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Twilight Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer PDF, ePub eBook A personal, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the blockbuster film Twilight from groundbreaking director Catherine Hardwicke! This intimate full-color "notebook," designed to replicate the one director Catherine Hardwicke kept on and off the set, takes you through the creative process that went into making Stephenie Meyer's breathtaking novel come alive on screen - fr A personal, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the blockbuster film Twilight from groundbreaking director Catherine Hardwicke! This intimate full-color "notebook," designed to replicate the one director Catherine Hardwicke kept on and off the set, takes you through the creative process that went into making Stephenie Meyer's breathtaking novel come alive on screen - from casting to costumes, stunts to story boards. With never-before-seen notes, sketches, and photographs taken directly from the visionary director's personal notebook, this book includes everything from her visual inspirations, to step-by-step breakdowns of action sequences, to a behind the scenes look at some of the most pivotal moments in the creation of the film, and much more. Get the inside story - this collectible notebook will be a must-have addition to every Twilight fan's bookshelf!

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Andrikus

    Before I start, let me clarify one thing here: I am not, and never will be, a Twilight fan. I have read all four books and watched three of the movies, and I have to admit that though the books are not necessarily as great as those teenage girls claim to be, the first Twilight movie does show a quality moviemaking. There, I said it. The first Twilight movie is superb. Which is the reason I got curious of this book, where the director Catherine Hardwicke compiles a huge stack of handwritten notes wi Before I start, let me clarify one thing here: I am not, and never will be, a Twilight fan. I have read all four books and watched three of the movies, and I have to admit that though the books are not necessarily as great as those teenage girls claim to be, the first Twilight movie does show a quality moviemaking. There, I said it. The first Twilight movie is superb. Which is the reason I got curious of this book, where the director Catherine Hardwicke compiles a huge stack of handwritten notes with a heap of pictures from the shoots and behind-the scenes. And voila, an amusing, and at times sentimental recollections of how the crew worked at their picturesque locations on the outskirts of Portland, OR. It is also interesting to note how oftentimes Bella's scenes have to be done by a double because the actress Kristen S. was still 17 during most of the shoot process. In most U.S. states, you can only work a maximum of six hours a day if you are below 18. This led the crew to throw a birthday party saying "Welcome to [Working] nights!". On the whole, this small-ish hardcover would be an interesting companion to watching the first movie. Unless of course, you don't like the movie either. And try listening to Twilight OST album while leafing thru the pages. Oh crap. Forget I said that. Now I'm sounding like a teenage girl too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Read this when I was in my serious Twi-hard days. Not only is it well written and fun, it also gives a pretty interesting insight into how movies are made and just how much work goes into special effects. I think anybody interested in twilight or movie production would really enjoy this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I really didn't like any of the Twilight novels or film adaptations (though I'm considering giving them a second chance in the near future since I was only ten years old the first time I read them), but when I was in grade 5 and the first film came out, it was all the rage in a bad way. The good news is, this collection of film-based sketches and drawings is actually quite beautiful, which surprised me. The drawings and photographs were all interesting to see. I'm not sure if that means there's I really didn't like any of the Twilight novels or film adaptations (though I'm considering giving them a second chance in the near future since I was only ten years old the first time I read them), but when I was in grade 5 and the first film came out, it was all the rage in a bad way. The good news is, this collection of film-based sketches and drawings is actually quite beautiful, which surprised me. The drawings and photographs were all interesting to see. I'm not sure if that means there's some hope for Twilight, or if maybe I'm just not a fan.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lena Tumasyan

    I got this book as a gift from a friend and I loved it!! Let me start out by saying, that although I am a Twilight fan, and I have read the books, I am NOT the biggest fan in the world. And out of all the Twilight movies, the 1st one is definitely my favorite. It has a certain feel that is just not replicated anywhere else, not in the other 3 movies and not in other movies I've seen. All the diagonal shots, the cool tones, the small home-town feel, it was just magical. So, I was very excited to r I got this book as a gift from a friend and I loved it!! Let me start out by saying, that although I am a Twilight fan, and I have read the books, I am NOT the biggest fan in the world. And out of all the Twilight movies, the 1st one is definitely my favorite. It has a certain feel that is just not replicated anywhere else, not in the other 3 movies and not in other movies I've seen. All the diagonal shots, the cool tones, the small home-town feel, it was just magical. So, I was very excited to read this book. I read this book PAGE BY PAGE, Picture by picture and caption by caption. I really absorbed it. It was so much fun seeing how one of your favorite movies was made! You don't realize how wacky things are on set and how much work all this is. But Catherine Hardwicke is a genius. She really gets the artsy feel across, the magic of Twilight, like no other director. And I saw some imitation (or a sort of reverting to Twilight) in Breaking Dawn part 1, but it really doesn't come close. Catherine set the tone and it was perfect for the story. By reading this book you really get to see how her mind works to make all of that happen. I loved her hand-written notes, the silly humor, and the honesty in this book. I am so glad she made it. Thank you Catharine for making a wonderful movie and a great book!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gerasimos

