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A few readers have asked for a run-down of what is known about production on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, since over the past few months, a great many details about the book’s translation to film have been revealed here and there. So, if you’ve missed out on a few headlines or tidbits over the past few months, fear not! Here’s a handy-dandy run-down of almost everything you need to know aboutBreaking Dawn so far.

First thing’s first, Breaking Dawn is being made – currently –as two films, Part 1 and Part 2.

The director for both is Bill Condon, who is known for his work on DreamgirlsGods And Monsters, and Kinsey. Producers on the projects are Stephenie MeyerWyck Godfrey, and Karen Rosenfelt.

The split point for these two has been revealed by Wyck Godfrey as the moment when Bella begins her new life as a vampire, though the exact way that this will occur is something which can only be known once seen on-screen.

The U.S. release dates for the two films are as follows: Part 1on November 18th, 2011, Part 2 on November 18th, 2012.

The filming locations used for Breaking Dawn include Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Lapa, and Paraty), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The castmembers added for Breaking Dawn’s new character roles are as follows:

  • RenesmeeMackenzie Foy
  • The Denali Coven: Maggie Grace (“Irina”), Casey Labow (“Kate”), Myanna Buring (“Tanya”), Christian Camargo (“Eleazar”), Mia Maestro (“Carmen”), andAndrea Powell (“Sasha”)
  • The Amazon Coven: Judi Shekoni (“Zafrina”), Tracey Heggins (“Senna”), and J.D. Pardo (“Nahuel”)
  • The Egyptian Coven: Rami Malek (“Benjamin”), Andrea Gabriel (“Kebi”), Omar Metwally (“Amun”), and Angela Sarafyan (“Tia”)
  • The Irish Coven: Marlane Barnes (“Maggie”), Patrick Brennan (“Liam”), and Lisa Howard (“Siobhan”)
  • The Romanian Coven: Guri Weinberg (“Stefan”) and Noel Fisher (“Vladimir”)
  • The American Nomads: Erik Odom (“Peter”), Valorie Curry (“Charlotte”), Billy Tangradi (“Randall”), Lee Pace (“Garrett”), and Toni Trucks (“Mary”)
  • The European Nomad: Joe Anderson (“Alistair”)

There are also a few supporting role actors who’ve been cast, including Ty Olssen who’ll portray Bella’s stepfather, “Phil Dwyer,” and you can find a list of those here.

More than one Renesmee actress is being used for the film as well, to assist with CGI techniques which the special and visual effects team will employ to show the character aging through time.

Several pictures from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawnhave slowly been unveiled, mostly as a gift to fans during significant holidays, including:

The composer for Breaking Dawn’s score is the one and onlyCarter Burwell, who did the score for Twilight. Similarly,Robert Pattinson is expected to play Bella’s Lullaby in the film(s), as he did in Twilight.

There have been two auctions associated with Breaking Dawn set visits, which brought in over $140,000 for charity.

The use of Baton Rouge as a filming location for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn also helped to bring in millions of dollars to the local economy as well as stir up buzz for the area as a potential filming location for future movies.  Also, filming in Brazil brought several millions of dollars to the local economy there as well.

At this time, filming is near to complete for both parts ofBreaking Dawn (roughly one month left in the British Columbia area).

There have been a few complications and weather-related setbacks along the way, but production has continued on course as expected since November. The date of release for the first Breaking Dawn – Part 1 trailer or clip has not yet been revealed, but a few costumes from the film – namely, those belonging to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner - were unveiled at the Official Twilight Convention this year.

So, there you have it! If you’ve read this whole thing, consider yourself well-versed on the status of Breaking Dawn’s filming need-to-knows!

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