1/21/08

Matt Reeves: "The Monster Was A Baby,.. Lost and Disoriented", Also Confirms Object Falls From Sky At End

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves talks with Coming Soon about the monsters origins, a possible Cloverfield 2, and that mysterious thing that plopped into the ocean at the end of the movie.

The most compelling part of the interview is how Reeves described the Cloverfield Monster.

CS: What were the specific visual inspirations for YOUR monster?

Reeves: We hired this guy Neville Page to design the monster, and he is a genius. We would go into his office and he would have what I affectionately referred to as his "Wall of Terror". On the wall were all sorts of bits of color, and as you got closer suddenly your interest turned to revulsion because those pictures were like pictures of intestines and eyeballs and pieces of animals. What he was doing was having a biological, evolutionary basis for every aspect of the creature. That was really cool because there are parts of the monster that can do things that we actually didn't have a place for in the movie, that's how thoroughly designed he was.

The key to it is that the monster was a baby. The monster was suffering from separation anxiety and was absolutely disoriented and pissed, "where's mommy?", and terrified. That was the most important aspect of the creature. Not only was he furious and in a rage but he was scared, because to me there's nothing scarier than something huge that's spooked. If you're at the circus and the elephants are going nuts you don't want to be near them. We talked with Neville about the idea of how when a horse gets spooked you see the whites under the bottom of its eye. He fleshed out those sort of details. We talked about wanting the monster to be different in that it was white. All these different aspects which were important to us. It developed in many different ways and it came down to what Neville was doing which was amazing.

It also turns out that Hud wasn't the only person with a camera attatched to his side that fateful night. During the Brooklyn Bridge scene there is a shot of another man with a camera.

CS: Any possibilities for a "Cloverfield" sequel?

Reeves: This was so fun 'cause we'd never done anything like it, and I think we'd want to find a similar challenge, to find a way to have its roots in this but be fresh and new, otherwise you're just repeating yourself. There's a moment on the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was a guy filming something on the side of the bridge, and Hud sees him filming and he turns over and he sees the ship that's been capsized and sees the headless Statue of Liberty, and then he turns back and this guy's briefly filming him. In my mind that was two movies intersecting for a brief moment, and I thought there was something interesting in the idea that this incident happened and there are so many different points of view, and there are several different movies at least happening that evening and we just saw one piece of another. That idea sort of tickled me. We'll have to see if anyone would want a sequel. If the movie does well and we find a compelling reason to do so then it would be fun to do a sequel.

Did you see the thing in the last shot? In the final shot there's a little something, and I don't wanna say what it is. The final shot before the titles. The stuff at Coney Island, there's a little something there and I don't want to give it away 'cause the fun is sort of to find it, but I will say this: there's a funny thing, you look at the shot and until you see it you don't see it and you really don't see it and obviously you don't 'cause none of you have seen it, but once you see it you'll never stop seeing it.

CS: It's the thing dropping in the water, right?

Reeves: Ahh, you saw it.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmmmm it almost sounds like it wasnt meant to be seen or something. i cant decide wether it is a space creature of a sea creature. rob filmed it on April 27 so when the the chuai station go down? if went down before the 27th then its just some random occurance that has nothing to do with cloverfield (yet) but if there is a sizeable ammount of time between the 27th, the sinking of chuai, and the actual destruction of New York the monster is most likely from space. i hope they clear all this up because its killing me!

Anonymous said...

Ahah I seen the black thing to man I hope they make a sequel they have to this is the best movie Ive ever seen and Im not the only one who thinks so. Sequel Pleasee!

BLaCKFoG said...

For the people that didn't believe...now theres your proof.

Kinda sucks that i had to pull the YouTube video of it.

shibbymet said...

I think it would be totaly cool if they adapted it to be a sort of american godzilla series.. and that thing falling in the water was in fact a different monster, that our baby "cloverfield" monster will end up fighting, but then again it could have in fact been the origins of the cloverfield monster itself... all in all its was a very interesting film, i think everyone would enjoy a sequel to it. I also enjoy the fact that they got so in depth with the monster, shows that if they do make a sequel they have lots of places to go with it, and lots of new things we will see.

BLaCKFoG said...

I hadn't realized it at first, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks. If the Cloverfield monster is a baby and was scared and disoriented because it didn't know where its mother was. Then wheres momma?? :)

shibbymet said...

haha yeah blackfog, I agree.. and im sure that momma will come looking for her baby too. No matter what happens, its pretty gloom looking for humanity haha

Anonymous said...

i would agree this movie really was well done and in fact its amazing how developed the story outside the story has become with the slusho company and the sinking oil barage..... i honestly think the japanese drilling company turado and the slusho company hand in hand breeded this monster

Anonymous said...

i didnt see it till the second time i seen the movie and it was by accident my phone vibrated n i lookd up at the right moment and seen a lil thing plop from the sky by the boat none of my friends senn it tho so we must go bck a third time

Anonymous said...

oh i seen it but not until the second time i watched the movie and my phone startd vibraten so i lookd dwn to press ignoe then i lookd up at the right moment to see a lil thing plop from the sky by the boat i started freakn but none of my friends noticed so we must go back a third time

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Very few facts emerged from the viral campaign that was Cloverfield. It all started after a short, teaser trailer for Cloverfield appeared with the Transformers movie in early July of 2007. Since then, speculation surrounded what the title of the movie would be (Monstrous, Overnight, etc...) and what the monster really is and why it is tearing up New York City.

A few pictures and covert videos from the film showed up online and there were only a few core facts we knew of including the poster, the teaser trailer, and a few websites at 1-18-08, Tagruato Corp, and Slusho .

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Slusho This is the Japanese frozen drink made from a secret ingredient gathered from the bottom of the ocean. Slusho gives you a kick and makes you extremely happy. Prior to 1-18-08 Slusho was not sold in the US. However, recent FDA approval gave Slusho clearance to come to the states. Rob Hawkins, the lead character, was recently promoted to vice-president of Slusho and was on his way to Japan the night of the attack. Slusho is owned by the Tagruato Corp. of Japan. Slusho also first made an appearance on J.J. Abrams Alias during a scene where characters buy the drink at a store.

Tagruato This ficticious Japanese company is the parent company of Slusho as well as the Yoshida Medical Research, Bold Futura, and ParafFUN! Wax Distributors. Besides drilling the oceans for Slusho ingredients, Tagruato builds everything from space satellites to medical gear.

T.I.D.O wave An activist group set out to bring to light all the damage Tagruato has done to the envirnoment.

Jamie and Teddy A minor character from the movie, Jamie popped up on a 1-18-08.com picture and the MySpace profiles for the movies characters before getting famous for her "Jamie and Teddy" website. The site is comprised of video journals from Jamie. The site is password protected but can be accessed by the password "jllovesth"

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