    If you love the movies and the books, and if you are interested in how directors direct movies you should get this one. Plus, it is full with beautiful, artistic never before seen photos.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Buchita

    my bf sent me this book and i was like omg this book is so awesome, i saw their sketches and follow them through the creative process and everything before a completely of this movie. i love art, sketch and drawing and you know what in this book their line are so great, perfect sketch. remind me thinking of when i was studies in art university on making film class ;)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    skimmed it for booktalks... fun facts... will keep fans going

  8. 5 out of 5

    Immortal Fiction

    I excited bought this from Borders on March 17 (while celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary!) My first impression? GEEZ! Could it be any smaller and still show photos? Typical 5×7 paperback novel size, thinner than most. Nice hardback cover, but you’ll break the spine trying to see Rob Pattinson’s face in both of the two-page spreads where Edward is faceless or headless. I bought it of course. They knew it was a sure thing for collections if nothing else but its also full of very cool photos, d I excited bought this from Borders on March 17 (while celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary!) My first impression? GEEZ! Could it be any smaller and still show photos? Typical 5×7 paperback novel size, thinner than most. Nice hardback cover, but you’ll break the spine trying to see Rob Pattinson’s face in both of the two-page spreads where Edward is faceless or headless. I bought it of course. They knew it was a sure thing for collections if nothing else but its also full of very cool photos, drawings, and journal notes. I’m just being blunt because I expected something the same size and quality as the movie guide from last fall. That photo book was absolutely perfect so this one had a pretty big shadow to overcome. Sadly, it didn’t. But thanks anyway Catherine. We loved your creative work and passion for Twilight. You will be missed and your notebook is a treasure.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I love Twilight, and I thought the movie was great. Now, I've really enjoyed going through Catherine Hardwicke's journal. She is so passionate about making the movie, correctly, and she put so much hard work into it. First off, I absolutely love the drawings and the storyboard sketchings. They really gave me a new perspective on the behind-the-scenes of Twilight. The costume designs were awesome! I think they were my favorite part. I also really enjoyed reading about how they made the favorite s I love Twilight, and I thought the movie was great. Now, I've really enjoyed going through Catherine Hardwicke's journal. She is so passionate about making the movie, correctly, and she put so much hard work into it. First off, I absolutely love the drawings and the storyboard sketchings. They really gave me a new perspective on the behind-the-scenes of Twilight. The costume designs were awesome! I think they were my favorite part. I also really enjoyed reading about how they made the favorite scenes, how everything was placed, etc. All in all, it was a quick read into the movie world of Twilight. I recommend it to others who share the same passion about Twilight. Rating: 95/100

  10. 5 out of 5

    AH

    My neighbor was cleaning out her garage and gave this book to me. Nice photos, but we've seen them already. Difficult to read as it is written in teeny tiny handwriting. Good for - the Twilight Fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Twillaz

    I now know EVERYTHING, Catherine Hardwicke! Mwhahahaha!!!! Brilliant book :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    GOOD

  13. 4 out of 5

    Narmitha

    This book shows the making of the twilight movie. This includes all of the characters and how they went through make up clothing and hair. They also show how all the actors and actresses who were gonna play the vampires and how they got ready to make them look like actual vampires ( pale skin gold eyes sleepless but good looking ). This book also shows how they filmed the baseball scene and te costumes. Also this book shows how they filmed, what they say, the hardest scene of the whole movie, wh This book shows the making of the twilight movie. This includes all of the characters and how they went through make up clothing and hair. They also show how all the actors and actresses who were gonna play the vampires and how they got ready to make them look like actual vampires ( pale skin gold eyes sleepless but good looking ). This book also shows how they filmed the baseball scene and te costumes. Also this book shows how they filmed, what they say, the hardest scene of the whole movie, which is the fight scene. They had to do a lot of things to get this ready. Then lastly, is the car accident. Now keeping in mind that noone can actually hold a car from crashing in to them with one hand. So they had to dent the car before hand the place a foam around it. So when he pushes it, it will be easier and it will look real. I will recommend this book to people who want to know how they filmed and created the twilight movie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abi Holligan

