“This is the only thing I’ve ever done that’s had such a fan subculture, so with the deleted scenes I wanted to do a little justification for them,” Slade said.
Chief among the scenes cut from the theatrical version of the film was an exchange between Stewart’s Bella and her on-screen dad Charlie, played by Billy Burke.
The two have a bonding moment after her high school graduation, one of Bella’s last mortal activities before Pattinson’s Edward follows through on making her a vampire.
“It’s all in Billy’s face, when you watch the film 30-odd times or more, there’s more in his face than in his words,” Slade said. “I was so confident that was going to make it in, we did it in one shot. It was two people trying to be as close to each other as possible.”
‘Eclipse’ Director Says ‘Twilight’ Wedding Almost Came Early
Any Twi-Hard knows that Bella Swan’s extravagant wedding to her handsome vampire suitor occurs in the beginning of series closer “Breaking Dawn” — chapter three, to be exact.
But according to David Slade, the director of the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” adaptation, it might have come a little earlier on the big screen.
“We discussed a lot of the things at the script-writing stage — at one point, we were even going to shoot the wedding at the end of [“Eclipse”] but we knew there was another film coming,” Slade tells NextMovie exclusively.
“We knew that a lot of that could go into the next film. And we just made the most concise version of this story that we could.”
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Collider had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with director David Slade, in which he talked about all of the special features and extras that even the most hardcore fans are sure to enjoy, how every aspect of making the film was daunting, that one of his favorite scenes was the kitchen scene between Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Charlie (Billy Burke), and how he doesn’t judge a film by it’s financial or critical success, but rather how closely it achieves his original vision. He also said that he’s currently narrowing down what he’s going to be working on next, and that all of his choices are very different from his previous work.
Question: What will fans get most excited about, in regard to the special features and extras that you’ve selected for this DVD?
DAVID SLADE: You know, I don’t know. That’s bad. I made the film and haven’t even seen these things, except to approve them. What I will say is that I think it’s a point worth making that, for a film like this, because of the fan base, I liken it to a subculture. It’s not quite punk rock, but it’s a fan culture, like Star Wars fans. It’s a positive thing and I’ve always been very, very supportive of fan cultures. I’m a fan of all kinds of things. With a DVD, you want something you can own, you can watch, you can come to grips with and you can explore. It’s something larger than the film, when it’s going out to a fan base like this. So, I guess that’s my answer. I hope that they like all of it.
The thing that I remember doing myself is the commentary on the deleted scenes. I don’t do commentaries on films because A) I’m not very good at it and B) it’s an odd thing that I discovered, on my first film, that you go through this really intense experience of making a film and then you sit in a little room with a monitor and you reduce the thing to a bunch of silly anecdotes. It’s really unfulfilling and I’ve never really enjoyed listening to them anyway, so I just don’t do them. I’ve made a point, since then, of not doing them.
But, one of the things I thought was important, particularly because of this fan base and because of how much stock they put into the stories, was just to talk about the stuff we took out – that we shot and we didn’t put in – and the reasoning behind it. I felt it needed a bit of justification. There were some scenes that I actually really liked and would like to have put them in. And who knows? They may be favorites of people within the fan cultures. Film becomes a living organism. After awhile, it begins to tell you what it needs and you’re usually best listening.
What is the most memorable thing you’ll take away from having been a part of all of this?
SLADE: Going to bed, every night. I just remember going, “Oh god, I get to sleep for awhile.” There were so many things. There are favorite scenes or moments, and there were things that were just predictably fun. The scene where Charlie (Billy Burke) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) have the discussion in the kitchen, which starts out as trying to explore whether she understands this need for marriage and turns into this admission of being a virgin, was genuinely fun because both actors have great comic timing. It wasn’t about going in to find the joke. The joke was there, and everything was actually a bonus. I remember that being tons of fun. And always with really emotionally-charged scenes, you get a tingle because nothing is quite going to be like the moment of actually seeing it happen, in the moment, on the monitor. It may be great in the dailies and it may still have all of that resonance, but just being there, in a moment of truth, is always something you remember. I remember so many of those that I’d bore the hell out of you, recounting them.
Do you feel it was a help or a hindrance with Eclipse that the cast had already been together for two previous films?
SLADE: It was a bit of both. Yes, there is something absolutely wonderful to build upon because they’ve done it before. But, the way it worked for me was that I met each actor individually and asked, quite honestly, what worked and what didn’t work, so we could excise what didn’t work and build upon what worked. And with so little time to shoot the film, and pressures of the schedule and weather, and all the rest of it, it certainly wouldn’t have been as successful, had they not been through this before. But, to an extent, this is also the most mature of the films so far, so there wasn’t too much to be done to look backwards. It was mainly, essentially a process of growing forwards from where they came from. But, it’s good to know where you’ve come from.
Was it fun, as a filmmaker, to get to show some of the characters’ backstories and bring that new aspect to the story?
SLADE: Yeah, I actually spent the most time, when I was reading the book, really researching and going back and re-reading the stuff like Jasper’s (Jackson Rathbone) backstory and Rosalie’s (Nikki Reed) story. Those are the ones that I actually had the most fun reading in the book as well. At a certain point, I remember that there was theoretical talk about cutting one or another of those scenes out because they weren’t essentially that critical to the main three characters’ story, but we kept them all and they were really fun. It’s one of those things, when you have a novel and you have source material, where you can actually really go and explore that stuff. You’re not actually pulling it out of your own ass. You’re actually referencing something. That’s as close as you get to doing historical drama without doing historical drama. And we had Stephenie [Meyer] there all the time, so even if it wasn’t clear in the novel, she would always have such a clear picture of this world and this universe, and she can answer any question. You could ask her a year apart and it will be the same answer she gives you, every time.
