I was lucky enough to find a copy of the New Moon Illustrated Companion at a nearby Walmart on Saturday. It wasn't too surprising that this store ignored the embargo on it, because they were also the same store where I bought the DVD for Twilight 3 days early. Some places never learn, and I'm thankful for that. LOL!
As most of you have seen the picures are AMAZING! My hats off to Chris Weitz, I think this is going to be spectacular! I haven't finished reading all the information in it yet, trying to take my time and make it last longer. But here are a few of the interesting tidbits I've found so far. Some will be direct quotes and others will be more of a synopsis.
Warning, don't read this if you want to discover any info for yourself!!
**At an event in the fall of 2007, the Director for devlopment from Summit sat down with Stephenie and she made the comment, "that most girls have only been in love once, if ever, and they believe there is one person in the universe for them. The idea that there is more than one person you can love, and more than one kind of love, is hard to fathom. New Moon is about that, about the first heartbreak and the healing process.
**While filming the breakup scene in the forest Rob and Kristen were being swarmed by mosquitos.
**When Melissa Rosenberg wrote the Twilight screenplay she "tried to keep the fan base out of (her) head, but (she) couldn't avoid it by the time of New Moon."
**She gave the men in Port Angeles motorcycles to make it a more "significant moment" and because motorcycles will become "an important part of her relationship with Jacob".
**Taylor began working out immediatly after he was done filming Twilight because he knew of the transformation his character would go through. He was able to show the producer's that he was visual able to represent the changed Jacob.
**In all the "vision" sequences Edward is wearing the same outfit he does when he said "goodbye" to Bella because that is the last memory she holds of him.
**Even the cameras used and their movements are done to show the relationship between the characters.
**They scouted many locations for the Cullen house, but found one that "was comparable enough with the house in Portland."
**The Cullen house used for Twilight was "a very specific house, and the only way out of that puzzle for us was to put portions of the story of New Moon in other parts of the house".
**The sequence for the birthday partyl "Edward relates the history of the Volturi to Bella, she becomes wounded in the hand, and Edward faces off against Jasper."
**Rob quote: "The birthday scene at the Cullen house is like the ideal birthday party. The house is beautifully decorated and everyone is happy. Edward is looking at Bella and thinking that she can become part of his family and his life--that maybe this can work out the way he wants it to."
**They used the Blue Ray DVD of Twilight to help them with the age, color, texture and features of Bella's house and room.
**They used the Twilight Illustrated Companion for help finding Bella's truck.
OK MAJOR VISUAL SPOILER HERE:
One special challenge for the production team was how to confey Bella's depression once Edward departs. In the boks..the month pages do it. (October, November, December, January) In the film the passage of time is represented with visual effects. Bella sits in her chair in the bedroom and a camera circles around here while the seasons change outside her window.
**Another shot manipulation, instead of Bella running to her truck and driving home after seeing the wolves in the meadow, she runs out of the woods and tells Charlie immediatly that she saw them. Changes made to make the scene more efficient.
**The dreamcatcher stirs up emotions in all the major characters: Jacob says it will catch bad dreams. Edward is irritated that his rival gave Bella an intimate gift, and Charlie regrets that it stops working.
**Film Editor Peter Lambert edited a portion of the film during his daily commute. This may be the first major motion picture in which the bigest protion of hte first assembly of the film was edited in the backseat of a car.
**As a sign that Bella is commited to Edward her clothes are linked to his color wise. After he leaves she doesn't pay much attention to her appearance.
**They wanted Jacob's house to be "like a stepping stone into the forest world". So it's further from the heart of the reservation.
**Emily and Sam's house is deeper in the forest, more seperate from regular life.
**art director Cathrerine Ircha helped make sure the prodcutions maintained "fan friendly continutiy". She kept an eye on fan sites and blogs .
**when they are rebuilding the bikes there is a montage of scenes.
That's all for now! I'll keep reading and hopefully post some more later!