    I got this book for my birthday and found it really fascinating, it's basically a book about how they made twilight, there was sketches everywhere of what they wanted characters to look like initially and it tells you all sorts of things like why they couldn't film in certain places. It's written by director Catherine Hardwicke and she shows things from what's in her bag(?) to where she got insipiration(her sisters paintings) It really does look like a scrap book, there is some writing to read o I got this book for my birthday and found it really fascinating, it's basically a book about how they made twilight, there was sketches everywhere of what they wanted characters to look like initially and it tells you all sorts of things like why they couldn't film in certain places. It's written by director Catherine Hardwicke and she shows things from what's in her bag(?) to where she got insipiration(her sisters paintings) It really does look like a scrap book, there is some writing to read on some pages hardly any on some quite a bit, it's written in Catherine's writing and she draws arrows to point at the thing she's talking about. The best part of the book for me was defintately the characters descriptions, it had drawings of the character, what they wanted them to wear, colour palette's and the Cullen Crest page, which shows the drawings of how they came to the final crest. Must have for Twilight Fans

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendra /Books Complete Me

    I am a true blue Twilight fan. I am what some would call obsessed. I am a Twilight Mom. I was disappointed in the movie. The only reason I read this book was so I could see what CH might have been thinking when she did some of the things she did in the movie. It didn't help, although there were some things in the book showing things she was thinking of putting in the movie that I am glad she didn't. The book itself was interesting in the fact that it showed some of the process of filming a movie I am a true blue Twilight fan. I am what some would call obsessed. I am a Twilight Mom. I was disappointed in the movie. The only reason I read this book was so I could see what CH might have been thinking when she did some of the things she did in the movie. It didn't help, although there were some things in the book showing things she was thinking of putting in the movie that I am glad she didn't. The book itself was interesting in the fact that it showed some of the process of filming a movie. Those types of things were interesting. But as a whole, in my opinion, CH was just looking to jump on the Twilight bandwagon and wrote this book so more of the Twilight obsessees would part with their money. I would not recommend anyone pay for this book, for it is not worth buying and keeping. I would recommend that the book be taken out of the library.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Lots of pictures and graphics from Hardwicke's notebook. Inside look into the behind the scenes tricks used to create some of the special effects. I was not a fan of the movie, but a big fan of the book. There were parts of the movie (not from book) added that I didn't care for. This book gives you an inside look as to why the director added certain scenes, what she was trying to convey. This helped me get a better understanding. It's interesting in its self to see all that goes into shooting a Lots of pictures and graphics from Hardwicke's notebook. Inside look into the behind the scenes tricks used to create some of the special effects. I was not a fan of the movie, but a big fan of the book. There were parts of the movie (not from book) added that I didn't care for. This book gives you an inside look as to why the director added certain scenes, what she was trying to convey. This helped me get a better understanding. It's interesting in its self to see all that goes into shooting a film, just one scene is amazing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Estefani

    I was rearranging my bookshelf, and somehow I always forget that I have this. I bought it after reading Twilight, like...seven years ago, when I used to like the series, but this little companion notebook by the director of the first movie. It's actually really cool, it has sketches and art boards, sketches of how the characters and places should look like, how they made some of the scenes, as well as cinematic aspects of the film, that are entertaining to see.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Redfox5

    This book is very pretty and well presented and it was a nice way to spend an hour. But I didn't feel like a came away with much I didn't already know. Offers you a very slight look into directing a film. Storyboards and sketches scattered throughout but not much actual writing. One for the die hard Twilight fans.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly Foley (Procida)

    I am interested in film-making after watching my daughter act in some films. For a while it ruined watching movies because you envision the camera and set instead of immersing yourself in the story. I read this before seeing Twilight but that just made watching the film more interesting. The filmmakers true love of the story also came through in this book. It was enjoyable!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angja

