Monday, October 18, 2010

'Breaking Dawn' Director Bill Condon Gives Production Update

We've been so distracted with the deluge of casting news (Hello, Denali coven!), that we nearly missed a special note "Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon posted to "The Saga"'s Facebook page late Friday evening. In it, the helmer dishes details about pre-production and the band of behind-the-scenes folk who will make the movie as magical as the first three.

First things first, with shooting beginning in a matter of weeks (weeks!), how are things coming along? "We're in the thick of pre-production now, juggling everything from casting to storyboarding to location scouting, getting it all ready to go," Bill wrote after apologizing for the five-month span between updates.

Perhaps more important than the pre-production news, is the veritable who's who that's been tapped to join the finale's crew. As much as we love to gawk at Jacob's abs or stare into Edward's lovely forlorn face, we have the crew to thank for truly making "The Twilight Saga" what it is on the big screen.

The addition that jumps out the most is that of John Bruno in special effects. John has flexed his FXs muscles in many a visually-stunning and technically proficient film, from "Ghost Busters " to "Titanic" to "Avatar." "He and his team are working intensely to develop solutions to the host of special effects challenges that Stephenie created for us in 'Breaking Dawn,' including that remarkable kid," Bill wrote. If John can make 10 ft. tall blue aliens happen, we have high hopes for the otherworldy Renesmee.

Another crew member who seems custom-cast to handle the intricacies of a rapidly growing, half-vampire-half-human kiddo is makeup designer Jean Black, who worked on the aging-in-reverse epic "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, costume designer Michael Wilkinson ("Just wait 'til you see his take on the vampire witnesses who come to Forks from around the globe," Bill teased) and production designer and "lifetime vampire aficionado" Richard Sherman round out the crew announcement.

It looks like our beloved "Breaking Dawn" will be in good hands.