Meeting Chris Weitz at the Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

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Oh myello there Chris and Alexandre! Even this lady couldn't contain herself!

Dear LTT-ers/nmm.org-ers (that’s your new name!) and Chris Weitz fans (which should be everyone),

Today was a mindgasm, red letter day in the life of me, your faithful blogger: Moon. As both a Twilight fan, music fan and aspiring music supervisor, I was able to attend the Billboard Film and TV Music conference in Beverly Hills to cover to events for both us and our awesome super special friend and affiliate Will at NewMoonMovie.org who secured our entrance into the event. The conference featured two Twilight New Moon themed panels. One discussing the soundtrack success featuring New Moon soundtrack music supervisor Alex Patsavas, a VP from Atlantic Records and Paul Katz, music consultant and uppity up at Summit Entertainment.

The other New Moon themed panel was “A Conversation with a Director and Composer” featuring Chris Weitz and Alexandre Desplat who discussed New Moon and its score and music for a hour. Now, this was some hardcore discussion regarding the composition of the score, influences how they began the process, etc. It was NOT a panel where they discussed Robsten or anything about the actors other than what pertained to the topic of the New Moon score.

I’ll be writing a more in depth post in the next few days reviewing both panels in more depth but for today I’ll give you a quick overview of some juicy tidbits from Chris’s panel and what WE (yes WE I met the man himself talked about after the panel) chatted about. Hang on kiddies, we’ll get there but first some of what Chris and Alexandre discussed:

  • There were themes (musical) created for for each character. IE one for Bella, one for Bella and Edward, one for Jacob
  • To reflect the confusion in Bella’s mind after Edward leaves, at times the “Edward” and “Jacob” themes are “blurred” together to help created “subliminal confusion” in her mind
  • Jacob’s “theme” features electric guitar. Alexandre used a guitar that sounded very similar to an Indian sitar and Chris jokingly reminded him that Jacob is Native (Indian) American not Indian from India
  • The score will not featuring any of Carter Burwell’s score. (I’ll expound more on this decision in a later post)
  • And the most important info: Chris wore a lot of olive and tan. He was in full on DILF mode with cargo pants, striped socks (i love a good sock!), some sort of olive sweater and a leather man purse. Work it Chris, WORK IT!

Ok, so here’s the part you all want to read MY CHRIS WEITZ ENCOUNTER (that didn’t take place in my dreams):
FOLLOW THE CUT (moohahahaa)

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Topics to include: how to be RAD

The conference was super chill and after each panel attendees were free to approach the panel. So you bet your Pattinson Pants once the panel finished I jumped over the first row (I sat in the second row) I booked it over to were Chris was standing with someone and walked right up shaking in my boots with no fear to ask him questions for you all and also to share how much WE as the fandom appreciate him. I Introduced myself, shook his hand (yup, I shook hands with the DILF) and said I was repping a couple Twilight blogs and his eyes lit up with excitement and maybe a bit of sheepishness, probably expecting me to fan girl out on him. But hello this is your girl Moon! I am nothing if not calm cool and collected on the exterior when in crazy situations as I quietly freak out on the inside. It is my spiritual gift! So of course I kept that shiz on lock and got down to business.

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And I'm funny! Seriously Alex and cougar lady, I am the bee's knees!

After I explained who I was I thanked him for being part of the panel and proceeded to tell him that we as a fandom wanted to thank him for doing such an outstanding job with New Moon and that from the looks of things on November 20th we were going to love the final film. Then I asked what he was most excited for fans to see in the movie. He answered that he wanted us to hear the rest of the score (yea, yea panel’s over pal, give us the real answers!) since we hadn’t gotten to hear much. I said that we heard “The Meadow” and that I thought Alexandre’s song “The Meadow” was beautiful and that some of the fans had expressed that they thought “Bella’s Lullaby” should have been more like “The Meadow” and that the song was that great. His eyes lit up and pretty much said “really!? I’ve heard some good things from the fans” and I asked him if he went online and read what the fans were saying or if he watched any reaction videos and he said that he did and that everything he’d heard was positive and that he was really excited about our reactions and then went on to say most of all he really couldn’t wait for us to see the ENTIRE movie and not just clips and leaks. I jumped in and asked him what he thought about all the leaks and spoiler clips that people were seeing online and on TV shows and if he liked them. Chris told me that “Ya know what, I really believe less is more” and that he wished there weren’t so many clips out for people to see until the big day. I told him I felt the same way and couldn’t wait to enjoy the full film. I slightly turned around to see a HUGE arse group of ALL ladies had gathered around us and were listening in and getting antsy so I thanked Chris for his time and told him I wished I could hog all his time but would let someone else have a turn. I thanked him again and he thanked me and told me if was nice to meet me. Oh Chris, if you only knew! Then I wanted to run around the room high fiving people yelling “I MET THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND: THE DILF!” but I tweeted it instead and ran off to lunch with a pal on a CeeDub high and not even Rob and Kristen finally showing their sullen faces in Vancouver could burst my bubble!

