Len Wiseman Quotes
I really thought the process and what I’m used to doing on film would be different. I thought that because I wouldn’t have the same amount of time, I wouldn’t do all of the tracks that I like to do or the lighting that it takes. And then, I got there and realized that I don’t know any other way. I just do all that stuff really, really fast and under a lot of stress.
I’m not a crazy horror fan. At that time i wasn’t really looking to do something like that. But I thought to put a twist on it to put a werewolf versus vampire… ‘What’s the best opponent for a werewolf?’ Became the idea of vampires and what about putting those two together? And ultimately it got turned down. But we loved the idea and shopped it around.
The three-breasted woman was very much at the top of my list in [original ‘Total recall’]. Like I said, I was fourteen! I remember Arnold [Schwarzenegger] pulling that big tracker out of his nose and freaking out about that. I remember going through the immigration booth where their face splits open with that heavyset redheaded lady. So there were a lot of these little moments that I remember.
It was practically with people with strings. There was no CG involved, it was just painfully taking Collin [Farrell] and Jessica Biel and putting them upside-down, we built the set upside-down and just try to twist perspective to make it all seem like zero gravity. And it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever shot.
I had no intention of replacing Arnold [Schwarzenegger]. There were a few things that made me want to do the movie. They were the script which had a different direction to it, and it was a chance to do a very different Quaid. I didn’t read the short story until I went to college.Reading the story had a different effect on me of how I pictured him to be and the tone of the story was different. In the story, he’s a bit more of an everyman.
One thing that is very different technically is that you don’t get a lot of coverage in television. Not like you do on a film. I know we don’t have time for separate set-ups, so I will design a scene where I’m hiding multiple cameras within that set-up. That way, if I don’t have time to do five set-ups, I can do four cameras in one set-up. It’s a different kind of approach for that. For the most part, a lot of television, in a visual sense, lacks time for the atmosphere and putting you in a place.