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Exclusive: Lauren Kate's Top 5 Surprises from the 'Fallen' Set

Harrison Gilbertson, Addison Timlin, and Jeremy Irvine in 'Fallen'/Photo © Silver Pictures

Editor's Note: Lauren Kate is the author of the Fallen series. Fallen tells the story of Luce Price, who is sent to Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah, Georgia after being accused of a crime she didn't commit. The film adaptation, which is being directed by Scott Hicks ("Shine"), is readying for a 2015 release. "Fallen" stars Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Joely Richardson, Harrison Gilbertson, Lola Kirke, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Daisy Head, and Juliet Aubrey. Here, Lauren offers her take on the five most surprising moments for an author on a movie set. You can follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenKateBooks.

5. The scope of the project is massive. A huge camp of trailers greeted me when I pulled up to the Tura Castle, outside Budapest. I was surprised by the number of people working this movie. Around 200 cast and crew members have a job for months, partly because I sat down one day in a little farmhouse in Winters, CA, with the strange notion that an angel might fall in love with a mortal girl.

4. The casting is perfect. I expected to feel some rift between the characters in the novel and the actors portraying them. But when they all walked toward me for the first time, I let myself imagine they were angels and demons. That wouldn't have been possible if they hadn't been cast so well.

3. Actors can step into The Zone more quickly than writers. I require an hour of very focused window-staring before I can start writing, but I learned my first night on set how deft actors are at slipping in and out of character. I was having a conversation with Joely Richardson about a book we'd both adored when director Scott Hicks called her to set. Joely straightened her spine, tightened her expression, and Miss Sophia stalked away from me.

2. Scenes take unexpected directions. When I sit down to write a scene, I have a plan in mind, and I'm thrilled when a character disregards my goals and takes the story to a place I hadn't imagined. On set, I saw that Scott Hicks welcomes this experience, too. He told me about a scene in which he thought the camera's focus would be on Joely (Miss Sophia). After they'd shot the scene, he saw that Lola Kirke (Penn) was "emotionally peaking." Scott shouted, "Roll!" just in time to capture an essential tear sliding down Penn's cheek, never meant to be in the movie.

1. There's a moment in the movie that would be wonderful in the book. Readers beg me not to let the movie stray from the book. I assure them that everyone working on the film agrees. But there is one new moment in the film that is so economical and so moving, it would have worked beautifully if it were in the novel. I hope my fans will think of this added scene like one of the "extra" chapters that accompany the Fallen books. I can't wait for you to experience all of it on the big screen.

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  • Jannat Anees

    So exited, this is amazing! XD

  • http://www.twitter.com/ZanessaVashley Shelby

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sugandha

    The Novel series is amazing... M dying to experience this all on big screen n Specially Jeremy as Daniel ... Thank You Lauren <3<3<3<3<3

  • Luce

    OMG I CAN'T WAIT!!!!I NEED TO SEE THE MOVIE RIGHT NOW

  • Yazmeen

    OHHH MYYYY GOSSSHHH I seriousky can NOT wait! !! ^.^

  • Keih

    This is so amaziiing!!
    Looking forward to the Fallen Movie!
    Congratulations Lauren!! 😉 You deserve this :)

  • Cdoyle

    I can't wait :) just hope they stay as true as possible to the books as they were fantastic

  • Carina

    Cant wait!!!!!

  • Kelly

    After looking at the cover pic I have to say I'm happy with the 'Lucinda' and 'Daniel' that have been picked. But am disappointed in 'Cam'. I'm sure he is a wonderful actor but the 'Cam' I imagined and I'm sure many other, seems much more stronger and give more of a mature presence.
    Yes I get they are ment to be 17ish but that doesn't mean he can't be a man.
    I guess it will be a matter of waiting and seeing what we get in screen to be the true test.
    Well done Lauren and I hope you continue with the next chapter in true vision of what you saw.

    • Pixie

      I always imagined him with lime green eyes and short choppy jet black hair :( not at all what I expected.. I expected what was written in the book and then my imagination took him to become this scene/punk/alternative looking guy.

