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by: Bill Condon
Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)
Stephenie Meyer (novel) Starring: Kristen Stewart -
Robert Pattinson - Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner - Jacob Black Jackson
Ashley Greene - Alice Cullen Sarah
Clarke - Renee
Peter Facinelli - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser - Esme Cullen
Kellan Lutz - Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed - Rosalie Hale Anna
Kendrick - Jessica
Michael Welch - Mike
Christian Serratos - Angela Justin Chon
Billy Burke - Charlie Swan
Ty Olsson - Phil
Michael Sheen - Aro
Christopher Heyerdahl - Marcus
Jamie Campbell Bower - Caius
Christian Camargo - Eleazar Denali
Mía Maestro - Carmen Denali
Maggie Grace - Irina Denali
MyAnna Buring - Tanya Denali
Casey LaBow - Kate Denali
Angelo Renai - Minister Webber
Booboo Stewart - Seth
Alex Rice - Sue Clearwater
Kiowa Gordon - Embry
Tyson Houseman - Quil
Chaske Spencer - Sam Uley
Bronson Pelletier - Jared
Alex Meraz - Paul
Tanaya Beatty - Rachel Mackenzie
Foy - Rensemee
Ali Faulkner - Bianca
In May 2010, Billy Burke and Peter Facinelli were the only actors who
were confirmed to return for both parts of Breaking Dawn, while other
cast members such as Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz were still in
negotiations for a second part. If the actors did not reach an
agreement in time for Summit to make their official
apparently the studio would have gone ahead and recast their roles, as
they did in Eclipse
(2010) by casting Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria.
June 2010, Summit officially confirmed that a two-part adaptation of
the fourth book would start production and that all major actors,
including the three lead roles, the Cullen family and Charlie Swan
would return for both parts of Breaking Dawn.
In preparation for the movie, apparently Robert Pattinson spent six
months going through a strict diet and exercise regime, but he stopped
the regime as soon as the honeymoon scenes for Part 1 were over.
Apparently during the lovemaking scene in Part 1, Robert Pattinson's
was showing during filming, so the crew had to re-cut the scene with
butt crack being painted over. Pattinson commented on The Ellen
DeGeneres Show that in PG-13 movies "you can show butt cheeks but not
Robert Pattinson has commented that he had to try not to laugh during
the shooting of the birth scene in Part 1.
Stewart commented on the
wedding scene in Part 1; "I wanted to run down the aisle. I was
literally pulling away from Billy Burke. Now it's a trip to watch the
wedding scenes. It was so volatile and emotional, I was being such a
Due to a minor wrist injury Stewart was wearing a brace on the day of
the wedding sequence shoot. Modus FX had to create a CG model
of the hand and then carefully craft a rig to create natural motions.
Once that was finished, every minute movement of the hand had to be
matched exactly. The rotational panning shot totals 300 frames and
called for elaborate camera and object tracking. Modus used subsurface
scattering to accurately capture the partial translucence of her skin
to make it look more authentic.
According to Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner was in tears after the
cast watched an unfinished cut of the movie.
Mackenzie Foy learned of her casting as Renesmee while filming an
episode of Hawaii Five-0 Ho'apono.
Besides Mackenzie Foy, ten actresses, including Christie Burke, Rachel
St. Gelais, Sierra Pitkin, and Eliza Faria were
cast to play Renesmee to portray her at her various ages in
Breaking Dawn, as well as a CGI-animated baby.
To protect Mackenzie Foy during filming on the set, Bill
Condon had set up
a swear jar where any cast and crew members caught swearing or uttering
profanities were fined on the spot. The amount collected from the jar
was donated to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
Author Stephenie Meyer had a cameo role as one of the wedding guests in
she can be seen as Bella is walking down the isle.
In mid April 2011, filming wrapped for most of the cast ending the 3
years of production for the franchise, but on 22nd April some
additional scenes were shot for the honeymoon sequence on St. Thomas
Island in the Caribbean. Pattinson, Stewart the the filming crew did
their shoots in the sea all day long and then went out for cocktails on
the beach and and watched the sunrise. Pattinson thought the day was
"amazing" and commented, "I then asked myself why we didn't do this in
those four years. Every difficult moment just vanished." Stewart
commented on her final scene; "After that scene, my true final scene, I
felt like I could shoot up into the night sky and every pore of my body
would shoot light. I felt lighter than I've ever felt in my life."
