SDCC 2011: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1: Panel

Here’s a special treat for all you Twilight fans out there. I decided at 6:00 this morning  (*Thurs 7/21) that I was going to grace the Twilight Panel with my presence. I hopped on the bus and headed down to the convention center and got in line. I actually had a pretty good spot in line and definitely had an in to this panel. While I was waiting out side, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Booboo Stewart and Elisabeth Reaser. Met some pretty cool people in line and enjoyed the most of my 3 1/2 hour wait.

We were shown 2 clips from the upcoming movie Breaking Dawn: Part 1. The first scene was Jacob and his “pack” in a heated conversation about how he is choosing to be with the Cullen’s in order to be close to the baby Bella is about to give birth to. They are in the middle of the words having some pretty bad conversation and the acting was, to me, pretty horrid. But it is what it is, all said and done.

On to the second clip. The Honeymoon scene. Ok, so Bella and Edward just tie the knot and they end up at their honeymoon location (in reality, Brazil, FYI).  Edward sweeps Bella off her feet and carries her into the suite. She looks around and eventually finds herself in the bedroom having an awkward moment and tells Edward she needs a few human moments. He tells her they should go for a swim, and he heads out, un-tucking his shirt behind him…insert crazy female screams…So here is Bella, brushing her teeth, trying to find skimpy lingerie to wear and in the end walks out to the beach in a towel. Cut movie.

Disappointing. But why am I not surprised since the first 3 movies were an absolute disgrace to the books. But then it’s Hollywood and it wouldn’t be a movie if things weren’t changed and discombobulated. Now don’t get me wrong, the Twilight Saga movies are a guilty pleasure of mine, I really do love them, but at the same time they suck….hard to explain.

So here’s a quick re-cap of the panel Q & A…

The panel itself included Director, Bill CondonKristen Stuart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattison (Edward Cullen), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Boobo Stewart (Seth Clearwater) and Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater). It was moderated by IGM Movies  editor-in-chief, Eric Morrow.

Before Twilight came about Bill had been working with horror films. He had gotten the novel and instantly loved it. He said it was such a lucky thing for a director and he quickly “imprinted” on the material.

When asked about the wedding scene Kristen shared that the scene was done at the end of all the filming. It was the most important scene and she got so nervous and excited. The dress was so beautiful she had to be locked in a room with super tight security to protect the dress.

Taylor thought that Jacob had a  larger part in this movie. He has a new found freedom and he becomes a different person. Jacob take a stand and is willing to separate from  the pack. He is super exited about Jacobs journey.

When asked which scene was their favorite, Rob picked the birth scene. It was different in which Edward is usually so aware of everything and here he finds himself helpless and its human. Usually Bella is there to save him and now there is no way to help Bella and he is desperate. Edward is totally annihilated by situation.

Ashley shared that the nice part with Alice throughout the course of the saga is we get to see a  fierceness and dark side of her that you don’t see at the beginning. We will see her fight for her family and go to darker places.

Nikki said it’s nice to smile on set this time around. We will find comedy and humor and a lighter moment for Rosalie.It’s amazing that the audience laughs when she is on screen, and she finally connects with Bella.

Elizabeth enjoyed working with the international vampires in Part 1. She  enjoyed seeing Esme become more of a matriarch and a stronger version of the character we have seen so far. Esme is a more honest version. Every mother is the fiercest person in a  family and it was more challenging to explore that.

And as a bonus, if you haven’t already seen it, here’s the teaser trailer for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

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