  • Mina Poosz

    OMG! I just can't wait for this movie! And I'm so pleased that you chose Jeremy Irvine to play Daniel and that you chose Addison Timlin as Lucinda, but am a bit disappointed on the Cam roll. He sure is a good actor, but I could had imagine something more "harsh". But thats just from looking at him. I'm so sure that everyne are going to love him, me too. Good Luck with the Movie 😀 I'm so excited!!

  • Kristina Gerke

    OMG!!!!!! I can't wait!!!
    Congrats Lauren!!!?

  • Sabrina

    I love the book series cant wait for the movie!

  • ally

    I am so unbelievably excited to see this movie!! Ahh!

  • Livija

    Oh my me and my best fangirl a bf are way to excited for this movie. At school when she foun out who was playing Daniel she almost passed out. At least 3 times. And I am on the 3 rd book, passion, I hope this movie is a hit I wanna see all of them in movie form!!!!!!!

  • tara

    I have re read the books i dont know how many times they r just fantastic i am dieing to see the movie iam 12, 13 in october i started reading the books a couple months ago i finish the in less then a week they were so good and not afraid to confess that i cried everytime i read them cant wait 4 the movie u will deserve it Lauren Kate

  • Amina

    OMG!!!! I am so freaking excited for the movie. I love the books. Hopefully the movie will have all those breathtaking bits that I experienced while reading the book.

  • Ty

    Im so excited I just knew it would be a movie! Cant wait♥♥

  • http://www.wordandfilm.com/2014/05/lauren-kate-top-5-surprises-fallen-movie-set/ Emileigh

    OMGGGG!!!! congrats l;auren!!! I'm so excited for the movie! this is my all time favorite book!!! I've read the whole novel like 6 times! And Addison is exactly how i pictured Lucinda price! And Jeremy Irvine seems to fit the character well. But..cam isn't exactly how i pictured him... But I hope you guys make it work! cant wait to see there wings!!! I almost passed out when I found out this is going to be a movie! LOVE THE NOVEL CAN'T WAIT TILL 2015!!!!!!

  • Jazmyn

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE TO BE MADE FOR FOREVER!!!!!! I AM SO GLAD ITS FINALLY HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://instagram.com/____mockingjays____ Valeria S.

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTALLY JUST CANT WAIT! STUMBLED ACROSS THIS AND IT JUST TOTALLY MADE MY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://wordandfilm.com Tori

    OMG! I love the Fallen series! I've been waiting for the movies to come out for so long I've read the series 4 times this year! Lauren Kate has inspired me to write my self and I am now on page 97 of my written version. I am a really young writer and am hoping that one day Lauren herself will read my book and love it just as much as I love hers! Her new book Teardrop will hopefully have just as amazing success as the Fallen series! Ugh can't wait!

  • Gracie

    OMG!!!! this is so exciting!!! I am gonna read every single book so I am prepared for the movie

  • Kate

    I hope this movie doesn't turn out like vampire academy and city of bones like how they strayed away from the books , otherwise I'm totally excited!!

  • KATHRYN

    I'm so excited!! How long till we can find out the release date?!? I honestly can not wait much long!!!

    • Phoebe

      Its Summer 2016 its coming out!!!
      But they have meant to have changed it a lot from the book and added different things into it.

  • jenn

    Love the books. Can't wait for this movie :)

  • Rebecca

    I have just finished reading the series myself yesterday (although I admit I had the books on my bookshelf for about 4 years now unread) - I congratulate you Lauren on a spectacular series and I didn't realize until just this past week I was in fact missing out on the books that sat unread on my bookshelf... I do however notice one minor issue with the still shown above - in the first book Lucinda's mother shaves her head due to the fire that singed most of her scalp, in the above still she has long hair - I do hope in keeping with tradition of the book as you mention in your article above that her hair is in fact short in the movie. I also hope this ends up continuing as I have seen one of my favorite book to movie adaptions already go from only 1 movie to nothing more even though there are 6 books to the Series... I find I get very upset when I find out they do not continue a movie adaption just because of ratings in the box office and I believe I speak for all when I say I do hope they continue to the end with this...