Only after Summit
Entertainment approved the second and third adaptations of the
franchise did talks begin for a Breaking Dawn movie, at the time they
had scheduled the two part movie to be released within six months of
2009, producers of the previous Twilight movies stated that they had
every intention of making Breaking Dawn, however, author Stephanie
Meyer commented on her website's Breaking Dawn FAQ, that if an
adaptation were to be created, it would have to be split into two
movies because the book too long. She also thought it
to make due to the baby character, Renesmee. She stated that an actress
could not play that part because she's a baby that has complete
awareness and that the only thing that she's seen is a CGI human who
looks real. But she did acknowledge the movie could be possible due to
the quickly-advancing technologies.
In March 2010, Summit Entertainment considered splitting the book into
two movies along he same lines as Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
However, this put the status of Kristen Stewart's, Robert Pattinson's
and Taylor Lautner's contracts under question as they were only under
contract for four movies, until finally producer, Wyck Godfrey,
confirmed that all three main cast members would sign on to do the two
2010, it was announced that Summit started searching for Academy-Award
nominated directors to take on the project. One of the directors that
were approached was Sofia Coppola, however, she was not chosen as she
was only interested in directing part one of Breaking Dawn.
other director that was also approached for taking on Breaking Dawn was
Gus Van Sant and his reason for auditioning for the role was because
Robert Pattinson had mentioned he would be the ideal director for this
movie. He described the audition as being very nerve-wracking and
stated; "I got very nervous. There were, like, 15 people. I had never
really auditioned or gone into a job interview in that way since maybe
1988 or '87. I guess I was unprepared for it. In this case, they wanted
me to talk about their project, which really needed to follow very
closely the book. I was talking about the book, and really all I was
saying was, 'OK, this is great, let's go to it.' That was the pitch. I
think they're used to something else. They're used to, for those of you
who might audition for film jobs, a 40-minute dissertation with perhaps
visual aids and a pep talk about how fantastic this project is going to
be. I just didn't know how to do that."
April 2010 Summit announced that Bill Condon would direct
Breaking Dawn and the producers would be Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt,
and author Stephenie Meyer. On his decision for choosing to direct this
movie, Bill Condon stated; "The very nice folks at Summit, they sent me
the novel. I loved it. I quickly imprinted on the material." Another
reason Condon chose this project was his desire to work with Kristen
2010, screen writer, Melissa Rosenberg, spoke about the challenges of
adapting the book; "It's the big one, it's gonna be a big challenge,
and I guarantee you that not all of the fans will be happy, and I
guarantee you some of them will be. You have to give up the ideal of
making everybody happy, it's just not gonna happen, but you hope you
make the majority happy. Again, for that last book it is about taking
that specific character Bella on her journey. It's a big journey, it's
a massive change for her, and you hope to realize that." She also
commented; "You start with, and you end with, what is the emotional
journey for these characters. That is the most important thing to
capture, that is the only thing to capture. Everything else is up for
grabs, but you must take these characters on the same emotional journey
that they took in the book, and hence take the audience on the same
emotional journey that they took in the book and that's the goal, you
hope that you achieve that."
the infamous graphic birth scene in the novel Rosenberg addressed the
speculation on it's adaptation to screen, stating; "On the fan site, on
Facebook, all the comments are 'It has to be R rated! You have to show
the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!' For me it's actually more
interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without
seeing childbirth, it doesn't mean it's any less evocative of an
battle scene between the Cullens, their witnesses and the
in Part 2 was not present in the book and was written for the movie in
provide the movie with a dramatic action sequence.
2010, Summit officially confirmed that filming of the two part
adaptation would begin in November 2010 with the first part to be
on 18 November 2011, and the second part to be released 16
November 2012. Filming began on November 1, 2010 and wrapped on April
In July 2010, Summit announced
that filming would take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and
Janeiro, Brazil as well as in Vancouver, Canada and at the Raleigh
Studios in Baton Roug with both
parts being shot back-to-back.
confirmed that the scripts for Part 1 and 2 were about 85 percent
completed. The greatest challenge for Rosenberg was the final sequence
in Part 2, she stated; "The final battle sequence is a big challenge
because it lasts 25 pages. It's almost an entire three-act story in and
of itself. You have to track, keep it all in one setting, hundreds of
characters. It's an enormous challenge to choreograph on the page and
for Bill Condon to choreograph on the stage." She had written various
drafts of the scene but she hadn't revised or discussed them with
Condon at that time. She said; "That's the next big hurdle to sit down
with the stunt coordinator and create the ballet. It's a lot of work.
