Monday, June 4, 2012

Movie Trivia: TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 1 & 2 (2011 & 2012)

Breaking Dawn (2011 & 2012)

According to Bella and Edward's wedding invitations, the address of the Cullen residence is listed as 420 Woodcroft Ave Forks, WA. 

Kristen Stewart has said in an interview that filming Bella and Edward's honeymoon sex scene was very awkward, and that by the end of the shoot, she didn't even feel like they had just filmed a passionate scene. 

Robert Pattinson went through a strict diet and exercise regime for six months in preparation before filming. He stopped his routine after filming the much-talked-about sex scene. 

Kristen Stewart said Taylor Lautner was in tears when the cast watched an unfinished cut. 

The sex scene between Edward and Bella originally caused the film to receive an R rating by the MPAA. The scene had to be edited to receive a PG-13 rating. 

In the scene when Bella tries on wedding shoes with Alice, Bella is wearing two rings which both belong to Kristen Stewart in real life. 

A puppet and a real three-week old baby were used for the birth scene. Strawberry jam and cream cheese were mixed and used to simulate blood on the newborn. 

Robert Pattinson took a boat driving lesson so he would be able to drive the boat in the honeymoon scenes. Despite taking lessons, he crashed the boat in both the lessons and while filming in Brazil. 

During their vows and first kiss as husband and wife, the song "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine plays. This is the same song they danced to at the prom at the end of the first Twilight installment when Bella first tries to convince Edward to turn her so they can be together forever. 

Stephenie Meyer handpicked Carolina Herrera to design Bella's wedding dress. Herrera was pleased when Kristen Stewart loved the dress because her ultimate goal was to please the bride. 

To achieve the effect of a newborn Renesmee, the visual effects team used the motions of over 30 real babies using the Lola projection rig. Small bits and pieces were taken to create the final look. Images of Kristen Stewart were also used so the baby would most resemble her like in the book. 

It took three hours to apply all the necessary make-up effects to Kristen Stewart to create Bella's emaciated physical appearance. Effects that couldn't be achieved with make-up were created digitally in post-production. 

The note Edward leaves Bella while she was asleep on their honeymoon: "I've gone to the mainland to hunt, be back before you wake. Edward" 

Robert Pattinson learned to speak Portuguese for the scenes where Edward interacts with the housekeepers, Gustavo (SebastiĆ£o Lemos) and Kaure (Carolina Virguez) in Brazil. 

In Part 1, Stephenie Meyer can be seen as one of the wedding guests as Bella walks down the aisle. Producers Wyck Godfrey and Bill Bannerman and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg are also featured alongside Meyer as wedding guests. 

One of the key elements in both the book and the movie was is how Edward tries to distract Bella with activities in order to keep her from thinking about having sex again. In the movie, one of the activities is a game of chess, with both red and white pieces, just like the pieces on the cover of the book. 

At Esme Island, Bella's chess pieces while she's playing are white in color, foreshadowing her character's transition towards the start of Part 2. The transition was also related by Stephenie Meyer in regards to the theme of the book's cover (red pawn, white queen). 

Bella's body was prosthetic from the shoulders down in the birthing scene. There was an opening in the table so Kristen Stewart could comfortably lay down underneath the table top while still allowing her head and shoulders to be visible. To achieve movement of the prosthetic limbs a puppeteer was also under the table controlling the limbs. 

Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner had difficulty not laughing while filming the birthing scenes, specifically when they had to try and bring Bella (Kristen Stewart) back to life. 

Takes place in a period of one full month. The Twilight character guide points out that Renesmee's birthday is 11 September, thus at the film's cliffhanger scene, it takes place the next morning (12 September). 

The sex scene between Edward and Bella during the honeymoon is only 40 seconds long.

Bill Condon chose not to show Edward ripping Bella's body open with his teeth during the childbirth because he felt having the audience experience it via sound effects and having Robert Pattinson slightly out of frame made it more potent. He also felt it made the scene more special for viewers who have read the book. 

Source: IMDb

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