The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Fan Loyalty

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner star in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," directed by David Slade. The film is being released on June 30 by Summit Entertainment.

All the filmmakers felt a responsibility to the fans in making The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

 

“The Twilight universe is completely unique. I cannot think of anything like this really,” says Slade. “The phenomenon is so huge and so disarmingly unlike what you'd expect, there really isn't a parallel. I came into this film not really understanding that. To a degree, it hadn't yet reached critical mass at that point. I don't think anybody could be prepared really for it as a filmmaker. When I was in talks to direct Eclipse and New Moon hadn't come out, we knew it was a huge big thing. But when New Moon came out, it just exploded in ways that I couldn't have possibly have imagined.”

 

“My experience with the fans has been anywhere between absolutely terrifying and

actually rewarding. Meeting fans has been really, really nice, except for the time when I was really scared.. and that was my fault cause I didn't know not to run,” laughs Slade.

 

“During production Vancouver was besieged by teenagers from America and all part of the world. The places where the actors were staying, shockingly were at 100% capacity with fans,” laughs Godfrey. “From a personal standpoint, I think the actors had to be careful walking outside. From a shooting standpoint, we would be driving to work, turn on the radio and hear that we’d be shooting in Coquitlam. So we would get to our location and people are all holding signs saying things like ‘I’ll be sullen if I don't get to see a Cullen.’ Whatever they could come up with to get Taylor, Rob, Kristen, and the Cullens to stop and sign autographs. I think what's really good about it is that it’s a constant reminder that you have this duty to do your best, because they're all going to be waiting for the movie.”

 

“There were times when we would do a last-minute location shift because of weather and sure enough, there'd be fans standing at the new location when we got there,” adds producer Bill Bannerman.

 

“They're dedicated fans and they deserve to be first in line at the theater because they stuck it out. It's unlike any other film I've ever worked on – to get this non-stop attention from the fans, 24/7, from beginning to end. It’s still going and will continue to until the franchise is finished.”

 

“Because there's such an avid fan base for the Twilight book series, we have to take into account all the little details that are written in the novels when we're designing the sets,” adds Austerberry. “Stephenie often writes about certain colors. For instance, there are red and purple twinkle-y lights decorating the graduation party at the Cullen house. We’ve kept all that in our design. I’m sure the fans would be very vocal if we didn't try to include those types of things.”

 

“I hope the fans feel we’ve remained true to the book,” comments screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. “There are a lot of things that were reconfigured and condensed and re-jiggered, but I think in some ways it's the most authentic – the truest to the books in its emotional journey. I think fans will enjoy how the movie has gotten further into the mythology, even beyond the books. Plus, Eclipse has the

most action of all three of the films and I think guys will find the life and death stakes intriguing. The epic grand battles feature some really great stunts and special effects. It's just continues to get better and better.”