Slade started work on Eclipse when the second Twilight movie, New Moon, was finished but before it had been released.
“This huge, enormous zeitgeist of a thing hadn’t quite happened yet,” he says, adding that when the tide of screaming fans did build around the film set, he was too busy to pay much attention,
The film’s security people would erect fences at exterior locations to keep fans far away, and Slade would be at work in the back of a car for the ride to set each day. “Just getting it done became a thousand questions — swatch cards, costume approvals, storyboards. I would have my head in my notes.”
He remembers seeing fans with flowers standing in the rain as cast and crew left work after an all-night shoot in the woods one night. “I’ve got a lot of respect for those kids — God that’s tenacity. I have a lot of time for the subcultures that bring kids together, regardless of subject matter. Often it’s just a good solid source for people to bond.”
Slade says he saw Eclipse as more of a romance.
“Within the two pulling forces of romance and terror, I wanted to try and sample both,” he says. “I don’t think they really did it [in the previous Twilight movies] so much. I wanted Rob [Pattinson] to be scary. I wanted him to have a visceral quality, where a flash of his eyes kind of made it look like he could kill.”
Slade says he approached Eclipse as a standalone film. “There are films that came before, and you inherit cast and crew . . . but I really didn’t spend any time studying the other movies.”
He says he met more than once with each actor individually before starting rehearsals together, “background cast, all the Cullen family, the wolves, all those guys — as many as I possibly could in the time that I had.”
He got them to talk about what they liked and didn’t like about the earlier films, and in subsequent meetings he talked with them about what he wanted.
“You have to take the best of what they’ve done, acknowledge that it’s good, and what’s not good, take them to a good place to start work,” he says.
Another thing he did was to move video monitors away from the set, so the actors wouldn’t worry about what they looked like.
“They concentrated on the moment, that I felt worked,” he says. “Particularly people who are doing they same role several times . . . they could be [saying] ‘Am I doing that look again?'”
Slade talks about scene structure, saying most scenes have the same three-act form as an entire movie, and quotes Plato on the balance between craft and form.
“I’m going to sound like a wanker now for mentioning Plato,” says Slade. “For Twilight, we’re not talking about the greatest art, but about trying to create something that works, that people respond to.”
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When you put your heart and soul into something as intense as the duration of a film production, you become completely lost in it. You focus on doing your very best to get it right each day and you work on this for so long that you assume an ownership of it.
When shooting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I always felt an awareness of how many people this film would reach and as a result, knew that this film did not just belong to myself, the producers and the studio, but more so, to all of you, the fans of The Twilight Saga.
At the end of the day, after all the hard work is done, all that’s left is the film itself, and your overwhelmingly positive and supportive responses have made me feel like we must have done something right. As a filmmaker, this is a rare and strange feeling of connection with an audience of which I will never forget and I thank you all for it.
LOS ANGELES — Ask many a teenage girl to which team are they most loyal and it’s unlikely you’ll hear about the Blackhawks, White Sox, Bears or Cubs. You’ll probably get an earful about “hits” of a different kind from the new movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” You’re Team Edward if you love the moody vampire Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson. Team Jacob is for fans of the usually shirtless, chiseled abs of Taylor Lautner’s werewolf persona, Jacob Black.
Recently, I was a guest of Summit Entertainment in Los Angeles, talking with both actors, who are now on their third installment of fang-filled love tug of war.
You both have been through three different directors on these movie adaptations. What’s been the difference for you?
Robert Pattinson: I don’t know necessarily if it shows in the final film, but the difference between Chris Weitz (“New Moon” director) and David Slade (“Eclipse” director) is dramatic. Chris saw the first one and just thought that he wanted to follow along the road. David wanted to do it completely different from the first two. It all felt so fresh right from the first day. Edward’s movement and such, from every single part of the performance, it just really shook it up a little bit.
Taylor Lautner: Well, Jacob gets a little more frustrated and a little heated in this one. It was very emotional for me. There are a lot of emotional scenes between Jacob and Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) and Jacob and Edward. He becomes very close to Bella, there’s the much-talked-about kissing scene — but also all of the fighting scenes, so it was good … it was much more dramatically challenging.
And what about that kissing scene with Kristen? I know that you’re both very good friends. That has to be a little awkward.
TL: We are very close friends, but I wouldn’t say it was awkward. After we finished a take of the kissing scene that was kind of steamy, there would be a moment of silence and then we’d look at each other and she’d go, “Ewww, we just kissed … weird.” And then we had to do it again and again. After a while, it got kind of mechanical.
In the movie, your characters are both in love with Bella and in hot pursuit of her interests. She doesn’t know which way to turn and even is at the core of the battle that breaks out in this film. In real life, could you be in a relationship that was so difficult to have?
RP: Oh, no way. I’m terrible at that. I can’t even deal with people shouting at each other. The slightest bit of conflict and I’m gone immediately. It’s one of the challenges of this movie for me. It’s balancing the emotional aspects with the physical demands. Occasionally, there come moments where you have to portray a big story within a fight scene and it does become quite complicated.