'Eclipse': Behind the new and improved wolves


If you've seen The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, odds are you left raving about the wolves - particularly the scene in which Jacob, in wolf form, saddles up to Bella during the training sequence. It's one of the moments Phil Tippett - a two-time Oscar winner for Jurassic Park and Return of the Jedi whose visual effects house, Tippett Studio, handled the wolves for both Eclipse and New Moon - is most proud of. That was an unusual thing for us in that most of the time, we are doing these god awful animals start tearing each other apart, Tippett told us recently, phoning from England where he'd just celebrated Ray Harryhausen's 90th birthday. So it was great to have a quiet moment. A tender scene that telegraphs a budding and suppressed relationship was tricky. In fact, the entire training sequence was difficult in that the wolves do nothing. A bunch of wolves standing around watching vampires train and trying to portend some kind of anxiety was tricky. It's tricky for any actor when you have to carry a certain part of the scene where you do nothing, because you have to figure out a way of filling up the nothing with something.


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