Twilight director reveals movie secrets

twilightdnotebook.jpgCatherine Hardwicke, the director of the first Twilight movie, has written Twilight: Director’s Notebook, an intimate look at the making of the film.  Designed to replicate the director’s own personal notebook that she kept on set, readers will discover inside secrets on casting, location scouting and wardrobe to storyboard sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, personal notes about Catherine’s favorite scenes and much more. This one-of-a-kind experience for all Twilight fans will be released in March with a first printing of 500,000 copies. “With this book, I tried to show fans and future directors some of the process that the crew and I went through filming Twilight,” said Hardwicke.  “My challenge was to translate Stephenie [Meyer]’s powerful book and make you feel what she makes you feel when you read her works.” The movie version of Twilight has grossed over $340 million worldwide since its release on November 21, 2008.  It debuted at #1 at the box office with $70 million, making it the highest debut for a female director.

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  1. Jackie • February 5, 2009 @ 2:38 PM

    OMG I can’t wait. Sounds amazing!

  2. Anonymous • February 5, 2009 @ 5:32 PM

    why are there always at least 2 stories on twilight on this website? the movie sucked. get over it.

  3. Nancy • February 5, 2009 @ 5:36 PM

    I’ll answer that, LOL…so that people can comment on one while Jo and I argue on the other!! 😀

  4. Nancy • February 5, 2009 @ 5:37 PM


  5. Anonymous • February 5, 2009 @ 5:52 PM

    Because it was an amazing movie and the books rock and about a million of us can’t wait for the next one! Loser.

  6. sk8tergirl • February 5, 2009 @ 6:05 PM

    The movie sucked. This is coming from a fan of the books… who is also a fan of good movies. No offense Anonymous or anyone else who liked the movie, I just found it a huge disappointment.

    I have hope for New Moon though because of the new director. As for this book, I think I’ll pass.

  7. My own opinion • February 5, 2009 @ 6:23 PM

    I haven’t read the books, and I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t comment on the quality of either of them.

    However, I wonder if the movie would have such a great following and so many wonderful reviews (from non-professionals) if it didn’t have the built in fan base the book provided. In other words, if the movie stood on its own, would people think so positively?

    And I am not saying anything specifically about the people who have posted here about the movie, because I don’t know anything about their demographics, but in general, this movie has a highly skewed young-female audience (primarily because of the book). And I believe it is fair to say that therefore many of the highly positive comments are coming from viewers with a more narrowly defined interest in genres and have not had the chance to experience the wider breadth of movies that an older viewer has.

    I say this not to insult or diminish a younger person’s tastes, or say that their opinions of this movie (and others) isn’t authentic, but just to say that as their movie experience matures, perhaps they won’t view this movie the same way they do now. And this probably explains why the “established” critics don’t have the same passion for Twilight as many of its younger viewers.

    Hasn’t everyone looked back at a movie they loved when they were younger and wondered, “what was I thinking?”

    My point (and I certainly take my time getting to my point) is that Anonymous at 5:32 has a right to his/her opinion that the movie sucked (although a more deep analysis would be appreciated), just as Anonymous at 5:52 has a right to believing it was amazing (again with no reasons given), but 5:52 is wrong to call 5:32 “a loser” just because he/she disagrees with his/her opinion. Younger people often complain of not being taken seriously, and if 5:32 is indeed a younger person, (which is my assumption, rightly or wrongly, based on the way it is written) the wording of the post is one of the reasons that is the case.

    If you want to discuss intelligently the merits of your opinions, do so, but don’t attack the other person — it is immature and of no interest to others. You and your opinion will then be taken more seriously.

  8. Andrea • February 5, 2009 @ 11:02 PM

    Well, I’m in my 40s, went with a date who’s also in his 40s and we both loved the movie. I’d heard it was for young teen girls and so I was surprised to like it that much and was even more surprised that my date liked it! I’ve also read the books (only because of the hype and because I wanted to read the first book before seeing the movie to have a good base) and love them too. I agree, sometimes when you like something when you’re young, you don’t like it later, but I’d be surprised if kids who love the books (or movie, although it’s not the same quality as the books) will look back and this and wonder why they like it.

