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The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesSUMMIT ENTERTAINMENTPresentsTHE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOONStarringKristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, BillyBurke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen and DakotaFanningBased on the Novel “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer / Screenplay by Melissa RosenbergDirected by Chris WeitzIn the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenally successful TWILIGHT series, theromance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as BELLA SWAN (Kristen Stewart)delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of—only tofind herself in greater peril than ever before.Following Bella’s ill-fated 18th birthday party, EDWARD CULLEN (Robert Pattinson) and hisfamily abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangersinherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of highschool, numb and alone, she discovers Edward’s image comes to her whenever she puts herselfin jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.With the help of her childhood friend JACOB BLACK (Taylor Lautner), Bella refurbishes an oldmotorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bella’s frozen heart is gradually thawed by herbudding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has asupernatural secret of his own.When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the interventionof a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes itfrighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns thesecret of the Quileutes and Edward’s true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospectof a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she’d hoped for.With more of the passion, action and suspense that made TWILIGHT a worldwide phenomenon,THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON is a spellbinding follow-up to the box office hit.U.S. release via Summit Entertainment, November 20, 2009.1


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesSynopsisIn The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second chapter in Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenally successfulseries, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart)tests fate for a glimpse of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). As she plumbs deep intothe mysteries of the supernatural world that she yearns to become part of, she discovers a pair ofancient secrets that put her at more peril than ever before.Just after Bella’s 18th birthday, Edward decides to leave her behind in an effort to protect her. As theheartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year, numb and alone, she discovers she can summonEdward’s image whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads herto take greater and greater risks, including a new taste for high-speed motorcycle jaunts.With the help of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), her childhood friend and a member of the mysteriousQuileute tribe, Bella refurbishes a motorbike for her adventures. Bella’s frozen heart is gradually thawedby her budding relationship with Jacob, who has a supernatural secret of his own.When Bella wanders alone into a meadow, she finds herself face to face with a deadly attacker. Only theintervention of a pack of extraordinarily large wolves saves her from a grisly fate and the encountermakes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns theancient secret of the Quileute tribe and Edward’s true motivation for leaving her. She also faces theprospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is quite unlike the one she had hoped for.With more of the passion, action and suspense that made Twilight a smash hit, The Twilight Saga: NewMoon is a spellbinding follow-up to the international box office phenomenon.Based on Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times best-selling series (more than 52 weeks and counting),with over 5.5 million books in print, Twilight is a cultural phenomenon with a dedicated fan base thateagerly awaits the movie. There are more than 100 fan sites devoted to Twilight, and it has beenselected as the New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Amazon’sBest Book of the Decade so far, Teen People’s Hot List Pick, The American Library Association’s Top TenBest Book for Young Adults and Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers, and has been translated into morethan 20 languages.2


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesThe ProductionTwilight, the first film based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling Twilight book series, was released inNovember 2008 to an eagerly awaiting audience. It was an instant success, no small feat for a projectthat was being carefully scrutinized by the novels’ millions of dedicated fans who were anxious to seehow their heroes and heroines were depicted. The film adaptation of the unlikely romance between asensitive high school girl and a more than a century-old vampire brought in over $70 million on itsopening weekend, eventually grossing more than $350 million worldwide. The success paved the wayfor the movie version of the next installment in the bestselling series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon.Wyck Godfrey, producer for both films, was adamant that The Twilight Saga: New Moon be not merelyanother sequel. Like the book that inspired it, the film takes Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s fledgingrelationship to a more intense and dangerous level, and reveals a conflict that will haunt Bella as thestory continues: the age-old rivalry between the Quileute tribe and the vampires, played out betweenBella’s best friend, Jacob Black, and her love, Edward.“The challenge was to not simply repeat what the first movie delivered,” says Godfrey. “As the storyprogresses, the world opens up. We have to evolve the characters and deliver the new world visually.We're digging deeper into Bella’s life as her world expands. She’s discovering new things about thepeople of Forks, primarily the Quileutes and Jacob. The discovery that Jacob and his buddies turn intowolves is a big one.“Bella realizes she is living in what seems to be a fantasy world where vampires and werewolves arereal,” he says. “Just when she has made a friend who makes her feel alive again after Edward hasdisappeared, she finds out he’s different too. And since the only reason these werewolves exist isbecause of the existence of vampires, Jacob wouldn’t exist as a werewolf if not for Edward. That’s theprimary conflict between Jacob and Edward, and Bella is caught in between as a human.”Director Chris Weitz’s success at adapting books for the screen, including About a Boy and The GoldenCompass, made him an obvious choice for this project, says Godfrey. “Chris has a history of helmingfantasy films with complex effects as well as intimate character studies, and he works well with youngactors. But it is his appreciation of Stephenie Meyer’s books and characters that made him the perfectdirector for The Twilight Saga: New Moon.“It was vital for us to really honor Stephenie’s creation and the fans that love the Twilight series,”Godfrey adds. “What we didn’t want to do was take her books and try to reinvent them. Chris fell in lovewith the books and he knew how to bring the story to life and keep it rooted in reality. That wasessential. Even though these are fantasy creatures, the story feels like our world all the time.”Although Weitz was initially unfamiliar with the novels, he quickly became a fan. “I read the books,” thedirector says. “Then I went to see the first film with an audience, and I was so jazzed by theextraordinarily deep emotional reaction I saw. When I watch a film, I look for an overwhelming sense ofbeing immersed in a universe, and this was a chance to do that. It’s a bit different from what I’ve donebefore, but it also draws on some of my experience.”Weitz realized his foremost responsibility was to be faithful to the books. “I worked very, very hard atmaking sure things were just right in that sense,” he says. “The first film was such a phenomenon. Thebooks were such a phenomenon. My first job was to respect the love that the fans of the books have forthe book, and the love they transferred to the movie. There was no need to completely remake the3


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesworld. We go different places this time, but we still retain respect for the fans.”The director consulted the author regularly, even on minor issues, according to Meyer. “He wasinterested in the smallest things, like can this person wear shoes?” she says. “He checked on all thedetails. He wanted to make it like the book, and he was very, very cool about that.”Having the author available was invaluable to Weitz. “With Lord of the Rings, no one could ask Tolkienwhat he originally had in mind,” says the director. “I could email Stephenie and ask practical questionslike, ‘Do Jasper’s powers actually work on Bella?’ as well as larger metaphysical questions. It allowed meto make sure that at all points that we were keeping consistent with the books.”Meyer appreciates Weitz’s diligence, saying, “He really listens. He’s very quiet and at the same time it’svery clear what he’s looking for. I felt my material was in good hands with him.”For Meyer, writing New Moon was a completely different experience from writing the earlier book. “Itwas probably the most difficult book I’ve ever written because for the first time, I knew for sure peoplewere going to be reading what I wrote. When I wrote Twilight, it was just for me. All of a sudden, I feltlike people were looking over my shoulders. I had a lot of stage fright.“New Moon was such a different book and it wasn’t what the fans were expecting necessarily,” she goeson. “The first book was about true love. The natural consequence of that, especially when you’re thatyoung, is that you’re going to have your heart broken, and the more you love someone, the harderthat’s going to be.“Edward thinks he’s protecting Bella by ending the relationship,” explains Meyer. “He doesn’t expect thetorment and the angst of being broken apart, which is a universal experience common to any male orfemale member of the audience. By the end, both of them have learned a lot about exactly howimportant they are to each other. Bella grows up quite a bit, and Edward has to realize that he doesn’tknow everything.”Also central to the story is the friendship that develops between Bella and Jacob Black, a werewolf andnatural enemy of the vampires. “The stakes are higher,” says Weitz. “Now it’s not just Bella’s existencethat’s in danger, but Edward’s existence as well. In terms of the story’s world, we get a look at new areasand corners of the mythology, and as the mythology expands, so does the movie.“Sure, we’re telling a story about vampires and werewolves and the supernatural,” the directorcontinues. “But beyond that it deals with these very basic human feelings of love, longing, need, loss,attachment and friendship. It deals with the danger that you put your heart into when you fall in love.As Bella says in Twilight, she’s not afraid of Edward because he’s a vampire, she’s afraid because she’s soin love with him. And there’s a kind of love triangle that develops in this movie, which is really veryrelatable and appealing.”Meyer says she is even more excited about this next step in the saga than she was for the first. “Twilightset up this great place for us, almost like a diving board,” she says. “Now we’re jumping off and going toa whole new level. The cast members know each other, they know their characters and they’re excitedto be back. The book was more emotional in some ways, and it’s a lot deeper. And then we have all thenew characters. It’s going to be so much fun. I’m really looking forward to watching the wolf packinteract, and of course the Volturi’s going to be really cool.”4


