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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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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.
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).
I fiercely abhor the book… What happened? Was not good at all. Couldn’t find any redeeming qualities. The characters were unlikable The writing and was off, dry, or just plain terrible. I just couldn’t get interested in the book at all. The plot was uninteresting, not original or unique in any way. There was an overload of pretense, the romance was extremely s***ty romance. The male/female lead was possibly abusive, verbal/physical or both, boring, or had no-chemistry with love interest, etc. Everything was too easily predictable. Overall, WTF happened, not good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't read the writing very well. Cool and intresting read. 4 stars cause it was hard to read.Published 6 months ago by pati
Great detail about director Catherine Hardwicke's work on Twilight and she keep information and bought them into one book!Published 7 months ago by Lamar Jackson
i love this book. recommend it to any futur producer! inspirational.Published 7 months ago by Airam Cordido
Another must have for every twilight fan. Absolutely love it.Published 9 months ago by N & R Gephart
lots of great info and pictures! I love all things Twilight so this is a nice addition to my collection.Published 13 months ago by Wendy
Such a wonderful book. It is a great look from the directors point of view on the journey she took in among the first movie. Has lost of pictures and notes from her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashleigh Baugh