So friends, that was my big meeting (all 2 minutes of it) with Chris Weitz and if I wasn’t already a total smitten kitten with him before I am like the president of his fan club now. For serious, he was super down to earth, spoke thoughtfully, had the best dry sense of humor and it feels as though he REALLY cares about making New Moon the best he can make it for US. If you’re not already on the Chris Weitz train, then buy a damn ticket and get on board cause I’m the conductor and this guy RULES!

Choo Choo!
Themoonisdown

PS A HUGE thank you and shout out to New Moon Movie and Will for making this happen. I’m so thankful and glad I could represent our sites and you guys today. If you’ve not a regular at NMM and Eclipse Movie (and really, who isn’t!?) you should be, Will and his team always have the latest and greatest news about the Twilight saga. Get over there now and give them some love! And by love I may mean a beeeej or four ;)

Gush about Chris in The Forum
Rob decided to show his face yesterday, UC might discuss it or maybe not at LTR

(wow, this was wordy, bear with me!)

  • Irreversibly Altered

    I think I am totally ‘Smitten Kitten’ with both CeeDubs AND Moon!!! After reading about your impromptu meet and greet, Girlfriend is showing some *skills* when it comes to interviewing under pressure. I am deeming you my new ‘Marry’ in Fuck/Marry/Kill Twilight!

  • southernbelle

    Moon that’s awesome! I’m so jealous! :-) Thanks for posting your experience. You were 1 degree closer to Rob for meeting Chris Weitz.

  • TeamSeth

    Moon, bravo! ::standing ovation::

    I do wish you had lingered a touch longer and pressed at least 2 more questions while you had his undivided attention. You could have even closed it with a simple, “So, have you and the CGI team come up with a way to do the birth scene?” Maybe he would’ve slipped up, what with your cunning ways and bedroom eyes. Just sayin’.

    About the panel: Thank goodness they’re doing character themes. I finally feel that NM is officially a grown-up film. You know, like how John Williams has the Skywalker theme and the Imperial March. Somehow I’d say that Star Wars is considered a real film saga.

    • SassyPants

      I was just thinking of the parallels of the saga this morning and how Empire was considered the best of the saga. I think it’s a good omen for NM!

    • SassyPants

      I love the ‘bravo!’. A wonderful all-purpose word applicable way beyond the world of ballet. Throw in a ‘merde’ for good measure and I’ll <3 you forever.

      • TeamSeth

        Haha, there’s this book called Objects in Mirror Closer Than They Appear by Katharine Weber. It’s beautiful. But one of the characters always gets dressed in the dark and bumps into the bed frame and mutters, “merde”. (She lives in Geneva).

  • TeamSeth

    Also, I’ve been googling this for days. What company does the CGI for NM?!

    • tuesdaymidnight

      According to IMDB, the special effects are being done by MastersFX and Tippett Studio, but, I can’t find any more details than that…

      • TeamSeth

        thanks tuesday! :)

  • http://adriennetrafford.blogspot.com adrienne

    so proud!! you and UC are THIS CLOSE! (to meeting the sparkly one i just know it)

  • 3hboyshouse

    Awesomeness, Radical and all those other cool things that I used to say in middle school!

    squeeeeee!!

  • NewDawn

    This post made me so happy that I squealed at the dinner table (yea im on my laptop at dinner with my mom, she was watching tv) and then had to backtrack and explain… I got the oh-shes-talking-about-twilight dazed unfocused look.

    Anyway, I’m totally excited to see how the score turns out in the movie and I’m also amazingly shocked that it took me all day to check this site! I dived head first into some fanfic and spent all day reading that crap and didn’t even realize it…

  • MidnightCyn

    MOON I AM SO JEALOUS! I can’t read what every one wrote cause I don’t know how long the puter will stay running (I have figured out it is probably the hard drive) anyway I am so ready to pack my bags and move to LA….Moon can I come stay with you and have fun??? I CAN be fun! Plus, I am always good for a laugh, usually at my own expense but still a laugh is a laugh…. :) So glad you got to go to this event and am really impressed at how cool you were…wished I could have seen your tweets after….thanks for all the inside info!! :)

  • MidnightCyn

    BTW Huge apologies for my grumpy mood yesterday….guess I was having Twi-related withdrawl symptoms….plz forgive!

    • JodieO

      Consider it done. The Twi-drawls are a nasty business.

  • http://born2bjetthead.wordpress.com JJElektric

    I skimmed this post, because I don’t even want soundtrack spoilers, but I just wanted to pop in and say that I love Chris Weitz! I was excited to find out that he was directing New Moon because he starred in one of the best movies of all time: Chuck and Buck. It’s not for young kids at all, but it’s disturbing, sweet, and funny, all at the same time. Love it. Has anyone else here seen it?

  • quitesimplyepic

    Congratulations Moon! That must have been an exciting experience. Thanks for representing us non-crazy fans Moon.

    Reading what Chris and Alexandre had to say in regards to the score, I’m really excited to hear it. I’m also in the group that didn’t like Burwell’s “Bella’s Lullaby” (in the book its clearly a piano piece, not an orchestral piece Summit, Burwell etc).

    Also, music supervisor would be an amazing job, so good luck for the future :)

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  • http://likenardy@aol.com StuntThug

    Hello, as you may already noted I’m new here.
    I will be glad to receive any assistance at the beginning.
    Thanks and good luck everyone! ;)

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