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  1. May 02, 2010 · Two days after the fearless leader, er director, of the fourth movie in the "Twilight Saga," "Breaking Dawn," was finally announced, Bill Condon came out of the Hollywood woodwork to release an ...

  2. May 03, 2010 · Bill Condon, director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, has reached out to fans with an open letter on his Facebook page to show that he is immersing himself in Stephenie Meyer’s world of vampires and werewolves.

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  3. May 01, 2010 · Breaking Dawn Director Bill Condon Writes An Open Letter To Twilight Fans. By Russ Fischer / May 1, 2010 4:01 pm EDT. So we've got Oscar-winner Bill Condon directing Breaking Dawn, the final ...

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  4. May 02, 2010 · 'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon reaches out to fans on Facebook: 'No, there won't be any musical numbers.' this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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    A few months after the events of the previous film, it is the day of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s wedding and Bella is preparing with the help of Edward’s sisters Alice and Rosalie and Renee, her mother. During the reception, Jacob Black, who had quickly left town upon receiving an invitation to the wedding, returns. Bella and Edward happily exchange their vows together and are married in front of their loved ones. Bella is pleasantly surprised to see Jacob returned and the two share a dance in the woods. Bella admits that she and Edward plan to consummate their marriage on their honeymoon while she is still human. Jacob becomes furious, knowing that such an act could kill her. Samand other pack members restrain Jacob before he phases. After the wedding, the couple spends their honeymoon on Isle Esme, and they make love for the first time. The next morning, Edward realizes that Bella has numerous bruises and is upset at himself for hurting her, though Bella insists that she enjoye...

    Development

    Talks for a Breaking Dawn film started after Summit Entertainment approved the second and third adaptations of the franchise, and scheduled the two films to be released six months apart. Wyck Godfrey, producer of the previous films in the series, stated in mid-2009 that they had every intention to make the film version of Breaking Dawn, but Stephenie Meyer, author of the series, explained on her website's Breaking Dawn FAQ that if an adaptation were to be created, it would have to be split in...

    Pre-production

    Since the first film was released, fans and critics speculated whether Breaking Dawn would be adapted into a film considering the adult nature of the book. In March 2010, Rosenberg spoke about adapting the book saying, "It's the big one, it's gonna be a big challenge, and I guarantee you that not all of the fans will be happy, and I guarantee you some of them will be. You have to give up the ideal of making everybody happy, it's just not gonna happen, but you hope you make the majority happy....

    Filming

    In order to keep the budget on both parts of Breaking Dawn reasonable, even though it is substantially greater than the previous installments in the series, much of the film was shot in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge. Shooting in Louisiana provided larger tax credits, which a small studio like Summit Entertainment would find favorable. Summit announced in a press release on July 9, 2010, that filming was to take place in Baton Rouge, Ucluelet, and Vancouve...

    Promotion

    The teaser poster of Breaking Dawn was released on May 24. After giving fans a sneak peek on June 2, MTV released the first official teaser trailer on June 5, the night of the MTV Movie Awards. It was released online shortly before the awards show began and then made its television debut during the broadcast. On July 21, Summit held a sold-out Comic-Con panel in Hall H, which held 6,500 fans, promoting Part 1. Condon, Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner attended the panel and answered the fans' qu...

    Leaks

    When the filming started on November 7, 2010 in the Lapa District and Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaked set photos and footage videos surfaced online. Summit Entertainment responded to the leaks by removing the photos and videos from YouTube, fansites and gossip websites. On January 13, 2011, scans of a still of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in one of their honeymoon scenes in an Entertainment Weekly article ran online, prior to the magazine's official release of the still. On Mar...

    According to the entertainment site MovieWeb, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc for Part 1 was made available to purchase on February 11, 2012. Both editions include bonus features such as Bella and Edward's wedding video, fast-forwarding to favorite scenes, audio commentary with director Bill Condon, and a 6-part "Making Of" documentary. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Universal Studios. In North American DVD sales, Part 1has currently grossed $94,845,346 and has sold more than 5,234,876 units. An "extended version" was released on March 2, 2013; this version features an additional seven minutes of footage, making the film 124 minutes, including eight additional scenes, two missing scenes, and three alternate scenes.

    Box office

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 grossed $281,287,133 in North America and $430,884,723 in other countries, bringing its worldwide total to $712,171,856. It earned a franchise-best $291.0 million on its worldwide opening weekend, marking the tenth-largest worldwide opening of all time. It reached $500 million worldwide in 12 days, a record time for the franchise. It ranks as the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2011 worldwide and the second-highest-grossing film of the franchise. The...

    Critical response

    Breaking Dawn – Part 1 received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 25% of critics (of the 207 counted reviews) gave the film a positive review with an average rating of 4.35/10, and the site's consensus reads, "Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise." The review site Metacritic gave the film a 45 out of 100,...

    Health issues

    A week following the film's release, incidents began occurring of the birthing scene having triggered epileptic seizures in moviegoers. The visual effects during the scene involves several pulsating red, white, and black flashing lights, which creates an effect similar to a strobe light. Reports of such photosensitive seizures have been reported in Sacramento, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The incidents have become more widespread as news of the incidents began to flood several news s...

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  5. May 03, 2010 · Erik Davis. May 3rd 2010, 3:44 pm. The newly appointed director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn wasted no time in reaching out to Twi-hards across the world, issuing a letter via Facebook that pretty much sums up why he wanted to take on the tough task of helming what in all likelihood will become one of the biggest films of the decade.

  6. May 06, 2010 · This past weekend, director Bill Condon broke his silence on Breaking Dawn, the upcoming movie adaptation of the fourth novel in the Twilight series. Just like previous directors Chris Weitz and David Slade, the director introduced himself to the Twi-hards with an online letter, reassuring them that he will do his best to make the Breaking Dawn ...

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