How does it feel to be an author and walk onto the set of a movie based on your book? We’re guessing it feels ah-mazing! But to get a more in-dept account of how it really feels, author Lauren Kate revealed five details from the ‘Fallen‘ movie set to the folks over at Word & Film.
1. There’s a moment in the movie that would be wonderful in the book. Readers beg me not to let the movie stray from the book. I assure them that everyone working on the film agrees. But there is one new moment in the film that is so economical and so moving, it would have worked beautifully if it were in the novel. I hope my fans will think of this added scene like one of the “extra” chapters that accompany the Fallen books. I can’t wait for you to experience all of it on the big screen.
2. Scenes take unexpected directions. When I sit down to write a scene, I have a plan in mind, and I’m thrilled when a character disregards my goals and takes the story to a place I hadn’t imagined. On set, I saw that Scott Hicks welcomes this experience, too. He told me about a scene in which he thought the camera’s focus would be on Joely (Miss Sophia). After they’d shot the scene, he saw that Lola Kirke (Penn) was “emotionally peaking.” Scott shouted, “Roll!” just in time to capture an essential tear sliding down Penn’s cheek, never meant to be in the movie.
3. Actors can step into The Zone more quickly than writers. I require an hour of very focused window-staring before I can start writing, but I learned my first night on set how deft actors are at slipping in and out of character. I was having a conversation with Joely Richardson about a book we’d both adored when director Scott Hicks called her to set. Joely straightened her spine, tightened her expression, and Miss Sophia stalked away from me.
Read the rest over at Word & Film!
The “Fallen” movie stars Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson, Joely Richardson, Lola Kirke, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Juliet Aubrey, and Daisy Head. We can expect it to hit theaters sometime in 2015!