British director David Slade – who made his mark with the psychological mind-warping flick Hard Candy (starring a very menacing Ellen Page who takes things just a lit-tle too far in the amputation department) scored the high profile gig of a lifetime with his work on the latest installation of everybody’s favorite/detested vampire series, Twilight. No more Ramen Noodles for him!
The 40 year old took over where Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz left off with what is reportedly a more moody representation of Stephanie Meyer’s tale of star-crossed sweethearts, one who has a vampiric thirst for his girlfriend’s blood.
Slade recently chatted about the experience of capturing the hotly-anticipated footage for Eclipse – which will officially be in theatres on June 30th) — while working with an already established cast and revealed some of the eco-centric aspects of its behind-the-scenes production (along with the film’s producer Wyck Godfrey):
- They saved as many of the construction elements and set pieces as possible for reuse/future Twilight installments, reinforcing battered components with creative craftsmanship when necessary rather than just disposing of them.
- Slade says that “the conservation of nature” was a large concern for the crew: “We made sure that we didn’t touch or damage anything that was there, and we left everything exactly as best we could. We were as responsible as we could be, but certainly that was one of the biggest things for us, was going into one of the most beautiful natural habitats and then making sure we left them exactly as we found them.”