  9. demigod • February 6, 2009 @ 12:35 AM

    Andrea..I don’t relate, I can’t think of a movie/show/book that I liked as a kid and later didn’t. I understand you’re more impressionable when young, but I am fond of those early experiences. Those are things you’d like to revisit.

  10. Nancy • February 6, 2009 @ 10:19 AM

    I still love ‘The Outsiders’!!

  11. My own opinion • February 6, 2009 @ 11:34 AM

    Nancy, the movie or the book?

    I did not mean that everything you liked when you are younger you will dislike as you get older. I totally agree, demigod, that there are things from our younger years that we cherish and want to revisit. My point was that as we age and our experiences broaden, our tastes mature. It isn’t that we necessarily hate what we once liked, but we recognize that often the good feelings we associate with things in the past are nostalgia and fondness rather than an appreciation of enduring quality.

    And I say this in general terms only, not specifically towards this movie, since I have not seen it. So please, no comments on how I’m wrong because it rocked and was awesome.

  12. Nancy • February 6, 2009 @ 12:09 PM

    I loved the book and the movie (The Outsiders). Of course, the book is almost always better, isn’t it? Because by reading, we form a picture in our own mind of how we expect the characters to look and act, etc. and that makes it perfect to us…we’re usually somewhat disappointed when the movie comes out because the characters don’t look and act as we had envisioned them. I haven’t read the Twilight books or saw the movie…yet…maybe someday!! I’ve never really been into vampire books or movies.

  13. My own opinion • February 6, 2009 @ 2:11 PM

    I agree, Nancy, but I think another reason a book is generally better is because the medium allows deeper character development and storytelling through a first person or omnipotent narrative versus an expositive narrative in film. A book is generally a richer experience because you tend to invest more when you read than you do when you passively view a film. Not that there are excellent films out there, but I think it really is difficult to make a film that is better than a book it is based on. The only example I have contrary to that is Less Than Zero — I liked the film, hated the book.

  14. tributegirl • February 6, 2009 @ 3:10 PM

    sk8tergirl, I totally agree.

  15. Jo-Anne. • February 8, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    My Own Opinion, do not worry about taking your time to get there…you write with such obvious interest in the subject and it is wonderful to read such well thought out and equally well expressed opinions.

    I agree with a lot of what you say here…

    loved Sound of Music when I was ten, absolutely despise it now. On the other hand, have grown to love even more Charlie Brown and The Grinch.

    enjoy both the Harry Potter books and movies, although the depth of characters and surroundings in the books are explored in much greater detail, yes, as is most usually the case in books. Agree with Nancy, I found great enjoyment in both the book and the movie The Outsiders.

    I tend to prefer books to the movies, but find enjoyment in both areas many times.

    Yes, I do see that many younger people will definitely broaden their horizons and form different opinions as they grow older, but then again, I am sometimes amazed at certain hings people my age group find entertaining, which I think was aimed at entertaining a much younger crowd…but it bears repeating (expecially on here) to each his own.

    I am actually going to give Twilight, the book, a whirl and discover for myself if these vampires merit some time…

  16. Nancy • February 8, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    (Nancy just keeled over!!) 😛

  17. tributegirl • February 8, 2009 @ 2:47 PM

    I took my daughter and her friends to the Twilight movie, they loved it, I didn’t care for it at all. She insisted I read the books, so I am now on the 4th. She loved them, for me they are just okay. They are definitely more geared towards teenage girls, but yes, a lot of older people are really enjoying it too.
    Nancy, get up!

  18. Nancy • February 8, 2009 @ 2:51 PM

    I’m better now, thank goodness I trained my daughter how to use the defibrillator!! Sorry Jo-Anne, these type of agreements will take some getting used to!

  19. Nancy • February 8, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

    I would like to draw everyone’s attention, ESPECIALLY Jo-Anne’s, over to the Feb 02/09 ‘Radcliffe Says Girls Prefer Pattinson’ article…something VERY interesting for all Tribute commenters in there!

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