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesBut ultimately, the fans are still what drives her, says the author. “These are fictional people that Idreamed up,” she marvels. “And the fans really care what happens to them. What will happen next?What do they do on an average Friday night? And where would Bella go to get her nails done? It’s everylittle detail. To have people so invested in your characters is an enormous compliment.”ABOUT THE CASTINGTwilight made international superstars out of its young leads: Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan, theinnocent mortal at the tale’s heart, and Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward, Twilight’s seductive andconflicted vampire heartthrob. Now, The Twilight Saga: New Moon positions Taylor Lautner to join themas he reprises his role as Jacob Black, who has literally become an unstoppable force of nature.Director Chris Weitz came to the project in the unusual situation of knowing who his leading actorswould be. “I usually get quite aggressive about casting,” he says. “In this case, I had the good fortune ofinheriting this great group of actors that Catherine Hardwicke cast in the first place. The chance to workwith them was one of the most exciting parts of the experience.”But not all of the cast members were in place when Weitz sat down in the director’s chair. “There are afew new characters who are on screen for a relatively short time but have incredible impact and punch,and lead into the mythology of the rest of the series,” says Weitz. “I always try to get just the rightpeople no matter what size the role is.”At the beginning of filming, Weitz did something he’d never done before: He distributed a 20-pagepamphlet outlining his ideas for the film and the characters. “I called it an orientation guide,” heexplains. “The information I gave them was meant to acquaint them with the settings and the style ofthe movie, so that they knew as much as possible beforehand. That gave us the freedom to improvise onthe day. I never want to lock young actors and creative people into decisions that I’ve made, but I like togive them as much to go on as possible.”Bella, Edward and Jacob: An Eternal TriangleThe film’s opening moments are spent with Bella, who is becoming more aware of her age andmortality. “It’s weighing on her very heavily,” says Kristen Stewart. “Her biggest nightmare is thatEdward will leave her. And he does. Anybody who’s ever been broken up with or had their heartstepped on knows that you question everything. It’s like, I was so sure of this, and now is anything that Ithought about real? Because nothing could be more real than that, and I was wrong.”Stewart wants to be clear: Bella is not the damsel in distress. “She’s very much in control of her ownsituation. She gave herself to someone, and in return expected the same from him.”Bella has developed two strong, but different relationships with the men in her life. “Edward issomething she needs,” says the actress. “He balances her, but that doesn’t mean that he’s the bestperson for her. He’s difficult, he’s cold, he reserved. But without his restraint, they could never be5


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notestogether.“Jacob is the polar opposite,” Stewart continues. “He’s light. He’s fun and warm, and brings the bestthings out of her. Basically he’s her best friend, and if you could date your best friend it would be abeautiful thing, but you’re not always in love with them.”Weitz’s level of preparation won big points with Stewart. “Chris has very organized thoughts and he’sreally collaborative,” she says. “It was good to know he was as committed to the project as we are, notjust jumping on the next big thing.”Robert Pattinson was also impressed by the director’s grasp of the world of Twilight. “Twilight had ahappy ending,” the actor says. “Bella and Edward were together and they’d vanquished their enemies.In The Twilight Saga: New Moon, reality sets in. They are dealing with the progression of theirrelationship and commitment to each other, as well as the very real threats coming out of it. WhenEdward leaves Bella, he basically takes her life from her, and he kills himself by being away from her,because they’ve become so dependent on each other.“Because Kristen and I have played the parts before, we have a very specific idea of how we think thecharacters develop throughout the whole series,” Pattinson continues. “Chris was very understanding ofthat. But he also came prepared with a lot of great ideas and he had a lot of research to back them up.”Pattinson refers to his character as a “reluctant vampire,” in contrast to the Volturi. “They seethemselves as monsters, but they’re comfortable with that,” he says. “But when they see a human whosays she loves Edward, they want to believe that can happen, and that’s essentially what saves him.”The Twilight Saga: New Moon signals the rise of Jacob Black, a character that plays a more peripheralrole in the first film. Jacob is a member of the Quileute tribe, the traditional people of Forks,Washington. A childhood friend of Bella’s, Jacob was not initially meant to be as integral to the story ashe became, according to Meyer. “Jacob came out of nowhere. He wasn’t supposed to exist in the waythat he does, but his personality was so there and so strong. I could see how he would shape the eventsof the book.”During The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Jacob learns he has been chosen to become a protector of hispeople—a werewolf who defends them against the predations of the vampires. “Jacob’s been goingthrough a transformation,” Lautner says. “You’ll see a different physicality in Jacob’s character. And ashe becomes different physically, he changes emotionally.“I enjoyed doing the majority of my own stunts and those are some of my favorite moments in the film,”says the actor, who was 17 during principal photography. “For instance, in one scene, Jacob rips out ofthe house, jumps over a fence, hops across a creek and sprints through a field. I was on wires and gotlifted ten feet above the ground until coming to a jolting stop where I had to freeze so the visual effectspeople could later take my body and convert it into a wolf.”Lautner, who played sports all through school and competed in “extreme martial arts,” says hisathleticism not only allowed him to accomplish his stunts, it also informed the mannerisms andprogression of the character. “Pre-transformation, he’s very clumsy, like that enthusiastic teenage boywho jogs around, tripping over his own feet,” the actor says. “But when he goes through his wolfevolution, he becomes very agile,”6


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesJacob’s relationship with Bella is changing also. “The opportunity that Jacob has to develop hisrelationship with Bella is the most exciting change for me,” says Lautner. “Jacob becomes the sunshinethat wakes Bella up and brings her back to life. And then when Edward comes back, Jacob loses all that.”The Internet has spawned a robust Team Jacob versus Team Edward debate. “Taylor does a lot for TeamJacob,” says Meyer. “The whole Team Jacob/Team Edward thing is based on the type of boy that anindividual is interested in. If I were for a team, I’d say I’d probably be Team Jacob. That’s more my style.If you believe that you can develop a deep friendship and then all of a sudden fall in love later on, thenyou should be Team Jacob. But if you believe in love at first sight and seeing that mysterious man in thecorner, then all right, join Team Edward.”Being back together with their fellow castmates has been both nostalgic and inspiring for the actors.“We’ve all changed a lot,” says Stewart. “It’s been a whole year, but we’ve just picked up where we leftoff. It feels very natural.”But, says Lautner, the success of Twilight added a new dimension to the cast reunion.“When we were filming Twilight, none of us had any idea how big it was going to be,” he says. “It’s reallyexciting to be back with the team.”Vampires and VolturiIn a brief but pivotal appearance, the vampiric Cullen family hosts a birthday party for Bella where apaper cut sets off a dangerous chain reaction, prompting Edward to end the romance. Ashley Greene,Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone all return as the Cullenfamily.“We’ve turned into a real family,” says Reed. “We are all so passionate about this and my castmates aresuch smart, interesting people. It’s great to work with them again and we are so fortunate that we get tocarry these characters through multiple films. We are all such fans of the books, it’s been extremelygratifying to bring something to life that we love so much.”Alice Cullen, played by Greene, comes into her own in this chapter of the story. Her visions of the futurelead directly to Bella’s desperate attempts to rescue Edward from his misguided attempt to kill himself.“Bella is essentially Alice’s best friend,” says Greene. “She wants what is best for Bella. To Alice, themost logical thing is for Bella to become a vampire and stay with the Cullens. She’s respectful ofEdward’s desire to let Bella remain a human for as long as possible, but Alice has seen a different kind offuture.”Two elements of Alice particularly delighted Greene—her penchants for beautiful clothes and fast cars.“I got to wear the best costumes,” she says. “Tish Monaghan, the costume designer, found these greatjackets—a white silk trench coat, a striped Michael Kors jacket—and paired them with black tights andflat ballet shoes and long red gloves. They were great and so Alice-quirky. I also got to drive this amazingyellow Porsche through these windy streets in Italy. I only had one driving lesson the day before we7


