this is the height of the triangle. Edward and Jacob are forced to team up together and protect Bella from Victoria and Riley who are after her. It was a very long way of telling you why you should see this movie. You should see the movie.
I love that Wyck Godfrey is promising feathers in “Breaking Dawn”. That is just too funny! It will certainly be interesting to see how they make that happen. Will we see an exploding down pillow or will it be much like in the book where Bella wakes up wondering why she’s covered in feathers?
Can I just say how jealous I am about the IMAX screening? Holy crow! I was planning to go see it in IMAX as well, but the IMAX theater here in Nashville was flooded in the flood last month and that mall has been condemned.
In Melissa Rosenberg’s interview, she talks about the scene where Bella tells Charlie that she’s a virgin being the “funniest, most awkward scene in the film.” I totally forgot about that and didn’t even think about it being in the movie. For some reason, I was thinking that was at the beginning of “Breaking Dawn”. Now that I’ve been reminded of it, I cannot wait to see it. Charlie has a way of stealing the show and I think that this could possibly rival Charlie with the shotgun when Edward meets him in “Twilight”!
There’s a lot of talk about David Slade and his close-up shots. It will be interesting to note how much more close-up than they are in comparison to the other two films. I thought that Catherine Hardwicke had a lot of close-ups, as did Chris Weitz. Hmmm….we’ll just have to see!
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