An Intimate Story about a Wedding and a Honeymoon

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking DawnPrincipal photography on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 began on November 7, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and shooting continued on the film, concurrently with production of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, for six months in three countries. The multi-national crew shot primarily in and around: Rio de Janeiro and Paraty, Brazil; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; as well as Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Squamish, BC, Canada – all creating the world of Forks, Washington; Isle Esme, Brazil; and Volterra, Italy. (Due to the global scope of particularly the second film, multiple countries were recreated in the various locations.) Additional shots for the Brazilian honeymoon sequence for Part 1 took place in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 begins as an intimate story about a wedding and a honeymoon, the details of which are so breathlessly debated, anticipated, and sought after by Twilight devotees that extreme security measures had to be adopted to keep them secret. The resulting pregnancy ignites so much controversy that the film expands in scope with both obvious, as well as surprising, visual effects challenges and an explosive third act action sequence where the Cullens and the wolves openly battle each other for the first time.

With much of the film’s narrative taking place inside and outside the Cullen house, filmmakers built two full-scale versions of the home. While honoring the established elements of the novel and the previous three installments, filmmakers still left their interpretive mark on a contemporary love story involving humans and supernatural beings, which included several flashback and nightmare scenes.

Like all Twilight films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 utilized many forested settings that feature the expected character specific gloom and rain, but cast and crew also faced unexpected weather anomalies that dogged the production at often remote locations throughout the extended shoot. In addition, the largest cast of the saga required an army of experts – including craftspeople in make-up, hair/wigs, contact lenses, costumes and props – to achieve the elaborate looks described in the book, details sure to be fact-checked by the eagerly waiting fans.

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