David Slade never went to film school. Rather, the 40-year-old director of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an art-college grad who spent 16 years shooting videos and commercials, doing 3-D animation, and writing articles before directing his first feature, the 2005 thriller Hard Candy, starring Ellen Page. ”I’m a jackass of all trades,” he jokes. Perhaps that journeyman sensibility helped him on Eclipse. Here, he shares his thoughts on working with the stars of the hit franchise.
On Kristen Stewart
”The moment the cameras roll, she is immediately Bella. She knows her inside out, yet she’s open enough to discuss any point. I spent most of my time just reassuring her [that we got the shot], as opposed to directing.”
On Taylor Lautner
”Taylor is very hardworking and he loves the physical stuff. The scene in the garage between him and Bella is a really tense, emotional moment, and I think the performances were really measured, really straight.”
On Robert Pattinson
”Rob thinks a lot. Sometimes the issue was actually overanalysis. Sometimes [I’d say], It’s just about love. The direction is simple: ‘You love her, [someone else] just grabbed her, and now you’re pissed.”’