I'm exhausted, but we're intent on making them the best scripts yet."
In regards to writing of the
battle scene in Part 2, Rossenberg stated; "I always write out
battle scenes, not because I think that they're going to shoot the
action sequences as I write them, but because we need to know who dies
when, why they die, how they die, who kills them, what is the emotion
of the moment. Ultimately it lands with the director and the stunt
coordinator; I took it as far as I could on the page. The way I
approached it was, who would be the most shocking to kill? Because the
first death initiates the battle, it has to be someone who everybody
cares about. And because they're all there for Carlisle, it made sense
that he was the one. Well, actually, the first one who is killed in
reality is Irina. But the whole company doesn't actually know her;
Carlisle, they'll go to battle for. And you also want, like, who's
going to be the most satisfying to kill? Who have been the various
nemeses? So everyone kind of gets a moment. Of course, Bella and Edward
had to be the ones to kill Aro. That was the ultimate, and that they do
it together felt really right. I really wanted to see Bella just rip
his frickin' head off.
went on to add; "The cast didn't find out about the battle scene until
I had finished the script, so it was many, many months later when they
first got on set. I wasn't there, but I can guarantee you they were
pretty psyched because they got to do some pretty fun stuff. And at the
premiere, it was just, the screaming just went on and on. Every time
someone would die, people were just screaming, "Oh my God!2 And then
when they realized what the truth of it was, they screamed all the
more. It was so funny. My only problem at the premieres is, I love
watching it with that kind of energy and the fans, but they scream so
much that they step on my lines. And I'm like, "Shut up, that was a
really funny line right there! You just missed it!"
compromise the necessary sophistication in adapting such a mature book
and the need for maintaining a PG-13 rating, Melissa Rosenberg
confirmed that the birth scene in Part 1 would be shown from Bella's
view. Producer, Wyck Godfrey described it by stating; "She is looking
through the haze, experiencing pain and everything rushing around her.
We only see what she sees." Kristen Stewart confirmed that the birth
scene wasn't as grotesque as described in the book and that she didn't
puke up blood, but director Bill Condon stated that they shot
everything as "powerful and potent as they could".
In October 2010, it was announced that Michael Wilkinson would be the
costume designer. However, in April 2011 Summit announced that Carolina
Herrera is the designer Bella's wedding dress. Meyer's description of
the dress was "a simpler style than the frillier Edwardian stuff.
Elegant white satin, cut on the bias, with long sleeves." She stated
that the dress was "an interesting mix" and has a "vintage feel, but at
the same time, there's an edge to it." Stewart described the dress as
very tight, but still liked it and thought that it was very pretty.
Ashley Greene described Alice's bridesmaids dress, which was presumed
to have been designed by costume designer Michael Wilkinson, as
"magical and beautiful". She spoke about the design process, "We wanted
to have all the bridesmaids fit together and also have their own
identity. So, we took a little bit of Alice's past and put it into her
Apparently corsets were added to all the cast's wedding outfits, but
they were removed during filming because the cast felt uncomfortable
wearing them whilst dancing.
In October 2010, Condon announced that Oscar-winning visual effects
supervisor John Bruno, along with his team, would helm the visual
effects for Breaking Dawn, including the effects necessary to show
Renesmee in her various stages of life in Part 2.
In November 2010 filming
officially began in Brazil. The first scenes were shot in the Lapa
District in Rio de Janeiro for one night. A long city block was rented
honeymoon scene was shot in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro and filming took
place in the Taquari area, near an unidentified waterfall and at Saco
do Mamanguá beach where a mansion is located. Apparently it rained on
every day of shooting. In late November, shooting moved to Baton Rouge,
Louisiana where most of the indoor scenes were shot on a sound stage
and in a house.
