Sunday, December 20, 2009

Entertainment Weekly: Chris Weitz Reveals 10 Secrets About New Moon

I'll use the term "easter egg" here loosely, since most of these are just cool details. Did you catch any of these in the movie?

1. Hidden wolves

''Look for an upside-down engraving of a wolf in the shot of the bowl in which Carlisle burns his first-aid equipment; on Jacob's T-shirt when he meets Bella in the school parking lot for the first time; and a wolf trinket on the dream-catcher that he gives her.'' (Kerry: I caught the dreamcatcher and his shirt...not the bowl though!)

2. Vampire elevator music
''When Edward, Bella, and Alice get into the elevator on their way to see the Volturi, the music playing in the elevator is from Strauss' Die Fledermaus (a.k.a. The Bat).'' (Yes, but I'm a music nerd)

3. Emotional baggage?
''When Bella is looking for the meadow where she and Edward are seen lying down together, she carries a golden compass clipped to her backpack — part of my baggage!'' (hahah..I Love Chris Weitz)

4. Speedy suitor

''We did a little trick when Edward gets out of Bella's truck and they're arguing. We wanted to show Edward moving impossibly quickly, so we put Rob right next to the camera but out of sight, and used a double dressed like Rob in the driver's seat. When Edward gets out, it's the double, and then Rob steps in front of the camera, and it looks as if he got there faster than humanly possible.'' (Nifty trick...easter egg? no..)

5. Look it up
''If you want to know what Jacob says before he almost kisses Bella, ask a Quileute! The address of the Quileute tribal council is I can tell you this much: He says, Kwop kilawtley.'' (I think the general consensus is "Stay with me forever")

6. Tower of glower
''You can see Volterra's tower and the red-cloaked revelers from the festival of San Marco on the cover of Bella's copy of Romeo and Juliet when she wakes up in her bedroom.

7. Hope it was a rental...
''In the wolf-fight, we purposely knocked over the camera when the wolves tumble towards it; you can also hear the microphone thumping, as if an actual on-set animal had run into the camera and boom.'' (It worked, I actually jumped at that..)
8. Quileute culture
''When prepping to visualize Jacob's and Emily's houses, production designer David Brisbin and his team visited La Push and met the Quileute executive council. While they were there, a young Quileute girl gave David the first drum she made (this is a Quileute custom). To show appreciation, we decided to put the drum in a prominent shot — it's at the entrance of Emily's house, and you see it when Bella first enters. Also, the high pitched 'call' that Embry and Jared give when they jump out of Bella's car is a thing the Quileute kids do.'' ( I thought both these details were really interesting..awesome that they included these authentic details!)

9. Waxing romantic
''The reason the moon phases 'backwards' to reveal the title is that this is scientifically correct! I moderated an astrophysics seminar for the Science and Entertainment Exchange with noted astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson and he complained about the number of films that get simple science wrong. (Don't ask me to justify vampires or werewolves).''

10. That's Italian!
''In the Volturi chamber, Aro speaks Italian — 'La Tua Cantante' should be easy for readers of the books — he's referring to Bella's being Edward's 'singer,' whose blood calls out to him stronger than anyone else's. Later, when Bella tells him that he doesn't know anything about Edward's soul, he replies, 'Fore ... ne il vostro l'uno o altro' — 'Perhaps ... nor yours either.'''

How many did you notice?

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly


Amber (EyesofAmber) said...

I mentioned the wolf charm to Sabrina the last time we saw New Moon. I noticed the camera being knocked over the first time through and I loved it.

spellbound said...

I read on another blog that claimed to have the expertise of a native speaker that he said "I love you" in that scene. Can't remember which blog that was though. Wish we knew for sure! Great post!

Bouncy72 said...

lol, have to say the only thing I noticed was the camera in the wolf fight :)