Both Levine and Tipton have youthful memories of Boston. Levine, who grew up in New York City, remembers “crawling through the woods with friends” from his Phillips Academy residence and heading into Boston “for raves or trips to Newbury Comics and Faneuil Hall.”
A Minnesota native, Tipton says she wanted to go to Emerson College but was waitlisted and had to make do with visiting friends who went there. Her fallback plan was to enroll in Marymount College in Los Angeles, after which she began modeling and acting. She just completed her first leading screen role, in “Two Night Stand,” the directing debut of Max Nichols, son of Mike. “We were both trying to be confident and act like we knew what we were doing at all times but we were ultimately terrified,” she says.
Levine, who’ll say only that he’s working on a Showtime series among other projects, says after the relationships among the characters he’s most pleased with the look of “Warm Bodies.” “We didn’t have the budget of other post-apocalyptic movies but we had tens of millions. It felt to me like I was making ‘Titanic.’ ” It allowed Levine to work with special effects pros who created the film’s impressive CGI and a crackerjack art department who tuned the Montreal locations into places of devastation and destruction.
“We had to turn the subway into an apocalyptic place and then put everything back in time for it to open in the morning,” he says. “They’d destroy a few city blocks, and we’d shoot on a set of overturned cars and graffiti-covered buildings. Then I’d turn around and the art department had it all back to normal.”
Levine’s proud of his efforts to create grounded characters and a believable romance, but he most enjoyed the action sequences. “I’ve liked doing ‘two people talking’ movies. But it’s cool to blow things up.”
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