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Noteswere supposed to film it. I have to say, I almost nicked a couple buildings!”The Twilight Saga: New Moon marks the first appearance of the Volturi, the closest the vampire worldhas to royalty and a major force in the future of the saga. Centuries old and unimaginably powerful, theyserve as lawmakers and enforcers for the community. The leader of the group is Aro, played by MichaelSheen. Sheen is no stranger to this world, having played a werewolf enslaved by the vampires in theUnderworld series. But Sheen says there was another on the set who embodied both vampire andwerewolf.“Chris Weitz looks like a cross between a vampire and a werewolf to me,” says the actor. ‘He’s got thechiseled look of a vampire, and yet he is buff like a werewolf, so he was like a great mythologicalcreature going around the set. “Sheen developed a distinct vocalization for Aro, higher pitched and more precise than his normalspeaking voice. Weitz notes that his intonation perhaps arose from their early talks about the character.“Essentially, the character is 2,000 years old,” says Weitz. “English is not his first language, so he mightspeak it in a calculated way. He is incredibly gracious and endearing, but also extraordinarily dangerous.”In fact, Sheen says, he unconsciously channeled the scary, psychedelic, music-hating, color-sapping BlueMeanies of Yellow Submarine fame when voicing Aro. “There was a moment where I suddenly thought,‘Oh, I sound a little bit like the Blue Meanies,’” he says. “I found them really disturbing when I was a kid,so I thought that was a good thing.”While all the Volturi are formidable, perhaps the most fearsome is Jane, a sweet-faced, innocent-lookingvampire who can—and does—inflict pain merely by willing it. She is played by Dakota Fanning.“I’ve never really gotten to play a bad guy before, but in this one, I play a bad girl —or vampire—and itwas really fun,” Fanning says. “Plus, I was a really big fan of the books, I read all four of them in about aweek, so it was thrilling to be asked to be a part of the film.”Part of that fun came from the physical transformation. “I got to wear red contact lenses, which werecool and changed the whole look of everything, literally,” she says. “And the white make-up—I thought Iwas pale before, but now I realize, by comparison to a vampire, I’m actually quite tan.”Kristen Stewart, who had met Fanning before her involvement with the film, says, “Dakota is straight-upscary and mean as Jane. She’s one of the most impressive people and actors I’ve ever met. She’s reallygot a presence that you just don’t mess with. And you wouldn’t expect that, because she’s a little girl.She’s one of the best young actresses around, and I’m excited that I got to work with her.”The Wolf PackThe Cullens are a family; the Volturi are a completely different kind of family—and then there are thewerewolves, who Chris Weitz describes as more of a fraternity. “Not in the sense of like Alpha OmegaChi,” says the director. “They are a band of brothers whose job it is to protect their land and their tribeand even the people around them who don’t necessarily understand what they’re doing.”8


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesIn the story, the Quileute wolf pack evolved as protection against the vampires. The werewolf trait isdormant until tribal land is threatened, and then those chosen by fate for this role have no choice andlittle control over the transformation. The real-life Quileute have no tradition of lycanthropy, butaccording to legend, the tribe is descended from wolves that were changed into men. Even the tribalname “Quileute” comes from their word for wolf, “Kwoli.”Chaske Spencer plays Sam Uley, the serene, self-assured leader of the pack. He took the lead on the setas well, earning the nickname “Alpha” from his fellow actors. “As Sam, I felt like I had to take care of myboys,” Spencer explains. “It was easy—we liked hanging out with each other on and off screen, and wereally got into the characters. It was a real brotherhood.”Sam was the first young man of his generation to experience the transformation and he has had to guidethe ones who followed. “His priority is to protect his people,” says Spencer. “That’s his job. It’s not a jobI think he really wanted, but it’s what he’s been chosen for.”All the actors playing wolf pack members are of Native American descent. Spencer is Lakota (Sioux);Bronson Pelletier, who plays Jared, is Cree-Metis; Kiowa Gordon, who plays Embry Call, is Hualapai;Tyson Houseman, who plays Quill Ateara, is Cree; and Alex Meraz, who plays Paul, is Purepecha(Tarasco).Meraz’s heritage played a key role in his characterization of Paul. “In the wolf pack, you see a little bit ofwhat it’s like to be native people on a reservation, especially the sense that the indigenous communityregards itself as a family, the way the wolf pack does,” says Meraz.“My tribe is from Mexico, and my grandfather was a shaman there,” he goes on. “Our people werefishermen, like the Quileutes. In preparation for my audition, I prayed and asked for permission toportray this tribe. You have to pay respect to the people from the past, the present and the future.”To get into fighting trim, the actors went through “wolf camp” and trained hard throughout filming.“They brought a lot of energy to the set,” says Kristen Stewart. “They were always working out andpracticing wolf cries. It brought a new energy to the movie. They’re warm and fun and frisky. They’realso full of life in a way the vampires aren’t.”MAKING NEW MOON SHINEThe Twilight Saga: New Moon began shooting in March 2009 in Vancouver and ended in Montepulciano,an ancient walled city in Italy. The two cities provided a strong contrast—the dark nights andmysterious, deep green forests of British Columbia, and the organic, burnished tones of Tuscany informthe film’s look equally.“The light in the Pacific Northwest provides a great deal of diffusion and coolness,” Chris Weitz says.“Within that, there are plenty of beautiful colors, and our intention was to use the lion’s share of them.Shadows are also important —the forest at night, the blackness of depression.“The light is much different in Tuscany,” Weitz notes. “It has much warmer tones and is literally muchsunnier, with pops of color from the costumes. The architecture is different as well. Montepulciano is9


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesknown for its Renaissance architecture, with remnants of medieval architecture as well.”Production designer David Brisbin worked closely with Weitz to establish the film’s signature palette.“Chris came to the table with some very specific conceptions about what he wanted the palette to belike,” says Brisbin. “It revolved around pre-Raphaelite paintings, which emphasize saturated colors innatural settings.”“I love classic, wide-screen epics like Dr. Zhivago and Barry Lyndon,” says Weitz. “I was also thinkingabout what sorts of paintings made sense for this world. For me, it was narrative painting and pre-Raphaelite works. They share a very strong emphasis on story, on sentiment, on love and loss,heartbreak and longing. These are the paintings that accompanied Tennyson and that whole era ofsentimentality. They also revived a jewel-toned palette and treatment of color that made sense to me,that was going to be different from the first movie but would be faithful to the spirit of the secondbook,” Weitz says.Brisbin’s eclectic résumé proves him to be something of a Renaissance man himself, uniquely qualifiedfor his task. As a young man, Brisbin received a Henry Luce Scholars Grant to study in Asia and worked asa TV reporter, covering the fall of the Marcos regime in the Philippines. Initially trained as an architect,he interned under renowned American architect Robert Venturi, who famously turned Mies van derRohe’s maxim on its head by stating, “Less is bore.”“At its heart, this film is about romance,” says Brisbin. “Yes, it’s a vampire movie, but it’s really a lovestory. The whole idea of production design for me is absolutely rooted in storytelling. What I care aboutis that the drama the actors and the director are trying to assemble in front of the lens is cradled in anenvironment that’s perfect for the story being told.”In Meyer’s book, the Volturi reside in the ancient Italian city of Volterra, a real location in Tuscany. “Thechoice of Montepulciano as our Volterra was a big discussion,” Brisbin says. “Chris wanted architecturalantiquity to guide us in making the world of Volterra. Montepulciano is in fact a medieval city, and thepiazza and the city hall there gave him an access that would allow him to do a symmetrical shot. Andthat quite specifically was the reason we ended up in Montepulciano.”Meyer’s descriptions of Volterra and the Volturi stronghold provided a solid blueprint for Brisbin to workwith. “If there’s such a thing as fiction writing for production design, Stephenie Meyer’s Volterra is avery successful example of it,” he notes. “She imagined a world in which the architecture contributes tothe story.“The Volturi hold court in a circular hall almost like a vortex. It has a drain in the middle, which is wherethe blood goes if the most dangerous thing happens,” he says. “She envisioned an endless corridor,which we were able to create without too much effort using CG technology. These are spaces that aredesigned to reflect one’s position in the world, and one’s experience as one moves through the world.”The production designer borrowed liberally from well-known examples of Tuscan architecture. “Wehaven’t matched any particular piece of architecture exactly, but we use a motif of the green stripesthat are drawn from the green and white marble used in various Tuscan cathedrals and churches. Thereis an exuberance in medieval and Renaissance architecture in Tuscany that is followed up with a kind ofexcessive nouveau riche architecture in subsequent years, and that provided us with very, very richinspiration.”10


