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Bill Condon worked to give 'The Twilight Saga' a satisfying conclusion

Director Bill Condon tried to pay tribute to all five movies in the blockbuster “Twilight Saga” franchise with the finale, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2.”
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: November 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm •  Published: November 23, 2012
/articleid/3730784/1/pictures/1890355">Photo - Bill Condon attends the world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn --  Part II" at the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) <strong>Jordan Strauss - Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP</strong>
Bill Condon attends the world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part II" at the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss - Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

“It's no secret I worship at the altar of Kristen Stewart,” Condon said. “We made this as one movie and ... we shot all that at the same time. So she would go from being this badass warrior in this movie in the morning and then she'd be emaciated (with her paranormal pregnancy) in the afternoon. It was really an incredible thing to watch.”

New vampires

While Stewart had five years and four previous films to embody her character, several actors had mere moments of screen time to make their newly introduced vampire characters memorable.

“Part of the casting process was realizing that everyone had to pop in a very short time,” Condon said. “It's a very interesting challenge because they don't get introduced until 40 minutes into the movie and then a half-hour later they have their final scene.”

More than 2,000 visual-effects shots were used to make “Part 2,” Condon said, and many were used to depict Bella and Edward's daughter Renesmee, whose development rapidly outpaces a human child's.

“It's taking the idea of the book and kind of multiplying it. It was that she'd go down the hall for a Coke and come back and she would've grown an inch. So she starts as a baby, 4-month-old, 6-month-old, then it's 2, 3, 4, 5 until she gets to the size of Mackenzie Foy, which was around 8,” he said.

“The saving grace is that Renesmee is such a such a special creature, she isn't entirely human, so if there are things that are odd about her, I think that sort of plays into what's odd about Renesmee.”

Two years and eight months after he started working on “Breaking Dawn,” the director said he is happy that the saga is complete.

“What drew me to ‘Twilight' when I first saw it was I just always love vampire movies, and it was interesting 'cause if you look at the ‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1,' there's not one mean vampire to be seen,” he said. “I love the fact that this came full circle and really is what it started out to be: a very cool, original vampire movie.”


The Associated Press

Travel and accommodations provided by Summit Entertainment.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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