    • Steph

      Definitely, I agree with this 100%

    • fallen4u

      i hope they do not cut her hair bc she'd look sooooo much better with it long

  • Rhiannon

    When does the movie trailer come out though? I'm curious and honestly dying with anticipation :)

  • pumpkin

    This will make a much better movie then it did book

  • Steph

    EEP IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS!
    FINALLY ONE OF THE UNDERMINING FANDOM BOOKS IS BECOMING A MOVIE!

  • Sarah

    I can not wait for this! Aaaahhhhhhhh! Im so exicited! *fangirl moment*

  • http://www.wordandfilm.com ashley grant

    I am so excited for the movie to come out and will all the books be turned into a movie?

  • vee

    I am definitely looking forward I just can't wait I am so eager also at least for a thriller. Omg!!!! Fallen!!!! A book I actually read and loved.

  • emily

    When I started reading this book I knew for a fact that I would love the movie just as much and now if I have to wait another second for the movie I'm going to explode can't wait

  • Kenia

    I am so in love with this book I realy want to be a movie about this cuz uf you read it you will love it how evry thing happends I so love it but I just need the last book and the new ones I know there is going to be a movie about it and it am going to see it am a big big big fan love y'all bye ❤️❤️❤️

    • http://wordandfilm.com Sussie

      The last book has so much importance !!!! It changes everything about everything !!!!!!!!

  • Pixie

    Yay!! But WHEN IS THE RELEASE DATE!!! I've been waiting to know for a yr now and I'm starting to get EXTREMELY impatient :'( I want to see all the characters I've grown to love (and hate) come to life..

  • tayla

    can't wait to see this as a movie

  • keyana

    Lauren,
    The book series is beautiful. An I'm wandering what the extra chaper will be about . . . The movie sounds like it's goin to be amazing. From the way uou talk and if your amazed by it then us readers will. Thank you Lauren Kate for creating an bring angels to life.
    Book reader,
    Keyana

  • Maria Perea

    NEED A MOVIE TRAILER!!! Agh!!! I can't wait anymore!!! So Excited!!! Love the Cast!!!

  • Alexandra

    Been waiting for this movie to come out since I read the first book,
    The suspense is killing me!!!

  • http://wordandfilm.com Sussie

    i really hope they make the whole Sirius into a movie ! I think the movies could easily be better than the books if they do this right

  • Vicky

    I need a trailer! xp

  • Leesa Carpenter

    i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!! it looks sooooooooooo amazing and i am gonna be sooooo disapointed if they dont have this movie to perfection.;) sooo excited!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Victoria

    I haven't seen the movie yet. But I wanna see it so badly. I only read the first book. And a little of the second. But I'm so addicted to it already. I'm trying to get all the books.
    But its are hard. I can't find a place where they sale them.

  • Starr lucius

    What happened to emerald eyes for cam they can do better with contacts but this will be a great movie I'm sure good luck

  • constance gambrell

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I gotta tell my bestfriend!! when does it come out!?!!

  • frederique

    I NEED TO SEE HAVE THE TRAILER RN. Everyday I am thinking of how the movie will be, everyday Luce is stuck on me. Everyday Cam and Daniel are in my mind. PLEASE GIVE US THE TRAILER, MOVIE, NEWS OR WHATSOEVER. AAAAH I AM FREAKING OUT

  • rose.jace

    OH MY GOD I CAN'T WAIT those books mean so much to me I actually started crying from excitement when I heard they'll make a movie from the series! Lauren Kate, you will forever be my hero! Can't wait for the trailer!

  • Arielle

    If Leonardo D. Was much younger like he was in the titanic I feel like he would be perfect for Daniel Gregori... Imagining him saying Luce and just kissing her seems perfect. Gosh why did he have to get so old.. The movie could have been perfect with him in it

  • Ashley Davis

    Loved the book and can't wait to see the movie

  • Kylee

    Please please please please don't change it so much from the book I absolutely love how it goes on throughout the books, and I think if this movie is changed to much it will ruin it and this book one of my absolute favorite books besides Lauren kates second series of course!

  • http://youtube jazzy

    i absolutely lllllooovvveeee this series

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