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesCostume designer Tish Monaghan was tasked with complementing the sets with a refined and elaboratewardrobe for the Volturi, whose look literally spanned centuries. “The key point that Chris wanted toimpart was that the Volturi were very elegant,” says Monaghan. “We looked to the 1700s and chose asilhouette that developed roughly around 1790—a long, lean look.“We wanted to operate within the specific color palette David and Chris developed, but it changedbetween the 18th century and the 21st century. The characters meet in the 21st century, but we alsosee them in flashback in the 18th century. In the 21st century we tried to make them as dark as possible,with the character Aro being the darkest of all, because he has the most power. And in the 1790s, I didthe reverse, and I tried to make Aro as light as possible, because then we could see him at the top pointof that triangular color palette where he would naturally take focus, while the others would resemblehis courtiers.”While the exotic cult of the Volturi is recreated through an Old World, handcrafted process, theirnemeses, the werewolves of the ancient Quileute tribe, are represented on screen through cutting-edge21st century technology. “One of the most important additions to the world of New Moon is the CGcharacters,” says producer Wyck Godfrey. CG was the only way we could accomplish the horse-sizedwolves Stephenie described in her books.”Weitz brought in effects supervisor Susan MacLeod, with whom he had worked on The Golden Compass.“We got along really well,” she says. “When he asked me if I was interested in this project, I was onboard from the word go. The wolves are probably the sexiest things in the script.”Tippett Studio, founded by visual effects pioneer Phil Tippett, created the wolves for The Twilight Saga:New Moon. “We were excited to be able to establish what they will look like for the whole saga,” saysMacLeod. “We tried to stay very true to the descriptions in the book. Even though they’re discussed aswerewolves, they’re not the stereotypical bipedal creatures that start bursting hair out of theirfingertips and faces. They’re very elegantly transitioned from human beings to wolves with four legs.“Everyone who read the book and fell in love with Team Jacob is dying to see how we’ve done it,”MacLeod continues. “It’s not animation—they look like real wolves. We started by CG-scanning theactors into the computer prior to principal photography so we could transform them into wolves in midshot.”The scanning process proved surprisingly simple—for the actors, at least. “I was expecting to be in agreen suit, with little pins everywhere,” says Alex Meraz, who plays the character of Paul. “They just hadme stand on an apple box, and this big machine just came up, over and down. And that was it.“I could watch on the monitor and my body was right there on screen, a perfect scan of it. I was blownaway how quick it was. The best way to describe the transformation is like popcorn. The image just popsand there’s the wolf.”But that was just the beginning for the effects team. “We built the wolves from the inside out in thecomputer,” explains MacLeod. “So we started with a skeletal system with moving joints that can beanimated. And on top of that, we laid muscles that can flex. And then a layer of skin and fur. We wantedthem to look and act like real wolves without any sort of anthropomorphic quality.“The guys at Tippett Studio actually went to a wolf preserve,” she says. “They shot lots of video of them,11


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesas well as referencing everything they found on the Internet. Wolves are fascinating animals, so it’squite easy to watch hours of footage of them.”To give the actors a point of reference during shooting, the filmmaker used wolf stand-ins that come inall different shapes and sizes. “Some of them were stuffed, three dimensional figures,” says MacLeod.“Others were full-size cut-outs that were more durable and could be posed to line up the shotsaccurately. Then we could shoot a template for the animators to use for positioning the wolves. We alsoused fur pelts, because we wanted to light the CG wolves so that they fit into the plate seamlessly.”Twilight was shot primarily on location in Portland, Oregon, but for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, thefilmmakers moved further north to Vancouver, British Columbia. “I think it was important for the studioand important for the fans that this stage of Bella’s life have a good correspondence to the first stage ofBella’s life as they know it,” says production designerBrisbin. “For Bella’s house, that meant we had to build the interior and the exterior to match the firstpart of the movie. We looked obsessively at the original location and studied the footage from the firstfilm very, very carefully.”In some cases, however, the design team decided to change certain architectural elements for specificstory reasons. “In the first house,” he says, “if you look very, very carefully, there’s a flicker of a momentwhen you can see actually the side of the house, and there’s no bay window there. But there’s thisenormous sequence where Jacob leaps “parcours”-style into her window, and it’s one of the mostimportant scenes between them. For that, it was worth it to deviate from the old diagram to supportthe storytelling.”The Cullen house provided a different challenge. “In the first film you actually do see the exterior of theCullens’ home clearly,” says Brisbin. “You see the front stairwell. You see connecting rooms. You seeEdward’s room, and you also see the kitchen. Most of our work was in other parts of the house, creatingadditional rooms that fit into what we already knew like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.”The production designer’s final assignment was to realize the two homes around which the wolf pack’slives revolve. “Jacob’s house and Emily’s house did not exist in Twilight,” he continues. “We looked verycarefully at the book and debated intensely what we could deviate from. Jacob’s house is described as ared house. We found this fantastic location that was connected to the forest in a way that implied wolflife behind the trees. Everything seemed perfect.”Except for one thing. The house was green.“It was important to us to keep the red of Jacob’s house,” according to Brisbin. “We knew it as a redplace from the book, and we wanted that. So we ended up painting the whole place red to match thebook.”The house in which Emily, Sam Uley’s girlfriend, lives was designed to reflect Weitz’s interpretation ofher character, says Brisbin. “He felt that Emily represented solace in the world of the wolf pack. They’redynamic, they’re crazy, they run around, and change back and forth. But there is this anchoring placethat is centered and thoughtful. We were looking for a secret forest place that carried this sort of wispyfeminine lightness.“The fellow who owned the house we used built it when he was 17, and I think some of its sort of sylvan12


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesmajesty comes from the fact that it really is a place that a 17-year-old kid built as his ideal cabin,” Brisbincontinues. “I believe fairly soon after he built it, he married the woman he still is married to today. Itwas their house for a very long time. They eventually outgrew the house, but it was traumaticallydifficult for either husband or wife to agree to leave this place, because it is just so magical.”That attention to detail and faithfulness to the letter and spirit of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight seriesinformed the entire production process, says Weitz. “If you loved the characters and the romance ofTwilight, if you love the supernatural, The Twilight Saga: New Moon has that and it has more. It expandsthat world to include the larger mythology that will eventually provide the bridge between Twilight andthe third chapter, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”13


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesThe CastKRISTEN STEWART (Bella Swan) was introduced to worldwide audiences with her outstandingperformance alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room. She recently starred in Adventureland, oppositeJesse Eisenberg, for director Greg Mottola, and The Cake Eaters, for director Mary Stuart Masterson.Stewart’s upcoming features include the independent films Welcome to the Rileys, starring oppositeJames Gandolfini, and The Runaways, the rock ’n’ roll biopic about the 1970s all-girl band, in which shestars as Joan Jett.Additional film credits include Into the Wild, for director Sean Penn; the independent film The YellowHandkerchief, alongside William Hurt and Maria Bello; Jumper; What Just Happened; In the Land ofWomen; The Messengers; Zathura; Speak; Fierce People; Catch That Kid; Undertow; Cold Creek Manor;and The Safety of Objects.ROBERT PATTINSON (Edward Cullen) gained industry notice at 19 years of age when he joined the HarryPotter franchise in Mike Newell’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts’official representative in the Triwizard Tournament. Pattinson went on to appear in Harry Potter and theOrder of the Phoenix, returning in a flashback.Pattinson began his professional career with a role in Uli Edel’s Sword of Xanten, opposite Sam West andBenno Furmann. He also appeared in director Oliver Irving’s How to Be, winner of the Slamdance FilmFestival’s Special Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature. Pattinson played the lead role of SalvadorDali in Little Ashes, directed by Paul Morrison. Upcoming for Pattinson is the dramatic featureRemember Me, starring opposite Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper for director AllenCoulter.Pattinson’s television credits include “The Haunted Airman” for the BBC. As a member of the BarnesTheatre Group, he played the lead role in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Other stage credits includeCole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” “Tess of the D’Urbevilles” and “Macbeth” at the OSO Arts Centre.TAYLOR LAUTNER (Jacob) got his big break in 2005 when, at the age of 13, he won the role of Shark Boyin Robert Rodriguez’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. Within months, he had successfullyauditioned to play Eliot, the son of Steve Martin’s rival Jimmy Murtaugh, in the family hit Cheaper by theDozen 2.Lautner was born in 1992 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began studying karate at the age of six and waswinning tournaments by age seven. He was soon invited to train with seven-time world karate championMike Chat and by age eight, Lautner was asked to represent his country at the World Karate Associationchampionships. He proved himself by becoming the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion,winning three gold medals.Lautner continued to flourish on the martial arts circuit. In 2003, at age 11, he was ranked No. 1 in theworld in several categories and over the next year tucked three Junior World Championships under hisblack belt.14


