Friday, August 5, 2011

'Twixt' director Francis Ford Coppola & the Paranormal

Coppola & Val Kilmer, Comic-Con 2011, photo by Aaron Sagers
Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula) is aiming to reinvent your moviegoing experience with Twixt, an upcoming supernatural thriller that will incorporate live music by acclaimed independent performance artist Dan Deacon.

At San Diego Comic-Con Coppola, along with Deacon and star Val Kilmer, demonstrated some of the interactive experience of the film, which incorporates both 2-D and 3-D elements. Coppola told us that he'd actually be attending traveling viewings of the show, and would remix the film with Deacon during each showing so the audience's movie and music experience will differ from the previous. He did just that, and even belted out a tune at Comic-Con, and to highlight how 3-D can be fun when done right, the viewers who received a sneak peek were given glasses that doubled as an Edgar Allan Poe mask.

All this is well and good, but what is Twixt really about? According to the official synopsis, it's revolves around a writer (Kilmer) with a declining career who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour.  He gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl and is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

The trailer for Twixt follows, as does a short interview with Coppola himself where he discusses his own take on the paranormal and how it played into the making of the film.



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