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Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

An essential, behind-the-scenes look at how the DIRECTOR envisioned and shot TWILIGHT.

A pocket-sized (5.25 x 8.25 inch) hardback book, in full color, with hundreds of photographs and illustrations (including storyboards), this book delivers exactly what it promises: a "Director's Notebook" that tells "the story of how we made the movie." Hardwicke's jour...
A pocket-sized (5.25 x 8.25 inch) hardback book, in full color, with hundreds of photographs and illustrations (including storyboards), this book delivers exactly what it promises: a "Director's Notebook" that tells "the story of how we made the movie." Hardwicke's journey on this film, as she has made clear in numerous interviews, was an adventure: shooting on location under weather conditions that included driving rain, sleet, numbing cold, or various combinations thereof, hardy Hardwicke persevered to deliver a film that far exceeded box office and studio expectations.

This book is a behind-the-scenes look at how Hardwicke envisioned the movie from start to finish: a rare glimpse at a film maker's diary, complete with Hardwicke's own sketches (she was an architect before she became a film director), handwritten notes, candid photos from the movie, conceptual artwork, storyboards (black-and-white drawings that frame a shot for the camera), and film stills.

The result is an intimate book, one in which Hardwicke's infectious enthusiasm makes you appreciate just how difficult it is to produce a movie--much less one shot on location under such challenging (an understatement) conditions.

Fans who want a nuts-and-bolts "Making of" will certainly want to buy the authorized film book, TWILIGHT: THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED MOVIE COMPANION. (It's excellent, thorough, and at 8.5 x 11 inches, shows off the full color photos very well.) But this little gem belongs right next to it on the bookshelf.

PS: It should be noted that Hardwicke chose not to helm NEW MOON because she felt the budget was inadequate and there wasn't sufficient time allowed to shoot what is obviously a more demanding (film-wise) movie than TWILIGHT. More's the pity. Chris Weitz is certainly up to the challenge, but I really felt Hardwicke's sensibilities made her the ideal choice to for all four Twilight films.

We don't have Hardwicke on NEW MOON, but we do have this little gem of a book, which is really her extended love letter to the TWILIGHT movie, to Stephenie Meyer, and the small army of people that were mobilized to bring it to the screen.

posted by GeorgeBeahm on March 17, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, but same as the DVD extra documentary

This was a pretty cool book that had some interesting information about how the novel was turned into a movie. It answered a lot of questions about the creative choices that they made while making the movie. However, I felt cheated to spend money on this when there was ...
This was a pretty cool book that had some interesting information about how the novel was turned into a movie. It answered a lot of questions about the creative choices that they made while making the movie. However, I felt cheated to spend money on this when there was nothing in the book that isn't already in the extra documentary that's on the Twilight DVD's extra features. It had a few extra drawings and sketches, etc. but overall there wasn't much information in it that wasn't in the documentary. For that reason, I'd say that if you've seen the documentary, there isn't much of a point to buy this book unless (like me) you are a die-hard Twilight fan who simply must own everything Twilight :)

posted by AnnieAM on March 30, 2009

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    cool book

    great book because it provided a lot of details of behind the scene

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    awesome just like the twilight illustrated companion

    includes lot's of stuff trivia from the movie and some scene or part of the movie revealed and the picture are cool.. nice to read for all twilight fan out there!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    A great read for all Twilight fans!!!!

    Great for any Twilight fan. Loads of interesting behind the scenes info and trivia.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Clever Addition to the Twilight Saga!!

    This is a wonderful addition to the Twilight Saga for any Twilight fan. It's really entertaining to understand what the director/cast went through during those cold rainy days on the Pacific Coast. You get in depth knowledge of how the director came up with clever ideas and take a peek inside her bag to what she carries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    Great

    Great for more insight.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Fun Addition to Movie

    A fun look at how Twilight came to life through the talents of Stephenie Meyer and Catherine Hardwicke. I enjoyed the "scrapbook" format. Makes a great gift for the Twilight fan.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    i totally love anything that has to do with the saga, i love it all

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    LOVE IT!!!!!

    i love this book! it is such an insight into the making of the movie!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Informative

    A very visual book, read in one sitting. I enjoyed it greatly and had many of my movie questions answered.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Twilight...

    If you loved the movie and the books, then this is for you. It gives you an inside look into the making of the movie, with all the little details that we "twilighters" need (Rob's audition with Kristen in Catherine's bedroom - need I say more!). Catherine Harwick takes us on the journey with her as she makes our favorite book into a movie. This is a must for all Twilight fans.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Great Little Book

    My daughter is a major TWILIGHT fan and really enjoyed this book. It gave alot of insight to the reason the director did the movie the way it was made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2009

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    Twilight by Catherine HArdwicke

    I Love all the Stephenie Meyer TWILIGHT saga and I loved the Movie,.. so naturally I have to have all TWILIGHT "material" so I bought TWILIGHT by Catherine HArdwicke,...

    I like the book a lot, because it is interesting for me to see all the detail Chaterine HArdwicke have to go trough in order to film the Movie,..

    I really liked the book

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    This book is awesome!

    I thought this book was awesome! It is kind of like a big collage of everything that is Twilight. It shows sketches of what Bella & Edward would look like. It also has TONS of pictures of stuff you don't get to see in the movie. There are also notes and ideas in it. Basically, this book is all about how Catherine Hardwicke & her crew brought the world of Twilight to life. If you love the Twilight series/movie, you'll definitely love this book too.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Want to get the background story of twilight? Then buy this.

    I loved how you found out about the director, cast & clothing, etc involved in the making of the movie. It was great to read about & see & read.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Loved it

    Very good for those who enjoy Twilight.It provides you with additional information and I love the pictures.A good buy as well :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Twilight

    I liked this alot. It is very interesting to me to see behind the scenes of how a movie is made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Beware

    But as in good. I read this book b4 I watched the movie. I was picking out the scenes n places in the movie that the book talked about or showed pictures.
    I like the book and look forward to Stephanie's book to go out. Soon I hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    GREAT

    A must read for all Twilight fans!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

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    Great Twilight Item!

    This book gives the reader a great inside look at the making of Twilight. The pictures are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

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    Love for Twilight

    I only read twilight because my Mom tried to tell me what happened so I read it. It was excellent I was so thrilled to see Twilight in theathers. This book is great because I saw how the movie was made. To me its like an experience of its own. Catherine Hardwick put her self in her notebook so that was another excellent part of the book.

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