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February 10th, 2012
When you think about it, $291 million is not only a testament to Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1′s record breaking popularity in its opening weekend, but also to the genius, magic, detail, and dedication that goes on behind the camera of this pop culture gripping franchise.
In stores February 11, the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part One DVD includes a six-part behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of the film. Director Bill Condon shows fans an interesting look at how the film was achieved in six sections; A New Beginning, The Wedding, The Honeymoon, The Wolf Pack, The Pregnancy, and The Birth.
One scene that stood out from the rest was the wedding scene and how the designers had the difficult job of making the set and décor seem as if it was all naturally part of a forest. This organic idea made the outcome seem like a visual out of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The documentary also shows how special effect artists created the werewolves in Computer Generated Imagery. An interesting point about this was that since each film in the series has had a different director, each structure for the wolves has looked different. However this time around, Condon wanted to achieve a look similar to the second film New Moon, where the wolves appeared bigger, wetter, and muddier.
In the grand climatic fight scene at the end of the film between the wolves and vampires, viewers were able to get a realistic sense of what actors like Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene had to work with for their stunts. It basically involved pretending that giant bean bags were actually vicious wolves. Now that takes skill.
But the most challenging part was trying to show Kristen Stewart over fifty pounds lighter as a dying Bella Swan during pregnancy. In the end, they decided to use a combination of CGI, prosthetics, camera angles and lighting to achieve a pretty disturbing and effective end result.
Other challenges that the crew faced include being stranded on an island in Rio de Janeiro during a rain storm, hiking up a mountain with equipment, and a shivering water fall scene. Overall, the feature is an insightful piece with tons of interesting unseen Twilight experiences.
Make sure to check out Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD (with the special features documentary) on store shelves tomorrow!Tweet