In January 2011, producer
Godfrey confirmed that part one of the movie would cover the wedding,
honeymoon, pregnancy and birth and ends just before Bella's
transformation into a vampire, Stephanie Meyer confirmed that the movie
will end when Bella opens her eyes as a vampire. Godfrey also stated
that the producers wanted to "take the audience through the emotional
part of Bella's journey as she becomes a vampire". It will also follow
the book's storyline, breaking away from Bella and following Jacob's
perspective. Part 2 of the movie will follow Bella's transformation
into a vampire, the first moments of her vampire life and the final
confrontation with the Volturi.
In February 2011, Adam Howard was added to the Breaking Dawn visual
effects team to help create the visual effects for Renesmee, due to his
notable on work on a similar issue in The Social Network. Condon
revealed that actress, Mackenzie Foy's face and expressions will be
placed digitally on the bodies of the other actresses playing the same
character through her various stages of life. Condon commented on the
process, "Sometimes it was hard because the other actresses were
actually just there. It was always going to be just Mackenzie's
expressions and things like that, so it was a very specific technical
thing that even I was learning as we did it. But I have to say, they
were real troopers these girls."
In late February and early March 2011, most of the exterior shots along
with Bella's vampire scenes, were shot in Canada.
Godfrey, quoted in Part 1 "there are the pangs of newlywed
that occur that are relatable even in a fantasy film. Marriage is not
quite the experience that they thought it was. He also commented that
he thought Part 1 is a real companion piece to Catherine Hardwicke's
movie. He also quoted that Part 2 is "an action film in terms
Special effects were used to illustrate the invisible powers
and forces between the vampires in the final battle sequence of Part 2.
had originally considered releasing Part 2 in 3D to differentiate
between the time before and after Bella becomes a vampire, an
idea originally proposed for Eclipse. He stated
that if they were to do it then it would have to be shot with the
proper "real 3D" equipment, not just convert it into 3D in
post-production. However, in the end he said the final decision rested
with Bill Condon. However, it was confirmed on February 12, 2012 that
Part 2 would not be filmed in 3D.
of Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2 was shot in Louisiana as shooting in
Louisiana provided larger tax credits making keep the budget reasonable
which a small studio like Summit Entertainment would find favorable.
Bill Condon was the director of Gods
(1998), which is about James Whale, the director of Bride of
Frankenstein. In Edward's flashback scene he is in the cinema watching
Bride of Frankenstein.
The wedding scene in Part 1
was the last scene the cast and crew shot and was also shot under tight
security. A helicopter hovered above the set, off-duty police officers
surrounded the location, and sheets and umbrellas were used to protect
the set from aerial shots being taken. To keep the wedding dress a
secret, Kirsten Stewart was locked in a room wearing a Volturi cloak to
cover the dress.
Bill Condon stated; "The last scene we filmed was the dance scene
between Jacob and Bella at the wedding. The last shot is Jacob leaving.
I called 'Cut!' and then Kristen yelled, 'Jacob!' and hiked her dress
up and started running after him into the woods, saying, "Come back!
According Kristen Stewart
the filming of the honeymoon sex scene in Part 1 was very awkward and
by the end
of the shoot she didn't feel like they had just filmed a passionate
scene. The scene had to be edited in order for the movie
receive a PG-13 rating as it was originally R rated.
In the honeymoon scenes we see how Edward tries to distract Bella with
other activities in order to keep her from thinking about sex. One of
those activities is a game of chess which has red and white pieces,
this is exactly like the pieces on the cover of the book.
had to wear heavy make-up to look thin and ghastly to show Bella
through a phase of pregnancy where the baby starts breaking her bones.
The birth scene in Part 1 took
two nights to shoot. Apparently the cast had a long discussion with
Meyer, a midwife and a doctor to discuss the mechanics of the scene, in
particular to decide the area where Edward should place his mouth to
bite into Bella's placenta if this situation could ever occur in real
life. An animatronic baby was used to shoot a few scenes of newborn
Subtle CG effects were created for Part 1 by Montreal-based
Modus FX. A
team of 12 artists spent six weeks working on the movie, creating
stylized effects to emphasize the supernatural capabilities of the main
characters without making them too obvious or noticeable. They created
the pregnant belly for Bella which was a challenge as the production
team wanted the baby to kick and move around inside her belly, so the
artists and cinematographer had to match the camera moves, the
lighting, even the film grain, along with the subtleties of Stewart's
skin. The also did a variety of subtle cosmetic
Both animatronic and real babies were used
during filming. However, Kristen Stewart preferred working
the real babies because she felt they helped her give a better
Tippett Studio first began working on the CGI wolves in February 2009
for New Moon
(2009), and the look of the creatures has evolved, becoming more photo
real over the course of the saga, with the input of three different
directors. Eric Leven from Tippett Studio stated; "It's a subtle
balance of just how anthropomorphic these wolves are. Bill
(Condon) wanted to make sure that we had a sense of the human or the
shape shifter in there. Finding that balance of how much of a human
performance versus an animal performance was important for Bill." Leven
added; "Bill has always treated the wolves as characters and never as
computer generated things, and directs them in the same way he'd direct
any actor. He would always give us direction like Sam should be
angrier. It's the best way to work. His treating these creatures as
characters, instead of just computer bits, was really great."
