CARRIE Director Kimberley Peirce Talks Blood, The Book And Visual Effects
Kimberley Peirce - director of the Carrie remake which stars Kick-Ass' Chloe Moretz - talks here about getting one very bloody scene just right on the big screen, going back to the book to flesh out some more of the characters, and the benefits of visual effects.
"We've done all these tests," director Kimberley Peirce tells Empire Magazine from the set of Carrie. What tests? Well, she is referring to the huge amount of work involved in getting the most well-known and iconic scene from the Stephen King novel to look just right on the big screen. "One time the blood drops on Carrie's head and then it goes out to the sides like her head's an umbrella. So you don't really get any on her. We've done other tests where it goes boom and it's too fast, and some where it goes on her shoulders, which is no good. We went from one gallon to five, and then we had to test the viscosity, how thick or thin, and we found that we need to cascade, it has to movie from the back to the front. A million things can go wrong..."
While the original 1976 movie is widely considered to be a good adaptation, budget and technological constraints meant that it was unable to match up to the far more violent and action-packed finale in the novel. Thankfully, visual effects make that a far less daunting prospect for Peirce. "The opportunities with VFX are amazing. Every year they get better and better. What it means is that with less and less money we can stage these elements we need," she says. "Doing much of this stuff practically would take production time that I don't have. It's a fantasy to do this stuff. It's fun as a filmmaker to play with bigger and bigger tools, but the key is to be grounded in the story. I hope you find yourself as madly in love with these characters as I am..." However, this doesn't mean that the characters will be getting short-changed. "I've gone back to the book and fleshed out some of the characters, " she reveals. "But the real appeal is Carrie. She's so innocent and naive. I fell in love with her all over again."
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White and her daughter Carrie. Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson, but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell, regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.
Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White
Julianne Moore as Margaret White
Judy Greer as Miss Desjardin
Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell
Alex Russell as Billy Nolan
Cynthia Preston as Eleanor Snell
Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross
Max Topplin as Jackie Talbott
Kim Roberts as Ms. Arlene Walsh
RELEASE DATE: October 18th, 2013
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