It’s refreshing to have a director who smiles and looks like he isn’t tired and is really enjoying the whole experience. We haven’t had that in awhile.
When you started making this film, what was the learning curve?
The cast taught me so much. Kristen Stewart knows this character better than anybody in the world, and it’s so much made up of the Bella Swan of the book and Kristen Stewart and what she brings to it. That, for me, was just a lot of hanging out and talking before we started shooting. A lot of discussion, especially of the script. We took a few weeks where we just went through it page by page with all the actors. That completely helped me to get inside it.
What did you take from each of the past three films in studying them to figure out what you wanted your own voice to be?
The big thing I took was how different they are from each other. That was part of the appeal of getting involved because I feel that within the template of twilight, those are three very different directors who made three very different movies, each of which reflected their interests. That really appealed to me. I always saw Breaking Dawn – Part I as being kind of a bookend to the first movie. Everything that gets set up there gets resolved in the last. I think it has it’s own completely different style, but there are echoes of moments and musical references more to that movie than any of the others.
I think of the first one as having this youthfulness, the second as having this almost adult heartbreak, and the third as having this action and interest in vampire lore.
Where do you fit in?
First of all, these two movies I made are each very different from the other, but I would sayBreaking Dawn I is a real immersion in romantic melodrama, but as a grown-up story. I feel like it’s Twilight Grows Up. The actor’s have adult concerns now. Take the vampires and the werewolves away and it’s about what the first year of marriage is like, or for Jacob, after you’ve lost, how do you grow out of this and become your own person. I have to say, the last act of this movie is a horror movie, too. It’s a flat-out horror movie. And that excited me because I have a background in that [with Candyman 2] and it’s something I wanted to explore again.
Clevver TV asks Bill Condon talk Breaking Dawn
Cambio & Moviefone will live stream the Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Bill Condon panel
Tomorrow starting at 4:30pm PT, Cambio & Moviefone will live stream the Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Bill Condon panel from The Official BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 Convention!
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We will also live blog all guests on the panel
On set interviews from Taylor Laurtner, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones, Ashley Greene, and Bill Condon.
This just in from Creation Entertainment:
The convention this year will be even more extraordinary than last. We have some very cool surprises in store for our fellow fans and we remain grateful to our friends at Summit for allowing us the opportunity to bring this highly unprecedented event for all to enjoy. We are VERY happy to welcome director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Bill Condon and the very talented screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg who has written all the screenplays for the Saga. Both of these new stars will appear on Saturday bringing our Twilight celebrity attendance up to a record breaking 18 stars including the highly anticipated appearance of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner as well as The Cullen Family!
Gary Berman, co-CEO of Creation Entertainment, producing this weekend’s event with Summit Entertainment, stated that the response to the convention has been nothing short of extraordinary. ”We are so pleased to join with our friends at Summit to deliver what we think will be an amazingly fun weekend for all Twilight fans that have been so very supportive of the productions from the very start. We can’t wait until the Northern American movie release date of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1November 18 but the convention will help keep us going until then and we have some very cool surprises at the event to share too!”
Berman also stated that it was important to the production team for the convention to bring the weekend’s festivities to one of Hollywood’s legendary hotels and meeting spaces. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is absolutely the correct historic meeting place and the Twilight Saga has made film and fan history deserving of such a prestigious location.
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“It’s almost clinical the kind of strict guidelines [the MPAA] have about anything that appears to be — how do I put it delicately?
That appears to be, let’s call it thrusting. In fact, you know, it was so much more about romance than it was about hot-and-heavy action, so it was a very kind of simple adjustment to make.”
Condon wouldn’t confirm what Kristen Stewart said in Glamour about the film being re-cut to avoid the R rating. We’ve heard from both sides of the fandom – those that want it to say PG-13 and those who want the “director’s cut” version that isn’t tamed down at all. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Read the whole story at MTV.
Fandongo released an interview with Bill Condon where the director discusses some scenes in the film from Edward’s PoV that focus on his back story.
In the second Bill Condon interview to hit the web today, the director talks to HitFix about how impressed he was with Kristen Stewart, the score and themes of the film, and the changes the characters all go through. Condon compared Breaking Dawn to the other three films in the saga as the film where the characters grow up.
“ Y’know, I keep calling this ‘Twilight grows up,’ but in a way it is. All of the characters take tremendous steps in this story and that’s part of what turned me on to the material, to collaborate with Kristen Stewart as she goes from being the Bella we know in the first three movies to being a bride, being someone who finally has sex, gets pregnant, gets sick, gives birth, dies, become a vampire, becomes a warrior? Just think of that journey. I guess for none of them it was just playing the same old thing. Jacob becomes a man in this movie. He moves away from being the third leg in a triangle and breaks free of that and his background and his family and his pack and becomes his own person. So, that was a journey all the actors were eager and open to collaborate on.”
Condon also gives us a hint as to the conforntation scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2.
“As anyone who has read the novel knows, we end up in a big set piece with maybe 27 or 30 vampires on one sided aided by a dozen or so wolves against 80 vampires on the other side in this big confrontation. It’s mostly a discussion, but many dramatic beats within that. And that was like staging a spectacle on a stage almost, because we shot that for a month and not even counting all the second unit stuff. The sense of spectacle and moving fluidly through that, I did feel like I was calling on my musical roots there.”
Read the whole story over at HitFix.
Bill Condon did a phone in interview with Moviefone this weekend. Time and again Condon has proven in interview how seriously he has taken this material and how driven he has been to get everything right for the fans. This interview follows right along those lines. Here are a few tid bits as a sample:
You mention the performers experimenting in the dailies. I think it would be fair to call you an actor’s director — the films you’ve directed have gotten stars Oscar nominations five times, and Jennifer Hudson won — but Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner grew up on these movies; they’re maybe set in their ways and what they think the characters are. How do you come in and direct them for this last run?
I did not find any of them set in their ways. It felt like they were eager to explore. Part of the advantage I had was that after a lot of anticipation in three movies, now a huge number of things happen. These characters change so dramatically. When you think of where Bella stars, which is where she’s been for all three movies, and by the end she’s this fierce warrior-hunter-maternal-goddess. All the steps that get her there — it’s a huge amount of change. The same for Jacob and Edward. They grow up more than anything.
Catherine Hardwicke [who directed 'Twilight'] has a genius for getting inside the brain and is so in touch with what it’s like to be a teenage girl. I couldn’t imagine doing that first ‘Twilight.’ But I can imagine doing this one because it’s more adult concerns happening in this story.
Bella has that big transformation, of course, but Jacob has to go through a lot of heady emotional stuff as well. Taylor is the least experienced and youngest actor of the main trio — did you have to do any additional work with him to get him to where Jacob needed to go?
He is as serious an actor as anybody I’ve ever worked with. He worked really, really hard and wanted to get deeper inside the emotions of this character. Because, again, this character goes through things way beyond mooning over the girl he can’t have. He was up to it, and really, really serious. He didn’t walk through anything. Like any good actor it was a lot of talk, questions and trying things.
Read the whole interview on Moviefone.