    TWILIGHT: DIRECTOR'S NOTEBOOK: THE STORY OF HOW WE MADE THE MOVIE BASED ON THE NOVEL BY STEPHENINE MEYER BY CATHERINE HARDWICKE Rating: 3/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟 Reads like: a cute companion novel for any Twilight fan Feels like: an interesting expose on anyone who aspires to study film Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story Of How We Made The Movie Based On the Novel by Stephenie Meyer by Catherine Hardwicke is, just as the title infers, the story of how director Catherine Hardwicke and her filmmaking team TWILIGHT: DIRECTOR'S NOTEBOOK: THE STORY OF HOW WE MADE THE MOVIE BASED ON THE NOVEL BY STEPHENINE MEYER BY CATHERINE HARDWICKE Rating: 3/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟 Reads like: a cute companion novel for any Twilight fan Feels like: an interesting expose on anyone who aspires to study film Twilight: Director's Notebook: The Story Of How We Made The Movie Based On the Novel by Stephenie Meyer by Catherine Hardwicke is, just as the title infers, the story of how director Catherine Hardwicke and her filmmaking team created the movie that would somehow become the western global blockbuster Twilight. Before I go too much further into this book reviewe, allow me to make one misconception very clear very quickly: I am not, and will never be, a Twilight fan. However, when browsing a used bookstore in an attempt to find the perfect belated birthday present for a dear friend of mine, I did happen to spot this book, and was immediately intrigued. Upon opening the first page, I discovered this book was just as the cover inferes it is; the director's notebook of the famous novel bound in book format, complete with storyboards, spark-notes, and snippets of the official movie script. Considering I am going to be taking a film class this semester for college, I decided this book was at least worth a single read, and immediately bought it. Overall, this book impressed me, and although not particularly deep in scope or formating, I do think it does sucessfully achieve the purpose of why it was created to begin with---provide excellent tips and examples to any aspiring director or filmmaker on what it actually takes to create a successful movie, and for that alone, I'm glad this novel exists.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Molly B.

    Twilight: Director’s Notebook Catherine Hardwicke 11/1/18 Twilight: Director’s Notebook, by Catherine Hardwicke, is an amazing behind the scenes look at the making of the first Twilight movie. This book was written by the director herself and includes many fun facts and details about how the movie was thought of, planned, and made that is sure to be a fun read to any Twilight fan. The book includes many amazing things like sketches of what the characters were thought to look like, the casting stori Twilight: Director’s Notebook Catherine Hardwicke 11/1/18 Twilight: Director’s Notebook, by Catherine Hardwicke, is an amazing behind the scenes look at the making of the first Twilight movie. This book was written by the director herself and includes many fun facts and details about how the movie was thought of, planned, and made that is sure to be a fun read to any Twilight fan. The book includes many amazing things like sketches of what the characters were thought to look like, the casting stories, images of scenes and how they were shot, and many other fun things. The book has a lot of pictures, which makes it a nice easy read for anyone looking for a relaxing and interesting book. One of the best things about the book is it has the directors thoughts in it, which are often quite hilarious. One of my favorite parts of the book was the story behind the casting of the character Carlisle Cullen because the actor who got the role, Peter Facinelli, wasn’t originally going to play the character but it ended up happening because of his funny lasting impression and it definitely wasn’t something I ever would have known or thought about when I was watching the movie without this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rose Marie

    This book was so interesting and nostalgic to me. It not only brought me back to the early Twilight movie days, but I learned so many interesting facts and hidden things they did through filming. Catherine Hardwick very clearly has such a love for this movie and these characters and that's very evident throughout this book. Seeing how things came together and how they created the Twilight world we all know and love was so cool. Im very glad I got to read this and really wish more books like this This book was so interesting and nostalgic to me. It not only brought me back to the early Twilight movie days, but I learned so many interesting facts and hidden things they did through filming. Catherine Hardwick very clearly has such a love for this movie and these characters and that's very evident throughout this book. Seeing how things came together and how they created the Twilight world we all know and love was so cool. Im very glad I got to read this and really wish more books like this, with facts and photos and sketches, would come out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    San Frazier

    Of you are a twilight can you should read this book. I really loved how the book tells the story of how they translated the books into the movie it was cool to see that. It has notes from the directors and so much behind the scenes info. I think that even though the movie left out so !ugh this book kind makes up for that to me.. Seeing how it unfolded was pretty cool. I would love to see a movie production up close.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wren

    I actually really liked this! It's very cool to read the behind the scenes of a movie and Catherine Hardwicke was very dedicated to the making of the movie. I've read it twice now and it's just very informative for making a movie and other things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Kool

    I think this book was fantastic. It showed how the characters were originally designed and how they changed. It was very informative on how they made the movie and other stuff. I hope to get the notebook for all the other twilight books/movies.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Bonin

    I have mixed feelings about the Twilight Saga, but this book was a lot of fun. I loved learning about the moviemaking process. I can relate to Catherine's creative passion and attention to detail. It really resonated with me. An enjoyable read during a rainy afternoon!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I randomly came across this in the library and decided, why not? This will make you appreciate just how much work goes into making a movie. I like that this director is really into the details, which is important when you're making a book into a movie. Definitely recommended for fans of Twilight.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Florence

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trinity Fordham

    Not as informative as it probably should be. Not completely terrible though. Twilight is still trash.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

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