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Scott Stewart discusses importance of New York City as a character in “City of Bones”

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As big of a character that New York City is for “The Mortal Instruments,” “City of Bones” director Scott Stewart wants to ensure that the audience connects with it as much as readers have. So it should be no surprise that Stewart hopes to incorporate that world into the movie by actually shooting–partially–in NYC.

“We’re currently figuring that out,” Scott told Hollywood Crush in an interview at WonderCon last week about the possibility of filming in New York City. “My hope is to shoot as much as I can there. I think New York is really a character in the film.”

“City of Bones” is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles, as per Lily Collins, but there is still hope for some filming in NYC.

NYC is such a character that Stewart is taking an entirely different approach–visual effects wise–then in his previous films, “Priest” and “Legion.”

“It’s going to be the New York of the daytime—the real New York that we all can perceive, at least [what] Clary perceives at the beginning of the film,” he told Hollywood Crush. “It’s going to have a realistic, hopefully naturalistic feel. And when the sun goes down and things change, she’s able to see things that other people can’t. That’s when we’re going to be getting into something that feels dangerous and sensual and exciting.”

It sounds like Stewart is not trying to over-do the visual effects aspect of “City of Bones” and get more in touch with what happens within that aspect, specifically the characters. “The Mortal Instruments” is such a character-driven series that I feel like the film needs to take the same approach Cassandra Clare did in the books to really take this film to the next level.

Hollywood Crush also discussed with Stewart about “City of Bones” being filmed in 3D, which we reported earlier along with the slated filming schedule.

“We’re probably shooting in 3D for a number of reasons,” he told Hollywood Crush. “One, these new cameras, the camera systems that they’re using to shoot ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ it’s so incredibly sensitive to low light, you can actually see more light than your eyes can, it’s remarkable,” he said. “They’re small, they’re lightweight, they allow us to make a movie where we can go into nightclubs and dark places and try to capture a level of realism and you-are-there-ness, that would be harder to do [in 2-D].”

What are your thoughts, Mortal Instruments fans? How big of a factor is New York City to the film and are you excited to see how Scott Stewart uses it in “City of Bones?” Sound off in the comments below!

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