Sunday, March 21, 2010

Edward for the Darcy Set

Whatever critical complaints I have about the Twilight series, I am still looking forward to seeing the sequel, New Moon (which should be arriving via Netflix today!)

People posted this shot of Robert Pattinson on set for a recent project, and the look is much more appealing to me than his usually scruffiness.

In other tangentially related thoughts, we watched the DVD specials last week for Pixar’s Up. The disc included a segment on the creative team’s field trip to Venezuela to visit the locations they used to draw inspiration for Paradise Falls. Multiple planes, off roaders, boats, and helicopters later, the artists sat on flat-topped mountains so high they have their own weather system, sketching plant life and rock formations, exclaiming how they couldn’t possibly have created as vivid a world without actually going there in person.

Contrast that with Stephenie Meyer, who did her research on a key Twilight location in Italy via the Internet from her house while her kids were sleeping. Yes, I would agree that it certainly wasn’t a description that made me feel like “I was there” in her book, but you make do with what you have. Pixar could afford to fund a massive travel venture. Ms. Meyer couldn’t. But they both turned out big successes using the resources they had.

9 comments:

mayberry said...

Ooh, we haen't watched the special features on Up yet. Will have to do that!

Asianmommy said...

Wow--what a beautiful scene.

Anonymous said...

I think Meyers also looked Forks up on the web as well. When I read New Moon, I felt the jump to Italy was one of the weakest points. Her writing was much strong in the woods and small town.

What film is Robert Pattison in?

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Amber said...

I have not yet read any Twilight books or seen any of the movies. However, as a mom with small kids I can understand why you would do something like that. You have to work with what you have, sometimes.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Interesting! I like what you had to say about how both methods worked. Of course, who wouldn't want to travel for "research," but in a pinch, maybe the Internet really does bring the world closer to us.

Bob said...

The blog would not let me comment yesterday. The waterfall is breath taking, but there has to be a high mountain to the left of the plateau to provide this much water.

Anonymous said...

More on the Robert Pattison film, Bel Ami:
A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women

with Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Cold Spaghetti said...

Ack... dilemma! Photo making me reconsider team Jacob.

ljc said...

I wonder what movie that is?