Glamour Magazine’s chat with Melissa Rosenberg
Glamour magazine had the chance to chat with The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Followed by a live chat on their facebook, with plenty of Breaking Dawn Part 1 scoop:
Favorite scenes in the movie/books?
“I’d have to say the honeymoon scenes. Very romantic and playful. Lovely to see Edward and Bella having fun.”
Percentage of book (Breaking Dawn) actually in the movie?
“Because we split the one book into two movies, it gave us a lot more room to include as much as possible from the books. Particularly in the first part. We wanted all our favorite scenes to be included – of course everyone has different favorites, but hopefully you’ll be happy.”
Wondering what to look forward to (other than everything?):
“There are some AWESOME romantic scenes for Bella and Edward! Seriously. The wedding is lush and emotional, the honeymoon is truly sexy. Trust me on this one.”
On the wolves:
“There was a lot of discussion about the inter-wolf dialogue. In the end, the book pretty much dictated our approach making most of it voice over – but in a stylized way”.
On the music:
“Music is obviously a HUGE component of our movies. But the story always comes first. I actually don’t write to music. I find it can color my mood, and hence a scene. The only outside influence I want when I’m writing is the book.”
On Stephenie Meyer:
“Stephenie has been a wonderful collaborator. She, like the producers, director and studio, gives me feedback on every stage of my process – from outline, to first draft to finished draft. Additionally, whenever I’m stuck on a scene or a storyline, I’ll call or email her to either ask her about a certain character’s backstory, maybe even the color of a certain wolf’s fur, or to just bounce ideas around.”
“Indeed Edward begins BD1 in a much lighter place – and yes, it was a very conscious choice. He’s marrying Bella! He’s the happiest vampire in the world. And then the honeymoon, though not without its… complications, is playful and romantic. But then – things get very dark, very fast, and Edward is at his darkest moment yet.”
Has she seen Breaking Dawn Part 1?
“I’ve seen a couple different cuts, and will see the most recent soon. I was sitting in the theater with some other people and began to hear gasps – I was worried for a moment, thinking, oh no, they’re laughing (at a very serious moment). Then I realized, no, they’re crying. Not just crying, sobbing!”
On actors and their roles:
“Watching Kristen and Rob embody those characters is a screenwriter’s (and everyone else’s) dream. Their chemistry is amazing, and very rare. But writing for Jacob, tracking his growth, translating his passion, fire and sense of humor – that’s fun.”
On scenes that may have been cut:
“There’s not a screenwriter alive who hasn’t had favorite scenes cut, either for budget reasons in production, or for pacing and storytelling reasons in editing. But honestly, when I saw the various cuts of the movie, I have to say I didn’t miss them, can’t even really remember what they were!”
On adapting Stephenie Meyer’s books:
“Nothing’s harder than the completely blank page of an original screenplay. So it was a joy to adapt Stephenie’s work, which lends itself beautifully to film storytelling.”
On her cameo appearance in Breaking Dawn Part 1, working with Bill Condon, the birth scene:
“I was on set for the most important scene in the movie! The wedding! If you look closely, you’ll see me as one of the wedding guests (along with our producer Wyck Godfrey and Stephenie too!)”.
“After writing for Dexter for four years, I’ve come to understand that what’s most terrifying isn’t necessarily what you see, it’s what you DON’T see. The book really informed the way I wrote the scene – all from Bella’s point of view. It conveys her terror, and the terror of Edward and Jacob. And Bill directed it with such intensity, I was mesmerized.” (Read more on Bill’s perspective of the birth scene).
“I’ve worked with many directors over my 20 year career (wow, 20… that just aged me!). And of course, I’ve work with several on the Twi series alone – ALL of whom were truly unique, great experiences (and I’m not just saying that). But I will say that, in my very long career, my collaboration with Bill was the best writer/director collaboration I’ve ever had. I think a lot of that is because he himself is a screenwriter (Academy Award winning no less!). So he spoke my language – story, stucture, character, theme. He helped me take the characters to new emotional depths… He’s generous, and collaborative. I could go on and on.”
That’s pretty much the transcript of Melissa’s Q&A with Glamour.
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