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesLautner was first bitten by the acting bug at age seven, when his martial arts instructor persuaded himto audition for a Burger King commercial in Los Angeles. When he was 10, his family made the difficultdecision to relocate to Los Angeles, where Lautner could audition on a full-time basis. After the move,Lautner landed roles on “My Wife and Kids,” “Summerland,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Nick andJessica Variety Hour.”Lautner has been very successful in the world of voiceover work. He has a recurring role as Youngbloodon the cartoon “Danny Phantom” and has voiced characters for two episodes of “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” and “Charlie Brown.”ASHLEY GREENE (Alice) stars in the film Twilight and its upcoming sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon,based on the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Stephenie Meyer. The Twilight series is a collectionof vampire novels that evolved into a cultural phenomenon and was magnified by the release of the firstmovie last November.The Twilight: Saga New Moon is being released on November 20th, 2009 by Summit Entertainment.Greene will reprise her role as Alice Cullen, this time as one of the film’s leads.Since Twilight, Greene went on to star in the title role of the suspense thriller Summer, about a youngwoman on a quest to find her real father only to find herself held hostage in the basement of aderanged family. This past summer Greene also had a cameo as Kevin Spacey’s secretary in his newfeature, Shrink.Greene has been in front of the camera in other movies such as Otis, Home of the Brave and The King ofCalifornia. She just completed Radio Free Albemuth, an alternate history of how the corrupt USPresident Ferris F. Fremont becomes chief executive in the sixties.Her credits also include guest starring roles in the television hits, “Shark” and “Crossing Jordan” andrecurring roles in “Desire” as Renata, and “MAD TV”.Greene is won the August 2009 Teen Choice “Fresh Faces” award, which honors the most popular risingyoung actress in Hollywood. She is the national spokesperson for DonateMyDress.org, which helpsconnect less fortunate teens with gently-used prom dresses.Greene is a fan of competitive sports. She participated in competitive cheerleading and dance. She was amember of Swim, Dive, and Volleyball teams growing up. She currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoysTae Kwon Do and Surfing.RACHELLE LEFEVRE (Victoria) was recently seen on the big screen in the international blockbuster hitTwilight, the feature based on the first book in the best selling series by Stephanie Meyer. In the filmLefevre is Victoria, the ruthless, flame-haired vampire hell bent on revenge against Kristen Stewart’sheroine, Bella. Lefevre will be reprising her role in the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon whereVictoria continues her quest for vengeance. Lefevre most recently completed Barney’s Version oppositePaul Giamatti. The film, adapted from the novel by acclaimed author Mordecai Richler, recounts the15


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesstory of Barney (Giamatti), and how he is forever altered by the three women he marries over thecourse of his life. Lefevre stars as Clara, the young, troubled feminist poet who becomes his first wife.The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Mini Driver, Scott Speedman and Rosumund Pike. Lefevre alsorecently wrapped a supporting turn opposite Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper in Casino Jack based on thetrue story of disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, largely considered the biggest scandal to hitWashington, D.C. since Watergate. Lefevre stars as Emily Miller, Tom Delay’s former press secretary,jilted fiancée of Abramoff’s partner Michael Scanlon and widely believed to be the original FBI source onthe scandal. The film also stars Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz.Lefevre moved to Los Angeles when she landed the female lead in the FOX comedy series “Life on aStick” in which she played Lily, a girl Lefevre describes as “a smart, free-spirited wild-card.” Lefevre hassince gone on to enjoy a successful television career. On a five-episode arc on CBS’ summer hit“Swingtown” Lefevre played Melinda, an ambitious stock exchange runner fighting for a place in themale dominated 70’s workplace who eventually lure’s lead character Jack (Jack Davenport) away fromhis wife (Molly Parker). She also recurred on the critically acclaimed series “Boston Legal” as Jerry’s loveinterest Dana Strickland, a role David E. Kelly wrote specifically for her. This summer Lefevre can be seenstarring in the CBC/BBC produced mini-series “The Summit,” a political thriller revolving around aterrorist threat at a G8 Summit. Lefevre stars as the Canadian Prime Minister’s (Bruce Greenwood)activist daughter, Leonie, who after an attack is exposed to the small pox virus and threatens the safetyof everyone at the Summit. She also starred on the small screen as Heather, the self-assured stripperwho wins Matt Davis’ heart on the second season of ABC’s “What About Brian.” Lefevre will next beseen in an arc on ABC’s new legal drama “The Deep End” as a paralegal torn between new associateDylan (Matt Long) and law firm partner Cliff (Billy Zane).On the big screen Lefevre has enjoyed playing a diverse range of characters. In The Pool Boys, a RiskyBusiness update from American Pie producer Warren Zide, she stars opposite Matthew Lillard and TomArnold as Laura, the straight talking escort who becomes a madam for the summer. In a very differentturn Lefevre starred opposite Stephen Dillane and Rosamund Pike in Fugitive Pieces, adapted from theinternationally best-selling novel by Anne Michaels, directed by Jeremy Podeswa (The Pacific) andproduced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises). In the film Lefevre plays Naomi, a young, spirited, Jewishwife whose marriage is severely impacted by wounds left after the Holocaust.Lefevre is a passionately involved with the literacy organization “School on Wheels” and is anAmbassador for the Cure with “The Susan G Komen Foundation.” She greatly enjoys rock climbing,horseback riding, and scuba diving. When not working she often fulfills her great passion for traveling.BILLY BURKE (Charlie) is a compelling and critically acclaimed young actor whose credits span bothtelevision and feature film.Most recently he starred in the box office hit film Twilight and he will star in the upcoming sequels NewMoon and Eclipse.Prior to Twilight, Billy re-teamed with director Greg Hoblit on Untraceable starring opposite Diane Lane.He also starred in The Feast of Love for director Robert Benton alongside Morgan Freeman and GregKinnear and with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling in Fracture which was the first film he did withdirector Greg Hoblit.16


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesBilly’s feature film credits include the independent films The Grift with John Savage and Forfeit withSherry Stringfield which premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival; the film Ladder 49 withJoaquin Phoenix and John Travolta; a starring role in Dill Scallion, which premiered at the Sundance FilmFestival and also starred Peter Berg, Henry Winkler and Lauren Graham; Along Came a Spider withMorgan Freeman and Without Limits for writer/director by Robert Towne.His television credits include a chilling six episode arc on the second season of Fox’s “24” as well as thecritically acclaimed ABC series “Wonderland”, which was written and directed by Peter Berg.PETER FACINELLI (Carlisle) has distinctive and impressive performances that have established him as oneof Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. Facinelli plays the coveted role of Carlisle Cullen, the patriarchof the Cullen clan in the blockbuster feature film, Twilight, for Summit Entertainment. This highly toutedproject was the first adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series about ayoung woman who falls madly in love with a vampire. Peter recently finished filming The Twilight Saga:New Moon, the next novel in the series, which will be released on November 20, 2009. He began filmingThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third novel in the series, in August.Peter also stars opposite multiple Emmy award winner Edie Falco in Showtime’s new hit series “NurseJackie”. Facinelli appears as Dr. Cooper, a handsome golden boy afflicted with a quirky variation ofTourette’s Syndrome. The half hour comedy series has been picked up for a second season.Peter was recently featured in a recurring role on “Damages”, the award winning legal thriller for FXstarring Glenn Close. He portrayed the pivotal role of Gregory Malina, who’s concealed testimony fromPatty Hewes’ (Glenn Close) case against Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) hinged on. Facinelli also starredopposite Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow in the dramedy, Finding Amanda, which premiered atThe Tribeca Film Festival.Facinelli’s versatility is undeniable and was displayed in his starring role in Fox’s sexy one-hour drama“Fastlane” created by McG, and also in his recurring role on the HBO series “Six Feet Under” as a popularand promising art student who became involved with Lauren Ambrose’s character. Alongside his costars,he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble in a Drama award in 2005.Peter’s talent was showcased in a number of feature films including Universal’s The Scorpion Kingstarring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Sony’s Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore anddirected by Penny Marshall. Peter received rave reviews for his performance opposite Kevin Spacey andDanny De Vito in Lions Gate’s The Big Kahuna, which debuted at the 1999 Toronto and Sundance FilmFestivals.Additional credits include a starring role in Walter Hills’ sci-fi thriller Supernova with James Spader andAngela Bassett. Facinelli also appeared in Can’t Hardly Wait alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, in Foxfireopposite Angelina Jolie and in Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 with Breckin Meyer.Facinelli was born and raised in New York, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He worked as anactor there until his role in the television film After Jimmy brought him to Los Angeles.17


