Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Visual Effects Supervisor of 'Eclipse' Takes Us Behind the Scenes

It's great when you can hear from the crew who worked behind the scenes of a movie especially the visual effects team of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

In the following interview with visual effects supervisor from Tippet Studios, Eric Leven, we get to hear about Chris Weitz (New Moon) and David Slade's (Eclipse) visual differences when it came to how they wanted the wolves to look in the films. Eric also gets into talking about Breaking Dawn and whether his team will be working on the final films.

Eric Leven Visual Effects Supervisor on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE from ColliderVideos on Vimeo.

•He’s wearing a Cloverfield t-shirt
•1:15 – How involved was he in the visual effects on New Moon and Eclipse
•2:00 – Why were the effects in Eclipse so much better than New Moon
•3:00 – Explains that David Slade was not a fan of the Wolf effects in New Moon and how it was different in Eclipse
•3:55 – Did they have more time on Eclipse for the effects
•4:45 – David Slade talk and what a director does…
•5:25 – Explains how Chris Weitz on New Moon wanted the wolves eyes to have almost human eyes and how Phil Tippet was against that decision. Goes on to explain how on Eclipse they wanted to make them wolf eyes and how everyone was on board with that decision…except Stephenie Meyers.
•6:40 – How long do they have for the effects work
•7:45 – Do they use off the shelf software or is it proprietary software. They have a special fur tool
•8:30 – How big is the studio? How many people work there?
•9:00 – What was the most challenging part of Eclipse and did they have one shot that took forever
•10:40 – Are they working on Breaking Dawn
•11:30 – Have they already pitched Summit on how they’d do the effects in Breaking Dawn
•13:30 – What else are they working on. Talks about Priest, Cats and Dogs 2, Immortals
•14:30 – What work did they do on Priest and has he seen the footage. With the film going 3D, how did that change things
•16:30 – We talk about post converted 3D
•17:30 – Tarsem and Immortals talk
•18:10 – What is he working on right now
•18:40 – Does he have hard core Twilight fans in his life
•19:20 – Talks about the crew collectibles for Twilight New Moon and Eclipse – talks about how many they made and who gets them

Twilight crew collectibles


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