Remember Me: Getting the Dialects and Look down

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"Remember Me," is new romance starring Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, and Pierce Brosnan. The film, directed by Allen Coulter, is being released March 12 by Summit Entertainment.

Turning foreign accents into New York dialects


Rob, Emilie and Pierce all have there own indigenous accents in real life, and this is a New York movie, in a New York voice… Was there a worry about making sure everyone could play the New York characters?


Osborne replies, "We never had to worry with Rob. He does an American accent brilliantly."


"But Pierce had never been asked to do one, interestingly," he says, "or as far as we could tell. He decided to go with this Brooklyn accent, a Mike Bloomberg type of thing. A guy who'd grown up in Brooklyn, but had now made a lot of money and it was still there. I think he nailed it."


And Coulter adds, AI liked the idea that the guy came up from the streets. It made him seem tougher, made him seem like a guy who wouldn't take any shit from anybody and Pierce embraced it. He loved the idea and we had a really good dialect coach with Pierce on that."


"And then, Emilie's accent as well," says Osborne. "Emilie and I spoke about whether she should have a Queens accent," says Coulter. "But we met a cop from Queens, who was our advisor. He had two daughters who were similar in age to Ally and neither of them had a Queens accent, so we decided, 'you're father still has the Queens accent, but you've sort of left that behind', as people will do." "Also of course," Coulter recalls, "we had the Queens accent from Chris Cooper, who's really more Midwestern. So, in the end we have this American story played by all kinds of actors from other places. It's just like New York, a real melting pot."


"If you don't have accents." Osborne says, "if you don't have actors that can do it, you're in trouble. But these guys could do it, and we had a great dialogue coach."

 

The Look of the "Remember Me"


Director Allen Coulter talks about working with director of photography, Jonathan Freeman, and other department heads and how they came up with the look and color palate of the film.


"AI worked very closely with Jonathan Freeman, who shot Hollywoodland and "Rubicon," a pilot I did for AMC. We've worked together numerous times. Jonathan and I are very close friends as well as collaborators, so we talked about it a lot and ultimately came up with the idea that it should just simply feel real, which is kind of strangely bland sounding, but we just didn't want it to look affected.


"We didn't want to tweak the color too much, or make it look too mannered or too stylized. Hollywoodland was fairly stylized, but that seemed appropriate for that material But we did decide to give the palate a slight patina, to suggest the recent past, which is very subtle. I think one could conceivably watch this movie and presume it's the present because the differences are not vast. It's not like the difference between, say, the fifties and the sixties, where you really get a sudden shift in the culture that's obvious in terms of all the period and the visual detail.


"So we decided to play it very simply, visually, and then with Scott Murphy, the production designer, and Susan Lyall, the costume designer, basically what we said was, let's keep everything kind of muted. Let's just give it a slight dusting of the past so it just feels like one step removed, but in ways that I don't think people will really notice. I think it'll just be a subtle, ambient feeling that comes off of the movie."