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David Yates talks Half-Blood Prince move & Deathly Hallows split
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Written by Red   
Friday, 19 June 2009 23:13

The third day of LA Times' Hero Complex preview for Half-Blood Prince interviews director David Yates, who spoke just yesterday about filming camping scenes for Deathly Hallows, during which Harry, Ron, and Hermione were being chased by Snatchers in the forest.


"We're here in the forest, we've just finished the scene where Harry, Hermione and Ron are captured by the Snatchers after being chased through the woods. The Snatchers are brutal and scary but they aren't the most intelligent of creatures.They're trying to figure out exactly who it is they've caught."

David talks about his three young stars, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, complimenting them immensely for their talent and level-headedness throughout the series:

"Absolutely, I think you're correct. It was an extraordinary bit of judgment, bringing those three in. They have been so stable and level-headed and in working with them I continue to be impressed by how keen they are to challenge themselves and to try new things to bring out the characters that they portray. They have become these engaging ambassadors for the films and the story. They have been endlessly enthusiastic. They want to see how good they can be in these roles. They haven't had their heads turned, either, by the fame and attention or any of it, which is wonderful for everyone to see."


He voices his disappointment with the Half-Blood Prince eight-month delay and the disadvantages of having the film not yet released:


"It was not something I warmed to initially. At the time, I was so adrenalized, I was so caught up in the process of getting the film in on deadline and making the movie on a certain schedule, and then the decision to delay was a huge anticlimax. There was a huge sense of disappointment, I must say. We finished the film a year ago, so it's very strange to go all this time without seeing it with an audience, which is what you make it for. But the studio made their case for the move and I came to understand and appreciate their reasons and they are very good at delivering these movies and understanding the process of making a film successful and I think it wise to defer to their judgment."

"You find yourself fiddling with it much more in post-production, naturally. There's a good and bad to that.You could keep adjusting things for the rest of your life if you allowed yourself to do that. That can be unhealthy and at some point you have to say, 'Here is the cut-off date.' I know fans are eager to see it and it's been interesting for us to come back to it now, even as we are busy filming the next installments."

As for the advantages in having two Deathly Hallows films and not one, David states:

"I will get the benefit of two budgets, the running time of two films and all the resources that brings with it to tell this huge adventure; more time, more money, more special effects. There are always things that are lost when you adapt a book to a film. With two films, much less will be lost."

David finishes the interview by discussing the Deathly Hallows split, admitting that the first part will end with a cliffhanger:

"Yes, I think we have," he said. "Things can change when you edit, of course, but the idea now is that it will be not long after the sequence that we are filming here today. That's what we're experimenting with. We've had three or four different ideas about where to cut off the seventh film. Traditionally, the movies have ended with a death or a bereavement, some sort of passage or arrival. This time we think we will end with more a cliffhanger. Again, though, that's the thought as of this moment."