Lois Lowry's Blog


Hello Again

Posted by Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 in Uncategorized

I seem to need to apologize once more for Failure To Post.  I think Facebook has sucked some posting energy from me but I am aware that many, many of you are not my Facebook Friends...I reserve that for family and real friends...and I should be more attentive to this broader, less "exclusive" site.

At any rate: here I am again. And part of my silence, actually, has been the result of...as usual...too much travelling.  But fun travelling!  I whooshed off to Cape Town, South Africa to spend a few days on the movie set; they are filming "The GIver" there.

Cape Town is a fabuous city and I had been disappointed by the fact that although I had been in South Africa before, I had not had time to go to Cape Town. And sadly, though I was there..and loved it...I did not have time, this trip, to do the usual toursty things. No visit to Robben Isand. No trip to the top of Table Mountain.

Instead, I spent all my available time watching the filming of the movie.  The movie folk (for lack of a better designation) were kind enough to let me roam behind the scenes...and behind the scenes of filmmaking is the thing that interests me the most. Perhaps because I am a highly visiual person who once worked as a photographer, I am fascinated by the process of visual images re-creating a story that existed only in words.

"The Giver" is a largely introspective book. Not much action. A movie has to approach the story differently. I knew that from the get-go and so was neither suprised nor disappointed that they had to add scenes that are not in the book, had to put in action and action-filled suspense.

They are doing it well. The thing that mpst impressed me during my tome there as observer was the care and meticulous attention being paid to the creation of the film.  The time each scene takes! Rehearse. Set the lights. Rehearse some more. Shoot. Cut. Re-set everything. Shoot again. Cut. And again.

The director, Phillip Noyce, has seemingly limitless energy. There were days they worked for 12 hours, and in the 12th hour...as the first...Phil was on his feet, thinking, suggesting, changing, explaining, groaning, laughing, showing, and checking on details.  (They were shooting the scene of the father and the newborn twin. Important scene. Tough scene. The question arose: Where exactly should the needle be inserted?  I put in my two cents, remembering I had asked the question of my physician brother when I wrote the book. But Phillip double-checked by getting on the phone to a local doctor.)

This , wiht his mom, is one of the twin babies who plays Gabe:







And here I am with Jeff, at dinner

I am not allowed to post a photo of it but I will tell you that the set design for the interior of The Giver's dwelling is absolutely magnificent.  Dazzling. And I think it is okay to tell you that they (the movie people) bought 22,000 used books in Cape Town to create that set. (Later, they wllbe donated someplace)

They also have built several dwellings...the places where Jonas, Fiona, and others live...which are quite substantial and will later be donated to become housing for the poor. 

The actors, also, worked tirelessly, but much of their time (unlike the director's) was spent waiting. Doing the same scene again and again. ("This time tilt your head a little to the left") The actors playing the three kids—Jonas, Asher, and Fiona—are wonderful young people. In fact, all of the actors who were there (Meryl Streep was arriving after I left; and Taylor Swift had already filmed her small role and was gone)—Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skaarsgard—could not have been more pleasant. No one made me feel as if they were thinking: Oh God, what is SHE doing here? 

The exterior landscape scenes...after the boys takes the baby and runs away...will be spectacular because of the South African landscape which is so vast, so beauitful, and so varied.

The months to come, after the filmingis complete,  will deal with the editing process, which to me is the most interesting. I did get to sit in the editing room in Cape Town and see a bit. But most of it will done in New York, later.

I'll add a few photos that don't reveal any scenery or costumes:


This, of course, is Jonas, with Gabe:




And now I am shortly (tomorrow) off to Cuba. No, no movie stuff happening there, exvept the Cuba FIlm Festival..   Just a vacation with an adventurous friend.





Tags: Untagged


brenda wyckoff
brenda wyckoff
brenda wyckoff has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
brenda wyckoff Tuesday, 03 December 2013

No apology necessary. I appreciate your taking the time to catch us up on your adventures!!! Thank you for including the pictures and walking us through the set! So eager for the premier of this project.
Enjoy your visit to Cuba!!
Another virtual friend~~~

Honeypie has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
Honeypie Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Wow, the Jonas kid is cute. Can't wait for the older 'Jonas', who'll play the role. Hahaha! On another note, The Giver movie?? Nice!!! Will definitely watch that : D

Anthony has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
Anthony Wednesday, 11 December 2013

I hope the movie is as amazing as the book. How do you write like that? The way you leave all the mystery and suspense is very interesting.

