By Harry Haun
25 Dec 2012
photo by Universal Pictures
"Tom is such a progressive filmmaker in the way that he shoots things," said Tveit. "This is nothing different than telling a regular story or another movie, except that the way these characters communicate happens to be in song. The fact that the characters break into song — this is the way we live and breathe and communicate.
"I think that gives the film an immediacy than sometimes movie musicals don't have. When you're in the theatre, you go on that emotional ride. It's the music that ties you in, but I think that there's a disconnect sometimes in movie musicals when people start singing and you sit there as a member of the audience and think, 'Oh, they're singing now.' I think what's great about this movie is that doesn't happen because we sing live and it's the language of how these people communicate.
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"This is just my first movie musical, but I think that the reason it's better to sing live is that there is no longer that moment where you can actually sense that the track clicks in and you can tell that they're lip-synching and all of a sudden it pulls you right out of the story. Here, because you're singing live, you go on the same emotional ride that you would if you were in the theatre watching a play."
"In essence, I treated it as I would treat any new musical that I was working on. I like to show off [on] the first day of rehearsal, having done all the work already. I know it musically, so, as soon as I got this job, about three or four months before we started filming, I got to work. I always want to make sure when I get there that I am focused on telling the story and what I'm doing as an actor, and I don't have to worry about the singing. I try to get to the point where I've done all the technical singing work to protect myself and I've learn how to sing it before I get there, so I treated it in the same way. By the time I got there, I didn't have to think about the singing anymore."Continued...