the look of the wolves, Phil Tippett from Tippett studio stated;
"Because we've been working on this franchise for such a prolonged
period of time, we've been able to improve the look from show to show.
Wolves generally are pretty darn clean and since Bill wanted the wolves
rangier, that means a lot more fur matting and clumping, like they've
lived out in the woods. We edged towards something a bit more feral.
However, there is also a balance between look and technology. The body
count of the wolves escalates and because we're adding a great deal
more hair to get the right texture, that fur really ups the rendering
time. We've gone from four wolves to eight to twelve, to sixteen in
Part 2. So we have to be very careful about that balance, because it
takes hundreds of hours to render each wolf."
Part 2 is the first "Twilight" movie in the entire series to have a
complete opening credit sequence.
ending battle sequence of Part 2 required 75 actors on set, a green
and fake snow as well. The cast and crew spent two months shooting in a
green screen room on fake snow and a few scenes were also shot in
Arsenal Park using green screens. It took about four to five weeks to
complete the filming on the ending sequence of Part 2, which comprises
approximately twenty-seven minutes of the movie.
April 2012, Pattinson and Stewart returned for
pick up some additional shots for technical work with some of the cast
and stunt actors. However, these re-shoots did not include any new
scenes or dialogue.
The end credits shown in Part 2 are for the entire Twilight series, not
just the last installment.
Part 2 had a $75 million dollar budget making it the most expensive
In January 2011 it was announced that composer of Twilight, Carter
Burwell, who had previously also worked with Bill Condon, would be
returning to score both parts of the movie
Breaking Dawn: Part 1 soundtrack is the first soundtrack not to feature
a song from the band Muse.
January 2012 production started for the soundtrack for Part 2. Carter
Burwell confirmed; "The movie basically upholds the final installment
with a score that has the same jungle-music feeling Part 1
us. The music pieces that take place in the catalystic final battle
will be very much like the nineteenth song in the previous movie's
score, 'It's Renesmee' and the twenty-fourth, 'You Kill Her You Kill
Leaked photo's and footage videos surfaced online when filming started
on November 7, 2010. Summit Entertainment responded to the leaks by
removing the photos and videos from YouTube, fan sites and gossip
websites. On March 31 and April 1, 2011, a mass leak of a 14-second
video and numerous low-quality stills hit the Internet resulting to
enthusiastic fan reaction and speculations that the film wouldn't be
able to maintain a PG-13 rating. Summit Entertainment released an
official statement in response to the leaks saying:
"As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight
Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet.
We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to
see it out there at this stage. The film and these images are not yet
ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and
their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the
filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to
fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012. Please, for those
who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t
view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful,
finished entirety to thrill you. Sincerely, Stephenie Meyer, Bill
Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment."
A week after the release of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, incidents began
occurring of the birthing scene, where the visual effects involves
several red, white and black flashing lights having triggered epileptic
seizures in moviegoers. The incidents have become more widespread as
news of the incidents began to flood several news sites, making people
aware that health issues that attendees were experiencing might have
caused by the scene.
Alfred Angelo has been named the
exclusive and official licensed manufacturer of Bella's bridal gown. A
replica of Bella's wedding dress was
marketed under the brand Twilight Bridal by Alfred Angelo.
It was revealed in late November 2011, following the release of Part 1,
and is available in Alfred Angelo Signature Stores and independent
Here are some compilation of behind the scenes footage from Part 1:
Interview footage of director Bill Condon for Part 1:
Interview footage of author Stephenie Meyer for Part 1: