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Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer Hardcover – March 17, 2009

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Praise for the film Twilight:
"Epic! Sexy, stylish and altogether the coolest movie of the year"
- Shawn Edwards, Fox TV

". . . getting Catherine Hardwicke to direct Twilight was a shrewd move, because the youthquake specialists of Thirteen treats teen confusion without a trace of condensation. . . .She has reconjured Meyer's novel as a cloudburst mood piece filled with stormy skies, rippling hormones, and understated visual effects."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the Meyer novel that it's hard to imagine anyone else making a better version."
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Book Description

The Story of How We Made the Movie based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer!

In this intimate book, readers will follow visionary director Catherine Hardwicke through the creative process that went into transforming Stephenie Meyer’s breathtaking novel into box office gold. Designed to replicate the director’s own personal notebook that she kept on set, readers will discover the inside secrets on wardrobe, storyboard sketches, behind-the- scenes photographs, personal notes about Catherine’s favorite scenes, and much more.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316070521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316070522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm still giving this 5 stars, but there were a few things that I found a tiny bit disappointing...

1. The book is 163 pages, but there is not much text and the pages are small. It took me less than and hour to read it from cover to cover.

2. The book is written in Catherine's handwriting which can be hard to read sometimes.

3. I thought the book could have covered the topics more in depth. I thought the chapters about how they shot various scenes were interesting, but they made me wish I could ask her questions (and get the answers!). There were so many more things I wanted to know about how and why she made different decisions in shooting the movie.

Despite those 3 things, I still thought the book was really interesting and fun to read. I saw the movie twice in the theaters and this book made me excited for the DVD release (especially the bonus material). I realized after reading the Director's Notebook there were lots of little details from the movie I had missed. Here's one example: After the nomad vampires kill the security guard they wear his clothes, James wears his jacket and Victoria wears his "Kiss me, I'm Irish" t-shirt. I never noticed that before.

This book also made me realize how difficult it is to a translate a book into a film and how budget constraints can really limit a director's vision. I feel sad that it didn't work out for Catherine to do New Moon because you can tell how much she loves Twilight and put everything she had into this movie.
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Let me preface my review with the following: this book is unlikely to appeal to the screaming tween Twilight fans. This is a book for those who are fans of the *film* and want to get an intimate look at what it was like to adapt a hugely famous novel into a cinematic masterpiece.

The book itself is beautifully put together. The pages are thick and glossy and filled with conceptual artwork and hand-written production notes by the director Catherine Hardwicke. There are set design notes, wardrobe notes and step-by-step breakdowns of the most involved scenes. Altogether, its packed with just over 150 pages of insider details. I have been a fan of Hardwicke's films since "Thirteen" and was quite impressed with her interpretation of "Twilight" the novel, which greatly influenced my decision to purchase this little companion.

For aspiring film-makers, producers, set designers and all-around film buffs who love Twilight, this little text is a gem. Combined with the hilarious commentary on the Twilight special edition DVDthere's no detail about the film-making process left undisclosed.

For those of you who are Twilight-crazy-for-Rob-Pattinson save a couple of bucks and stick to Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion which contains dozens of 8x11 glossy close-ups of Edward Cullen (and Bella).
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Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately I had to give this 1 star - it doesn't deserve that.

I saw this in the bookstores and am glad I didn't pre-order it. The book is no bigger than a postcard. $18.00 retail!?! It's not worth $10. For the price it should have been a poster book. This is just another way for Hardwicke to bleed more money out of Twilight fans. Definitely not worth the money.
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this book was okay, but if you purchased the dvd with the bonus features, it's the same thing.
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I'm a serious Twilight fan, so of course I have been spending my hard-earned dollars on any/everything Twilight. However, this director's notebook was REALLY not worth the money. I felt very ripped-off. Basically, if you've watched the DVD's special features, then you've read the notebook. No disrespect to Catherine Hardwicke, but other than just maybe one or two interesting little tid-bits, this book is just recycled information. Unless you are just trying to build a shrine of Twilight memorabilia, I wouldn't waste your money!
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Format: Hardcover
A mixed bag, it was nice to learn a bit more about the making of the movie but it didn't go into depth. Quite a bit of the information is already available at different sites onlne. The format is very small so the pictures are small which I didn't like at all. Bigger and glossier would have been better. There is not nearly enough about Robert Pattinson in it. I would recommend it only for die hard fans who are looking for anything new in between films.
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"Twilight: Director's Notebook" has some insights, and photographs as well as movie trivia, but despite this, I found it lacking. This is because the book is purported to be the Director's Notebook, and I really expected a work of more substance, instead of something flimsy [it's postcard sized] and seemed like a book published to ride the series' popularity.

I'd rather recommend "Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion" which I felt to be worth my money, and provided deeper insights into the production of the movie.
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I loved the entire twilight series and was concerned as to how it would transfer to the screen. The directors notebook gave lots of insight into how they made the movie. I now know that Catherine Hardwick had both the authors story and the fans expectations in mind and was very sensitive to both. The book is done in a scrap book style with lots of handwritten comments that make it an interesting read for any Twilight fan.
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