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“Eclipse” director David Slade talks about the sparkle effect in the Twilight films

By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: Well-known for his fascination for directing films in the horror genre, “Eclipse” director David Slade knows his special effects. In a recent interview with FearNet, he commented extensively about his vision—and limitations—that arose—as he went through the process of making the Twilight film. One thing that he revealed that we won’t see in “Eclipse” is his original interpretation of the “sparkle” effect of a vampire’s skin. Nonetheless, this unrealized vision shows an interesting interpretation of Meyer’s unusual supernatural trait.

Said Slade, “We started down the path to radically redesign the sparkling Edward effect, but we just ran out of time on the R&D on that and ended up augmenting what already existed. What I wanted from that effect was the idea that even though he’s this cold, soulless thing, when the light hit him it’d refract light back and reflect onto you.

The interpretation of the sparkle between “Twilight” and “New Moon” was handled quite differently by Katherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz. Whereas Hardwicke played it up, allowing Edward’s sparkle to show through even in the overcast town of Forks, Wetiz’s vampires sparkled only when the plot called for it (e.g. Volterra and Alice’s vision of vampire Bella).

Slade’s vision seems to surpass what either director of the first two films had in mind. “There was a plasticity to it that took me out of the moment in the [first two] films,” continued Slade. “It’s not a criticism, it’s just that in terms of how I wanted to move forward I wanted a more organic approach… If you were kissing [Edward], you’d feel the warmth on your skin.”

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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One Comment

  • June 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m really interested to see how he handles this effect, since it is probably the most criticized special effect of the whole series. I felt that it was overdone in Twilight, and then just as ignored in New Moon, so I’m hoping Slade will bring a happy balance to the effect without it being cheesy.

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