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesELIZABETH REASER (Esme) has quickly emerged as one of the most promising actresses in Hollywoodthrough her natural talent, striking presence and undeniable energy. Reaser earned a 2007 IndependentSpirit Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the drama Sweet Land and received an Emmynomination for her guest spot as Ava on “Grey’s Anatomy”, as well as shared a SAG Award nominationwith the cast for Best Ensemble.She was most recently seen on television in the leading role of Bella Bloom in the critically acclaimedCBS 1-hour romantic drama series, “The Ex List”. In film, matriarch of the Cullen clan in the hit filmTwilight. Reaser will be seen next in Peter Callahan's Against the Current, opposite Joseph Fiennes andJustin Kirk.Sweet Land, directed by Ali Selim, tells the story of a woman named Inge (Reaser) who travels fromNorway to rural Minnesota in the 1920s to meet the man who is destined to be her husband. Varietycalled her performance “...a marvel of strength, humor and sensuality” and The Los Angeles Timesraved, “Few actresses own the camera with as much authority as Reaser does here.”Additional film credits include Maria Maggenti's Puccini for Beginners, which was selected incompetition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opened the 2006 Outfest Film Festival as well; EdBurns’ Purple Violets, opposite Debra Messing, Selma Blair, Burns and Donal Logue; The Family Stone;Marc Forster’s Stay; The Believer, opposite Ryan Gosling; Mind the Gap; Shut up and Sing; and 13Conversations about One Thing.Television credits include the drama series "Saved," alongside Tom Everett Scott, and appearances on“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Sopranos.”Reaser attended The Julliard School. She currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.NIKKI REED (Rosalie) won critical acclaim for her debut film Thirteen in which she not only starredopposite Holly Hunter, but also co-wrote the film at the early age of 14. Now at 21, Nikki has proven hertalent as a strong and diverse actress.Nikki can most recently be seen in Catherine Hardwicke’s much anticipated film, Twilight, based on thenovel by Stephanie Meyer. Starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Kellan Lutz, thisfantasy-romance film tells the story of a teenage girl who risks everything when she falls in love with avampire. The film was released in November 2008.Reed also recently completed production on Last Day of Summer, an independent comedy in which shestared and executive produced. The film centers around a fast food employee who has reached hisbreaking point but is changed upon a chance encounter with a beautiful customer. She also recentlycompleted shooting Chain Letter, directed by Deon Taylor. The film is being produced by TwistedPictures, the same production company that created the popular Saw Franchise, and will be released inlate 2009.On the small screen, Reed was seen in the hit Fox series “The O.C.” in the recurring role of Sadie18


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesCampbell in which she played Ryan’s (Ben McKenzie) love interest.In 2006, Nikki starred opposite Alec Baldwin in Mini’s First Time, a twisted tale in which she played“Mini” a rebellious teenager testing the boundaries of life. When she joins an escort agency where herstepfather is a client, things begin to spiral. The supporting cast includes Luke Wilson, Jeff Goldblum andCarrie Anne Moss.Prior to Mini’s First Time, Reed starred in Sony’s Lords of Dogtown opposite Emile Hirsch and HeathLedger. The film follows the surf and skate trends in Venice, California in the early 1970s. The film alsopaired Reed again with her Thirteen director Catherine Hardwick.Reed currently resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys writing and horseback riding.JACKSON RATHBONE (Jasper) was born in Singapore and then lived in Indonesia, London, Connecticut,California and Norway before he finally settled in Texas. Rathbone immediately joined the localcommunity theater and young actors program The Pickwick Players. Deciding to stick with what madehim the happiest—acting and music—he moved to Northwest Michigan to attend the prestigiousInterlochen Arts Academy as a high school theater major. During this period, he performed in theSouthwest Shakespeare Festival as Ferdinand in “The Tempest,” while making life long friends whoshare his interest in the arts.Upon graduation from Interlochen, Rathbone decided to give the L.A. film industry a try. He landed arecurring role on “Disney 411" relatively quickly, interviewing Disney Channel stars such as Hillary Duffand Raven-Symoné. In addition to several commercials, Rathbone booked roles in the Hallmark telefilm“Close to Home”, “The O.C.”, “The War at Home”, and “The Cleaner”. After several indie film roles,Rathbone went into a series regular role on “Beautiful People” for ABC Family.Though usually cast as a leading man, Rathbone enjoys the challenge of character parts, such as his rolesin the features Big Stan and Senior Skip Day. He recently started his own production company, PatchmoEntertainment in hopes of ultimately directing as well as acting.A music lover, Rathbone is fascinated with many different styles and writes his own songs. He beganperforming music in Los Angeles at The Gardenia in Hollywood and ultimately formed the band, 100Monkeys with his Interlochen friend, Ben Graupner. When in Los Angeles, in between filming andcutting an album 100 Monkees plays at various venues around the LA area including The Viper Room,and The Scene in Glendale.Rathbone has been living out of a suitcase since he began filming Twilight and The Last Airbender.KELLAN LUTZ (Emmett) has been on a role lately. After wrapping his first season as a series regular onHBO’s, “The Comeback,” opposite Lisa Kudrow, Kellan went straight into production on two studio films.He was seen in Disney’s Stick It, where he played a local BMX biker who befriends the lead, MissyPeregrym. Kellan also appeared in Universal’s Accepted, in which he played one of the “Molson Twins”who joins Justin Long’s fake college.19


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesKellan was most recently seen in the highly anticipated Catherine Hardwicke film Twilight, based on thenovel by Stephanie Meyer. Starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Nikki Reed, thisfantasy-romance film tells the story of a teenage girl who risks everything when she falls in love with avampire. The film was released on November 20th, 2008. Kellan will also be appearing in the followingtwo films of the Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is set for release onNovember 20th, 2009.On the small screen Kellan was recently seen in the new CW spin-off series “90210,” playing therecurring character of George Evans, one of the school’s best and most arrogant athletes. Kellan wasalso recently seen in the HBO seven-hour mini-series, “Generation Kill.” Executive produced and cowrittenby David Simon and Ed Burns, the team behind the critically acclaimed series “The Wire,” thisseven-part miniseries tells the intimate tale of young Marines whose unit is part of the first wave of theAmerican military assault on Baghdad. The drama was based upon the award-winning nonfiction book ofthe same name by Evan Wright, who serves as co-writer and consultant. “Generation Kill” was filmedentirely in Africa, and aired on HBO in July 2008.In April 2008, Screen Gems released Kellan’s latest feature film Prom Night, where he stars alongsideBrittany Snow. This thriller is the fictional story of a high school night ruined by a sadistic killer.ANNA KENDRICK (Jessica) notably starred in PictureHouse’s Rocket Science directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Herperformance as an ultra-competitive high school debate team member garnered critical acclaim and thefilm received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Anna wasnominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film.In 2008, Kendrick was seen in the Blockbuster feature film Twilight. She will also star in the sequel, TheTwilight Saga: New Moon, which will be in released to theatres nationwide on November 20, 2009.Currently, Kendrick is on location filming the third installment, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.Kendrick stars in the highly anticipated Paramount film Up in the Air, opposite George Clooney andJason Bateman. Kendrick’s character is Natalie Keener, a fresh out of college rising star at the companyboth she and Clooney’s character are employed. This unique company specializes in "career transitioncounseling" (a euphemism for firing people). The film received rave reviews at its premiere at the 2009Toronto Film Festival. Up in the Air, which is directed by Jason Reitman, will be released nationwide onDecember 25, 2009.Most recently, Kendrick wrapped production on the Universal film Scott Pilgrim VS. the World oppositeMichael Cera. In this dramedy, she plays Stacy Pilgrim, the sister of Cera’s character Scott Pilgrim.Kendrick made her feature film debut in Todd Graff’s Camp, a darling of the 2003 Sundance FilmFestival. Her performance in the cult hit earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as aBest Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards.An accomplished theater veteran, Kendrick began her career as Dinah Lord in the 1997 Broadwaymusical production of High Society for which she received a Tony® Award Nomination as Best FeaturedActress in a Musical. At the age of 12, the honor made her the second youngest Tony nominee in award20


