- 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: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
- Kenneth Turan,
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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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).
Another creative thing that I enjoy is her little doodles all over the pages and the cute drawings to illustrate different things. The book is small and easy to carry and I'd rather have that over a big bulky book because those can get heavy. All of the pictures are in great color, but a few of them are blurry, but still fun pictures. I really enjoy the drawings made by various peoples on the crew-- they're so creative and different to what I expected. The spread on all of the characters is really fun to see because of how the characters are drawn and everything. There are just so many different little things to explore within the book and even details on the steamy kiss scene!
However, the only disappointment that I found was that the binding is so tight and pulled that you have to force the pages in order to see what's in the binding and you can't see the full pictures. Other than that, everything about it is so cool. The cover is actually my favorite part. The photo nearly doesn't give it credit.
Being a lover of Twilight and all Twilight things, this is definitely a good collectible for the saga. Catherine Hardwicke seems like such a chill person and from reading her book, she sounds like a great person. I really wish that she could direct New Moon because she would actually have some money to play with-- even though she did a fabulous job with Twilight. I do wish she was directing New Moon though. I wonder if Chris Weitz will make the same sort of insight into a book?