I picked up my copy of Twilight: Director’s Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer (nice title, right?) a few days ago, and when I finally got around to reading it tonight I couldn’t put it down!
It’s more than just a behind the scenes look at the film. Don’t get me wrong, all of director Catherine Hardwicke’s little tid bits are awesome in a giggly fangirl way. But the book, fashioned to replicate Hardwicke’s actual notebook, provides a riveting look into the brains and brawn that goes into filmmaking. Not since the special edition dvd of Pan’s Labyrinth have I been so awed by the genius behind the camera (if you haven’t already, you MUST check out the special features for Pan’s to see how kick ass Guillermo Del Toro’s notebooks are).
Back to the point. The 162 pages in the “notebook” have it all: Story/photoboards! Character development via art direction, hair, and wardrobe choices! Sequence production! Stunt coordination! Doodles! Quips! While I recommend the entire book my two favorite insights were: Harwicke’s assistant, Patrick Smith’s “musings” about his boss’ necessities and discovering how much of Hardwicke’s personal wardrobe made it into the film. It’s definitely more than another vehicle for Pattinson drooling opportunities. The photo of her busted up copy of Twilight clearly depicts her attachment to the story and to the project.
Also, it’s not often we get to fawn over a great female director either. Even I couldn’t go one post without bringing up another dude (see Del Toro rave above). I’m going to miss her on New Moon. Damn the man! ::shakes fists at Summit Entertainment::
My hope is that she can bring her understated, uber-gorgeous style back to do Breaking Dawn. We’ll just leave the stinky Jacob-heavy movies to that other CGI dude they hired to do New Moon…Catherine did Twilight with only two green screen shots…I’m jus’ sayin.’