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Noteshistory. Kendrick also garnered Drama League and Theatre World awards as well as Drama Desk andFANY award nominations.Kendrick’s additional theater work includes a featured role with the New York City Opera’s production of“A Little Night Music,” starring Jeremy Irons, “My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies: Live atCarnegie Hall,” and Broadway workshops of “Jane Eyre” and “The Little Princess.”Kendrick currently resides in Los Angeles, California.MICHAEL SHEEN (Aro) is recognized as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actorsfor being equally accomplished on stage and screen.Most recently Sheen was seen on screen in The Damned United, the darkly humorous story ofconfrontational former Leeds United boss Brian Clough’s doomed 44-day tenure as manager of thereigning champions of English football in 1974. Sheen stars as the late Clough. The film is directed byTom Hooper (John Adams) with a screenplay by Peter Morgan based on David Peace’s novel. It openedin March 2009 at the top of the U.K. box office and drew strong reviews for Sheen, before beingreceived in the U.S. as well.Among Sheen’s upcoming projects are Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as the white rabbit, the muchanticipated take on the Lewis Carroll classic, and Tron.Last year, Sheen was seen on screen in two hits: as David Frost in Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howardfrom Peter Morgan’s screen adaptation of his own stage play, which received an Academy Award®nomination for Best Picture. Next for Sheen came a starring role in Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans, aprequel to the popular Underworld franchise.Another notable recent film role came in Music Within, the story of Richard Pimentel, an early championof the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheenplayed Pimentel’s best friend, Art, a wheelchair-bound genius who uses his wit to deflect the prejudiceassociated with his twisted form.Sheen played British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Stephen Frears’ acclaimed drama The Queen. Alongwith the film, Sheen received many accolades for his performance, including winning the Los AngelesFilm Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and earning a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.He previously portrayed the British politician, also under Frears’ direction, in the television movie “TheDeal.” The Queen marked Sheen’s third collaboration with Frears. He made his feature film debut in thedirector’s Mary Reilly as Dr. Jekyll’s footman, along with a cast that included Julia Roberts, JohnMalkovich and Glenn Close.Sheen was featured in Ed Zwick’s Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou.Other credits include Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, Peter Howitt’s Laws of Attraction, RichardDonner’s Timeline, Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things, Shekhar Kapur’s The Four Feathers and BrianGilbert’s Wilde.Born in Wales, Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, an industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burtonand Anthony Hopkins. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London where, inhis second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for his consistently outstanding21


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesperformances.While still a student at RADA, Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991’s “WhenShe Danced,” which marked his West End debut. Sheen has since earned an Olivier Award nominationfor his performance as Mozart in the West End production of Peter Hall’s revival of “Amadeus.” He wenton to make his Broadway debut in the 1999 U.S. production.Sheen also received Olivier Award nominations for his performances in “Look Back in Anger” and“Caligula,” for which he also won a London Critics Circle Award and the London Evening Standard Awardfor Best Actor in 2003. He has received acclaim for his performances in such plays as “Romeo and Juliet,”“Peer Gynt” and “Henry V.”On television, Sheen’s credits include his heartbreaking portrayal of performer Kenneth Williams in theBBC’s “Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!” For this role, Sheen received a BAFTA nomination and the 2006Royal Television Society Best Actor Award. He also received a 2005 BAFTA nomination for hisperformance in “Dirty Filthy Love,” a drama in which he starred as an architect struggling to live with hisobsessive-compulsive disorder.On stage, Sheen starred on Broadway during the summer of 2007 in the hit “Frost/Nixon,” in which heplayed Frost to Frank Langella’s Nixon. Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nominationfrom the Drama League for his work, among other accolades. This followed the sold-out run in London,where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening StandardAwards.In January, 2009, Sheen was announced on The Queen’s annual honor list as being appointed an Officerof the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the arts.DAKOTA FANNING (Jane) recently completed production on her latest film, The Runaways, in which sheplays lead singer Cherie Currie in the famous 1970s all girl rock band. Earlier this year, she starred as thevoice of Coraline in Henry Selick’s whimsical 3-D animated film of the same name and she also playedthe lead role of Cassie in the ensemble thriller Push. Prior to these films, Fanning starred in The SecretLife of Bees, based on the acclaimed, bestselling book by Sue Monk Kidd and co-starring Queen Latifah,Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Hudson and Paul Bettany. Fanning's performance earned her aCritics Choice Award nomination.Fanning made her film debut opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn in I Am Sam. She won the CriticsChoice Award for Best Young Actor and received a SAG Award nomination, making her the youngestperformer to ever earn such a distinction. Shortly thereafter, she starred in the miniseries “Taken,”produced by Steven Spielberg, which became the Sci-Fi Channel’s highest-rated broadcast to date andwon the 2003 Emmy Award® for Outstanding Miniseries.Other film credits include Trapped, opposite Charlize Theron; Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, opposite MikeMyers; Uptown Girls, with Brittany Murphy; and Sweet Home Alabama, in which Fanning played a youngReese Witherspoon. She recently starred opposite Robin Wright Penn and David Morse in Hounddog.In 2004, Fanning starred opposite Denzel Washington in Man on Fire, directed by Tony Scott. She22


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesreceived a second Critics Choice Award nomination for her performance. The following year, she costarredwith Robert DeNiro in Hide and Seek, earning the MTV Movie Award for “Most FrightenedPerformance.”In 2005, she starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s The War of the Worlds, winning her secondCritics Choice Award. That same year, she appeared opposite Kurt Russell in Dreamer, which made itsworld premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.Fanning was proud to be a member of a remarkable ensemble of women including Glenn Close, HollyHunter, Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright Penn in Nine Lives, which premiered at the Sundance FilmFestival. The entire cast was nominated for a Gotham Award and the film also earned an IndependentSpirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay.In 2006, Fanning starred as Fern in the feature film interpretation of the beloved E.B. White novelCharlotte’s Web. Fanning played a live action character opposite animated characters voiced by JuliaRoberts, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Fanning earned another Critics Choice Award nominationand received ShoWest’s Best Supporting Actress of the Year Award.CHASKE SPENCER (Sam Uley) was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe and raised on Indian reservations inMontana and Idaho. When Spencer was young he dreamed of being a photographer, but before long hefound himself in front of the camera pursuing an acting career. He moved to New York City and inbetween bartending and waiting tables was cast in his very first major role, an Off Broadway productionof “Dracula,” in which Spencer played the title character.From there, he did a number of New York theater pieces and was fortunate enough to be discovered bytelevision and film casting director Rene Haynes. She cast him in his first feature, Skins, as well as“DreamKeeper” and Steven Spielberg’s television epic “Into the West.”Chaske's passion for acting is only matched by his passion for making a difference, he is a spokespersonfor the nonprofit organization United Global Shift, which has enabled him to create projects to impactpoverty, hunger, renewable energy and the environment. He is also engaged on the other side of thecamera with his production company Urban Dream with his partners, veteran producer Ted Kurdyla andhis manager Josselyne Herman.ALEX MERAZ (Paul) of the Purepecha (Tarasco) First Nation of Michoacan, Mexico was born and raisedin Mesa, Arizona. Working throughout the Phoenix area, he taught classes at schools and communitycenters in all aspects of art from mask making to break dancing. As a graduate of the New School for theArts, Meraz has since developed as a multi-faceted performer and artist. For 12 years, he competed inthe world of mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and capoeira, which led himto train with Andy Cheng as a stuntman.Highly sought after in the indigenous dance world, Meraz has worked as a lead dancer with renownedchoreographers Raoul Trujillo, Rulan Tangen and Santee Smith, to name a few. He is a founding memberof Rulan Tangen’s company, Dancing Earth. Meraz’s acclaim for his work with Dancing Earth earned himthe honor of being hand-picked for a troupe selected to represent the United States in a performance23


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesfor Jordan’s royal family in Amman.Meraz’s achievements in the performing arts world led to a role in Terrence Malick’s film The NewWorld, starring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale.KIOWA GORDON (Embry), the seventh of eight children, was born in Berlin, Germany soon after the “fallof the wall”. At age one, the family moved back to McLean, Virginia, where his father worked for thegovernment. At age two the family moved out to Northern Arizona, to the Hualapai reservation so thechildren could learn of their heritage and culture. Ki has spent most of his life in various parts of Arizona.When his older brothers were in high school, the family moved to Mesa so they could play on one of thebest football teams in the state. Ki attended Hermosa Vista, Stapley Jr High, and Mountain View HighSchool before moving to Cave Creek with his mom and attending Cactus Shadows High School.His mother, Camille Nighthorse a member of SAG, got bit parts for Ki in a few movies as he was growingup. She was always encouraging the kids to take acting classes and doing photo shoots with them. Onthe day Ki was scheduled to audition for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, she was rushing him to meetwith an acting coach at Verve Studios a couple of hours before his scheduled audition. The audition wasat an open casting call for all Native American teens in Phoenix with Casting Director Rene Haynes out ofBurbank, CA. Ki gave a great audition and he was offered the role of Embry, when he had tried out forthe part of Paul.JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER (Caius) is one of Britain’s brightest young stars with an extremely excitingtime ahead. He is currently filming London Boulevard from the novels of the same name by Ken Bruen.This crime drama marks the directorial debut of William Monahan and tells the story of a recentlyparoled criminal who becomes involved with a reclusive young actress. Jamie will play the role ‘WhiteBoy’ opposite an outstanding cast including Kiera Knightley, Colin Farrell and Ray Winstone.Jamie has also recently finished filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the sequel in the hugelysuccessful Twilight franchise, adapted from the novels by Stephanie Meyer. In The Twilight Saga: NewMoon, he plays the role of Caius, leader of the Volturi Vampires, alongside a cast including RobertPattinson and Kristen Stewart. Next year will see him appear as Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter andthe Deathly Hallows. The seventh and final installment of J.K. Rowling’s celebrated series continues themagical journey of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts, leading to the long-awaited finalconfrontation of Harry Potter and his arch nemesis Lord Voldemort. The film includes a stellar line upincluding Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent and Michael Gambon.Despite a short career to date Jamie can already add a number of critically acclaimed films to hisrepertoire. He made his film debut in Tim Burton’s gothic musical Sweeney Todd and the Demon Barberof Fleet Street, starring in a leading role opposite Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Helena BonhamCarter. His other film credits include Guy Richie’s RocknRolla, with Gerard Butler and Thandie Newtonand Martin Koolhoven’s Winter in Wartime.Alongside his film work, Jamie is also beginning to make a name for himself on the small screen. He willnext be seen in a new adaptation of the cult 1960’s television series ‘The Prisoner’ with Hayley Atwell24