Zheng rice
Zheng rice
Zheng rice has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
Zheng rice Saturday, 19 August 2017

t are tolerant, big thing is only a piece of cake.Why should the heart be wide? I do not mind is too hard to die! Why should not it be wide? Is it not going to reach the purpose of some people? Not heart wide, not mad is their own death, and this is not what some people want to see it? How does this explain to yourself? Heart wide, nothing can not accept, there Cheap Crossbody Bags is nothing can not bear. Some people, though victorious still defeated; Nike Air Max Skyline some people, though defeated still; more people, is the winner with the attitude of the failure of people. To tolerate somebody to do unreasonable things, is this compromise? Have you seen the end of the unreasonable thing? He was finally recovered after all! I have never advertised how broad my Nike Air Jordan Mens mind is, on the contrary, it is because of my mind is not broad, lack of cultivation I know how important the heart width, how much I need it. Do not eat a cut, not a long wisdom. Years are water, after all, worn out a lot of edges and corners, washed a lot of dirt. Kankan bumpy encounter, so I gradually understand what I really need. Compared with what I need most, the other will be unimportant. Since it is not important, will I be preoccupied with it? Including injustice, injustice and injustice! I always believe that heaven and earth have righteousness, straight heart is a dojo, and thus try to learn the heart wide. Learn the heart wide, do not want to let others to bear the regret of others, as long as the hearts of regret, only to live easily ah! I do not want to be able to change everything outside of me, but I have to be my master. Only to learn the heart wide, to be able to convince myself. Those who bring the suffering of others are sinful. Compared with sin, I am willing to suffer. Alive, not heart wide also heart wide. Life is short, how can there be too much effort to do with worthless people! Heart wide, and everything is clear and clear. Because of the end, everything is overcast. Heart wide road is also wide, wide and wide wide Why not Heaven and earth have been wide!Mentality determines success or failure It is well known that a good mind is vital to a person and a factor that is essential for an optimistic life. Only when we have a good mentality, will there be a good development. However, when it comes to the mind of the word, the more we look more tacky, in a sense, it is also particularly narrow. In fact, this is also known as the Shoes Outlet two mentality - optimistic and negative. When they are in their lives in a dominant position, will give us a different life. A person with optimism, his life is undoubtedly full of laughter. Such a person must live a rich and colorful it! From an optimistic point of view, there is no bitterness in his life, but they are used to turning grief into power. Constantly improve themselves, every breakthrough is the miracle they created, because they learned how to find happiness. On the contrary, the negative mind of the people, in their world, always simple things complicated, lack of self-confidence. Each encounter setbacks will become Cheap Michael Kors Handbags fear and trepidation, but in the face of difficulties has always been unable to find a breakthrough, the development of panic will occupy the whole mind, after several collapses. The former and the latter clearly formed a sharp contrast. In the work, the two different mentality in the face of the same thing when the situation will be very different, the latter in the efficiency of the service will be greatly reduced. The other, why do not we be an optimistic person? Said so many views, it seems that some obvious abstraction. Or from my own! I still vaguely remember those pictures, is half a year ago. I am still an unfinished intern, for those who are about to set foot on the job, the heart is undoubtedly full of excitement and expectations. Michael Kors Jewelry Originally thought Lan Yu project department will be my half a year to work every day. Often it is backfire At the beginning, the department is where I work and study every day. When I face those cumbersome drawings, contract documents, tender documents and the various accounts. Feel the special pressure, always worried about learning bad, learn not, the mood is very complicated. With the passage of time, when the desire to spread in the depths of my heart, my heart is struggling, but did not try to find a solution. This mentality brought me a serious price, less than two months, I committed a lot of mistakes should not be committed to lose the contract, the quality is not up to standard, low efficiency, sloppy, often wrong and Lost three, forming a vicious circle. According to this go, my life will run into a wall, work not only inefficient, but also feel particularly tired, but also feel that life is so hardship. Soon after, I was Nike Air Max Shoes transferred to the site by the Department of data. Due to the urgency of the situation, with me to transfer the information staff is only hastily made a simple transfer. I totally do not understand what she is saying in the end, only to think of important things to record it. Every time in order to meet the inspection, the leadership always requires a large number

Please login first in order for you to submit comments