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Favorite Moments of ‘Bill Condon’s Amazing Commentary for Breaking Dawn Part 1′ from @Breakingdawnmov

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Bill Condon is the perfect director for the same reason his commentary for Breaking Dawn Part 1 is so illuminating. Condon explains the strengths of each of his actors and collaborators with precision while keeping in mind the complete picture.
Condon’s adoration for the Twilight series is clear; changes made from the novel are explained with grace and thoughtfulness.
Here are the most interesting tidbits:
The last scene of Breaking Dawn Part 1 is exactly where Part 2 begins.

“Kristen is the ultimate Twihard.” She remembers the first time she read the books, what made her cry, and she’d lobby for certain lines to be put back in.

The characters were so comfortable together that “it was between the lines of acting and just being.”

Towards the end of filming, Kristen Stewart has a scene with Taylor Lautner where Jacob and Bella have a last dance. At the end of the scene as the Quielute recede into the forest, Kristen lifted everyone’s spirits by hiking up her wedding dress and running after Taylor with the hilarious “Jacob! Jacob! I was wrong, I changed my mind, come back, don’t leave me!”

Kristen Stewart’s Bella in Breaking Dawn 2 is a sort of “Warrior goddess.”

The original cut of the love scene had “a bit more thrust.”

Bill Condon toyed with the anticipation for the love scene. He knew it would be impossible to live up to fan anticipation, instead he empahsized reliving the moments as Bella remembered them–where he touched her, where he kissed her, Edward’s smell.

When Edward and Bella kiss on the beach after the chess game, it was very awkward for them because there were tons of boats with paparazzi in the harbor. The boats had to be digitally removed.

Carter Burwell’s theme for Renessmee’s lullaby is heard around 46:30, Robert Pattinson will perform it in Part 2.

Kristen Stewart is an amazing cook. Condon can imagine Kristen as a director, Rob as a writer and Taylor as a producer.

Part 1 is intimate whereas Part 2 is epic. Many scenes were removed from Part 1 to make it more personal in scope.

It was nearly impossible to acquire a Visa for Brazilian actress Carolina Virguez (housemaid Kaure) so she could film in Vancouver. A friend of a friend had to contact the White House to make it happen.

There are 1400 effects shots in Part 1, 2000 in Part 2. In total, it’s more than Avatar. The goal was to not discern when special effects were used.

Kristen Stewart doesn’t have the vanity of a typical actress. She “wanted to look just as terrible as she could” during Bella’s deterioration.

Robert Pattinson is unbelievably tender with children, and we’ll se a lot of that in the second film with Renesmee. “Something changes” when he’s around children: he’s very “sweet and caring” with them.

Stephenie Meyer wore two hats as producer and writer with equal aplomb. She understood what needed to be changed for the movie while not loosing the spirit of the novel.

Bill Condon’s first Comic-Con for Breaking Dawn was as “unbelievably intense and overwhelming” as everyone told him it would be, he was amazed and pleased at the fan interest in every frame.

Kristen Stewart pretended to get in a fist fight with her emaciated body-cast dummy on set.

Condon loved how interactive the fans were in wanting certain scenes to play right, like the childbirth and love scene.

Condon knew they couldn’t have an R rating, but wanted the childbirth as intense as possible. A rule was imposed in direction to frame the scene as Bella sees it. Stephenie Meyer stood firmly behind Bill Condon in supporting the scene-it wasn’t sanitized it in any way.

The original score was hugely operatic during the end as Bella recovers into a vampire, it was a huge revelation late in the production to have the score end in silence with her last heartbeat.

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Robert Thomas-Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in Barnes, a suburb of London, the capital of England. His mother, Clare, worked for a modeling agency, and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S. Robert is the youngest of three kids in the Pattinson family, and the only son. He has two older sisters. Elizabeth is three years older than he is, and Victoria is five years older. Pattinson became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Company. After some backstage experience there, he took on acting roles. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles. Since then he has performed in an amateur version of Macbeth at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, as well as trying his hand at modeling. more

Musical career

Pattinson plays guitar and piano, and composes his own music. He also appears as the singer of two songs on the Twilight soundtrack:
"Never Think", which he co-wrote with Sam Bradley,
and "Let Me Sign", which was written by Marcus Foster and Bobby Long.
The soundtrack for the film How To Be features three original songs performed by Pattinson and written by composer Joe Hastings.
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Filmography

# Maps to the Stars (2014) ... Jerome
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# Cosmopolis (2012) .... Eric Packer
# Bel Ami (2012) ....Georges Duroy
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# The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) .... Edward Cullen
# Water for Elephants (2011) .... Jacob Jankowski
# The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) .... Edward Cullen
# Remember Me (2010) .... Tyler Hawkins
# The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) .... Edward Cullen
# Twilight (2008/I) .... Edward Cullen
# Little Ashes (2008) .... Salvador Dalí
# How to Be (2008) .... Art
# The Summer House (2008) .... Richard
# Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) .... Cedric Diggory
# The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007) (TV) .... Daniel Gale
# The Haunted Airman (2006) (TV) .... Toby Jugg
# Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) .... Cedric Diggory
# Ring of the Nibelungs (2004) (TV) .... Giselher
# Vanity Fair (2004) (uncredited) .... Older Rawdy Crawley
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# Remember Me (2010) .... executive producer

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