Love it or hate it, life is just not going to be the same starting this November 18 – it will be ever more filled with Twilight-related things, since that is the official release date of Breaking Dawn. The final installment in the Twilight franchise, which is actually the first part of the end to Edward and Bella’s story, brings with it a lot of anticipation from TwiHards, who booked tickets well in advance and queued for hours, just to make sure they’d be the first ones to see the film. Now that the movie is finally out, it’s high time we revealed some lesser known facts that occurred behind the scenes during the making of Twilight.
1. Prestigious Directors
According to the industry rumor mill that’s always abuzz in Hollywood, Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer and an official from Summit studio, the production force behind Breaking Dawn, held talks about the possibility of directing with some mighty famous directors. Some of the rumored names are Mark Waters, the guy who gave us Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Just Like Heaven, among others, as well as ‘art-house’ filmmaker Gus van Sant. Van Sant is the author of less commercially successful, yet highly appreciated titles such as Good Will Hunting, Milk, Elephant and Paris, je t’aime.
2. Sofia’s Choice
Esteemed Hollywood director Sofia Coppola, who gave us Marie Antoinette and Lost in Translation, was actually highly interested in being involved in the Twilight franchise. Today’s most appreciated young female director actually almost signed on as the director. However, scheduling conflicts prevented her from signing up for both parts of the film, so Summit, the production studio, eventually decided to opt for a single director to both films.
3. Thank You for the Music
The Twilight film franchise is highly appreciated among TwiHards, and not just, for its wonderful illustration music. The author of the original soundtrack for the first part of the series, Twilight, Carter Burwell, chose to return to the franchise to score Breaking Dawn – Part 1, as he had worked with director Bill Condon before. Allegedly, Burwell has also composed the music for the second installment of the film.
4. Edward and Bella’s RSVP
In case you were wondering where the Cullens reside in Forks, Washington, be prepared to spot the answer in Breaking Dawn. If you have a keen eye for detail, don’t read on. If you’re worried you might blink during the scene and miss it, allow us to tell you that the address of the Cullen residence is listed as 420 Woodcroft Avenue, Forks, Washington on Edward and Bella’s wedding invitations.
5. Awkward Honeymooners
Actress Kirsten Stewart, the world-famous face behind Twilight’s Bella, has made her share of confessions regarding the shooting of the hotly anticipated honeymoon sex scene that her character shares with Edward. Sure, the scene looks great on screen – very romantic, tender and sweet. However, according to the actress herself, filming the scene was awfully awkard. Says Stewart, by the end of the shoot, she didn’t even feel like they had just shot a scene that is filled with passion.
6. RPattz’s Draconic Diet
We all know that Robert Pattinson is highly concerned with his looks. It had been previously discussed that the young actor, who has been likened to the iconic James Dean, will go to great lengths for a film role. He possibly exceeded his own standards with his preparation for the afore-mentioned sex scene. According to Pattinson, he put himself through a very strict diet and exercise regime, which started out six months prior to the filming. Don’t worry about Robert, though – he stopped the routine the day after the scene had been shot.
7. Tearjerker for All
It’s not even worth discussing how much heated sentiment and what intense passions the Twilight film franchise has provoked. However, it seems that Breaking Dawn is by far the most emotionally-charged film of the series. According to star Kirsten Stewart, co-star Taylor Lautner was in tears as the entire cast watched an unfinished cut of the film.
8. Mature Ratings
The sex scene consummated between Bella and Edward in Breaking Dawn was hotly anticipated by many, but it is that very scene which almost made the whole film unavailable to a wide portion of its audience. Apparently, the initial cut of the scene was so intense, that it caused the Motion Picture Association of America to grant the film an R rating. Since the producers did not want to alienate the films’ younger audiences, nor risk upsetting their parents, they re-edited the scene, in order for the movie to attain a PG-13 rating.
9. Rain, Rain, Go Away
This is something you will not see in the Breaking Dawn movie, but on location, shooting Edward’s wedding to Bella was a pretty difficult feat to achieve. It rained the entire time during the shot, which made the conditions all the more complicated for cast and crew alike. However, the director had tarpaulins put up to protect the cast and the equipment, according to Kellan, who plays Emmett. “We were muddy and cold,” the actor adds.
10. Stuntmen and Women Extraordinaire
According to Ashley Greene, the actress who plays Alice, most of the stunts you see in the Breaking Dawn movie were actually performed by the actors themselves. A risky feat, but one worth the chance, in order for the scenes to look as genuine as possible. “A lot of what you see will actually be us doing it,” Greene told M Magazine for their September, 2011 issue.