David Slade Signs For Fans as a Last Eclipse Hurrah

David Slade signed Eclipse DVDs down at the Burbank Horror Shop, Dark Delicacies. Alison from TwiFans attended and took the photos below.

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There is also a video of the adventure found here.

David Slade put out the following message on Twitter,”Thanks to everyone who braved the LA winter at Dark Del this evening. It was a fun event, now resting my signing arm for a while. Dark Del signing my last official duty under the Twilight Saga regime. http://twitpic.com/3d8x4t”

Given David’s commentary in multiple interviews that once he concludes a project, he never looks back on it, this is probably the end of his Twilight related interaction.

Video: David Slade Talks to Vancouver Press

Video and more from the Vancouver-based press:

David also spoke to the Vancouver Sun:

“”Eclipse was a lot broader . . . but it’s still a character-based drama. That’s what I really enjoyed about it,” he says. “I think it’s also a much more adult film than (the previous two), because the characters are becoming more mature. There’s loads of fun stuff to play with, and because we treated it as a drama, the transformation (of character) takes place.”

The substance was always bloody and meaty, but Slade says the pragmatics of the whole ordeal were anything but easy. He feels exhausted just thinking about the experience.

“It was a 50-day shoot, with many 16-hour days,” he says.

To make things even more challenging, the cast was losing itself in its own Twilight cosmos. All actors have to surrender to their roles and inhabit their characters to some degree for the duration of production, so Slade was pleased his cast was taking the whole project seriously and sincerely.

Everyone was committed, he says.

“Kristen, in particular, was very tough on herself.”

Slade says because Stewart didn’t pull from her own life and her own person to play Bella Swan, she found it personally demanding to find Bella’s truth.

“She would say, ‘I don’t know who Bella is to me.’ In a lot of ways, I think she felt Bella was the antithesis to her, which presented a lot of challenges for Kristen. . . . She would beat herself up about it, because she wants to be there. She never wants to leave a scene undone.

“There were tears,” says Slade.”

See more on the Vancouver Sun.

Hit Fix Interviews David Slade For the Eclispe DVD Release

BryceeclipseHit Fix Spoke to David Slade for the Eclipse DVD release. The conversation gets a little technical, but it’s original material not likely to be rehashed in any other interview.

Was the largest set piece the vampire vs. wolves war scene?

Slade: I think the mountain top battle between Victoria, Edward, Riley, Sethwolf valor battle was probably the biggest most complex set piece. [I had to] make room in our schedule for me to go back and direct the key elements of that fight scene because the fight scene was like a three-act structure story. It’s not just, you know, a fight. It has a beginning, it has a middle, it has an end. It has various character traits that make things happen if they’re good. So, that fight sequence was one where the tree going over was a big part of the plot but was also part of the story because the story enveloped the character. The character of Victoria was that she was an escape artist. She always ran. And she was going to jump. She was going to get somewhere safe. She was always safe. So, a character is feeding into your fight. There’s no description in the book that she jumps into a tree. It was just like, “Well let’s make her jump into a tree because…” and you work that way. You work out the ideas through — she’s going to run away and she’s just to live another day but he’s going to have to find a way to bring her back with words. Still the character — even though it’s a fight, you know? – And then at a certain point he’s got to use words to goad her into the proximity it’s going to take to fight, you know? It’s a very, very structured thing. We didn’t shoot it for days on end but it was certainly one of the most complex things to engineer.  The actors went into training for it all and it was one of those things where I was solely kind of every day hammering away at until we shot it. And I think because there is a point where all of these things I’m talking about just randomly appear. They happen.
Slade: You know, in the end it was great in the first screening to hear everyone scream and cheer when Victoria dies. That worked.”

MTV: David Slade Explains One of the Cut Scenes

MTV has a countdown going for the Eclipse DVD release. This was a top moment.

“Though he couldn’t remember too many of the making-of segments, David was passionately involved with the DVD’s deleted scenes special feature…

Fortunately for all you Bella and Edward fans, one of the film’s cut scenes is a “sweet little moment” between the two. Apparently there was a running argument between the couple throughout the course of the film, but David ultimately decided to cut it from the film.

“We were trying to get the film to a manageable length, to flow really well, and it was like hitting a speed bump. You just felt it every time you hit these scenes,” he explained.

The scene that made it to the DVD’s special features is one that “closed the argument.” Edward is sitting outside Bella’s house and is being “kind of a jerk, making certain demands which Edward is like to do throughout all of these films,” and Bella finally gets fed up with him. She storms off to her room, locking her window, effectively telling Edward that he is not welcome in her boudoir that evening. But after a moment’s hesitation, she unlocks and opens the window. (Aw, we wouldn’t be able to keep the window closed either, Bella!).”

See more on Hollywood Crush.

EW Interviews David Slade

Entertainment Weekly has their interview with David Slade posted.  Having watched the Blu-Ray myself, I wondered why there weren’t more deleted scenes.  In particular, I wanted to see the scene where Bella envisions her life with Jacob.  Slade addressed this issue and others  in the interview.

Why don’t we see all the deleted scenes described in the commentaries on the DVD?
Stewart describes the first thing she shot on the movie — a “fairly ridiculous” sequence in which she imagined herself in the fireside flashback as the Quileute elder chief’s third wife, who stabbed and sacrificed herself to distract the vengeful female vampire attacking the village. Meyer and Godfrey describe people laughing when they saw it. Understandable that they would choose not to include it. Ditto the scene Bella imagined after her kiss with Jacob on the mountain. She saw them having grown old together. “There were a lot of issues with prosthetic makeup,” Slade says with a groan, then a laugh. “It gives me a bit of a shiver, as a filmmaker. As an idea, it was wonderful. What happens with a film is it becomes organic and it grows, and it tells you what it wants, and it was screaming loudly, ‘I don’t want that!’ to me.” Another scene described in the commentaries never actually got shot. “Stephenie really wanted to see Edward as a young man again, and we had this vision scripted for a while where Bella and he are together in Victorian times, as a kind of reverie,” Slade says.

To read the full interview, visit EW’s site.

Video:How Riley Evolved As a More Fleshed Out Character In Eclipse

David Slade, Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg, and Xavier Samuel speak about the process. TY to Summit for providing the clip

A Wedding For Bella and Edward in Eclipse?

Next Movie has shared part of their upcoming David Slade interview. (In case you are wondering, every media outlet in town interviewed David Slade during the last two days and their media embargo just lifted.) David shared this surprising tidbit:

“…according to David Slade, the director of the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” adaptation, it[the wedding] 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.”

Check it out on Next Movie.

Collider Interviews David Slade for the Eclipse DVD Release

David SladesetAs usual there is great stuff over at Collider. Christina Radish, who used to be at IESB, is now over at Collider. Christina has always provided great Twilight coverage no matter what site she works for:

“Earlier today, 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.”

See more on Collider

Eclipse DVD Preview With David Slade

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David Slade Heading to Vancouver Discussion Panel

David SladesetAccording to the Canadian news outlet The Province:

“Take away the screaming fans outside the barricades, and the making of the mega-hit vampire romance Eclipse had a lot in common with the harsh indie drama Hard Candy, says the man who directed both movies.

David Slade is returning to Vancouver, where he spent a year working on this summer’s blockbuster hit Eclipse, to talk to an audience of new filmmakers at the Vancouver Film and Television Forum about crafting a movie scene.

“It’s kind of similar, whether you’re working for a big studio or on an independent film. It’s never a playground,” says the British-born Slade, who will talk about the filming of a couple of scenes from each movie Oct. 2 at the industry-themed component of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The forum hosts filmmakers at the Vancouver International Film Centre from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Also speaking will be Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama, and Vince Gilligan, creator of TV’s Breaking Bad, among more than 70 Vancouver-based and international writers, directors and producers. Registration information and a full schedule are at www.viff.org.”

See more on The Province

Via Twilight Examiner

David isn’t the only film maker involved in a panel discussion. This coming weekend, Melissa Rosenberg is in New York City as part of the New Yorker Festival on a panel with Stephen King. Given past commentary of Stephen King, this should be interesting at the very least.