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notesand Sir Ian McKellen, set for a US release later this year on AMC. In 2007, he received critical acclaim forhis portrayal of Douglas in the BBC’s ‘The Dinner Party’.EDI GATHEGI (Laurent) has recently begun to gain increasing notoriety for his roles on both the big andsmall screens. He is probably most recognized for his recurring role as Dr. Cole (AKA: Big Love), on FOX’shit television series “House.” Having been a guest star on the best reviewed show of last year’s Fallseason, ABC’s “Life on Mars,” Gathegi went on to join the ensemble cast of the theatrical box officephenomenon, Twilight, and will reprise his role as Laurent in this year’s sequel, The Twilight Saga: NewMoon, releasing wide on November 20th. He most recently starred in the well-received feature, MyBloody Valentine 3-D.Gathegi’s past film credits include feature, Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck, Death Sentenceopposite Kevin Bacon and Crank with Jason Statham.He is also no stranger to on-stage production as his theatre resume includes “Two Trains Running” at theprestigious Old Globe Theatre in San Diego with other regional stage work including “King Hedley II”,“Blues for an Alabama Sky”, “Golden Boy”, “As You Like It”, “Twelfth Night”, “The Crucible”, “Fade”, “AMaiden’s Prayer” (Santa Barbara Independent Award), “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Othello”, a “MidsummerNight’s Dream”, “Cyrano” and “Dutchman.”Gathegi graduated from NYU’s famed MFA program for acting and currently resides in Los Angeles.MICHAEL WELCH (Mike) has already made a strong impression on the entertainment world. Starting atthe age of 10, he has worked in every aspect of the business including film, television, voice-over, andstage. Michael is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards, one for his performance at age 10 in StarTrek: Insurrection, his first feature film, and another for his work as Luke Girardi on the television series“Joan of Arcadia,” which ran for two seasons on CBS.Welch will star in Unrequited (2010), a psychological thriller directed by Jason Epperson, second placewinner of “The Lot”, executive produced by Stephen Spielberg. Epperson has chosen Unrequited for hisfirst feature film and Welch to play the lead role.Michael can be seen in award-winning festival favorites such as My Suicide, An American Crime, UnitedStates of Leland, American Son, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and Lost Dream. Welch has completed 19films in his 12-year career.Michael is familiar to television audiences for his many starring roles on Emmy Award-winning shows.His most recent starring roles include episodes of “CSI” and an arc on “The Riches”. During the pastseveral years he appeared on “CSI: Miami”, “Numb3rs”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Crossing Jordan”, “NCIS”,“Cold Case” and “Without a Trace.” His earlier years included performances on “Stargate SG-1”, “JudgingAmy”, “The District”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “The X-Files”, “The Pretender”,“7th Heaven”, “Chicago Hope” and “Frasier.”In spite of his busy schedule he finds time for theater (Speech & Debate-2008), received the 2005 StarInnovative Award for environmental causes and has been active with the charity Kids With a Cause since25


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notes1999.CHRISTIAN SERRATOS (Angela) began her professional career as a Ford model. She quickly foundsuccess as an actress playing Heather Perez in Disney's successful “Cow Belles”, as well as guest spots on“7th Heaven”, Nickelodeon's “Zoey101” and Disney's “Hannah Montana.” Christian's interests extendbeyond the modeling and acting world. Having a strong passion for dance, Christian has studied multipledance styles including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and tap. In addition, Christian is a strong supporter of animalrights, and is the new face of PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign.JUSTIN CHON (Eric) can be seen in the widely popular inter-net short film, Turbo atwww.TurboTheFilm.com. He was recently seen in a costarring role in Wayne Kramer’s feature CrossingOver, alongside Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. The busy actor also completed astarring role in the comedy Balls Out: The Gary Houseman Story, opposite Seann William Scott andRandy Quaid. He also starred in the comedy-horror film Hack, with Danica McKeller and WilliamForsythe. Chon was a series regular on the hit Nickelodeon series “Just Jordan”, playing the titlecharacter’s best friend. Chon also played Peter Wu in the Disney telefilm “Wendy Wu: HomecomingWarrior”.Chon’s parents emigrated from Korea, where his father was a well-known television and film actor andhis mother an accomplished pianist. Born and raised in Southern California, Chon grew up on the beachwhile surfing, skateboarding, playing tennis and hitting the golf course. This multi-talented actor alsoplays the guitar, piano, violin and saxophone. A student of his craft, Chon is always enrolled in an actingclass and has studied with some of the top acting coaches in the business.Chon resides in Los Angeles.26


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesThe FilmmakersCHRIS WEITZ (Director) most recently adapted, and directed, the Oscar-winning epic fantasy adventureThe Golden Compass starring Oscar® winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), newcomer Dakota BlueRichards, Sam Elliott (We Were Soldiers), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale).Based on Philip Pullman’s best-selling and award-winning first novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy,The Golden Compass was released by New Line Cinema and has grossed over $350 million worldwide.Weitz previously co-directed, with his brother, Paul, the award-winning hit film About a Boy, adaptingthe screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel. The screenplay received an Academy Award nomination forBest Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, Writers Guild, Chicago Film Criticsand Humanitas; the film was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year and was nominated for the GoldenGlobe award for Best Comedy, winning Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.Weitz's first directorial collaboration with Paul was on American Pie, the phenomenally successful firstinstallment of the PIE franchise, which was followed by American Pie 2 and the final installment,American Wedding, both of which he also executive produced.Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays,including Antz and Madeline (adapting the popular children's book).In 1999, Weitz and his brother formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production companythrough which he and Paul produced the critically acclaimed film, In Good Company, directed by Paul;the comedy American Dreamz, starring Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid, also directed by Paul; and the hitromantic comedy, Nick & Norah’s Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Depth of Field'sdiverse slate of upcoming projects include: Tom Ford’s drama A Single Man, starring Julianne Moore andColin Firth; The Game, based on Neil Strauss' dating tome which Dan Weiss will adapt; and the featureadaptation of Michael Moorcock's fantasy epic The Elric Saga.Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit Chuck & Buck.MELISSA ROSENBERG (Screenwriter) is proving to be one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-afterwriters, seamlessly transitioning from television to the silver screen.Rosenberg wrote the screenplay for the vampire romance phenomenon Twilight. Directed by CatherineHardwicke, and based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight tells the story of a highschool girl named Bella (Kristen Stewart) who finds her soul mate in the stunning vampire Edward(Robert Pattinson). The film, released by Summit Entertainment, opened on November 21, 2008 to arecord $70m. The film has grossed over $383m worldwide.Rosenberg also scripted the highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, which will open on November 20,2009, as well as the third film, Eclipse, set to open on June 30, 2010.With her extensive background in teen-related drama, Rosenberg seemed a natural fit for theadaptation of Twilight, a task she was given only six weeks to complete. She was more than happy tosign on. “You get to be inventive with these pieces,” Rosenberg said. “I can live the high schoolexperience I never had, because on film, anything can happen.”27


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesRosenberg is set to return to television as both head writer and executive producer of the Showtimeoriginal series Dexter, which begins its fourth season this September. Her work on the show helped earnit the prestigious Peabody Award, an Emmy nomination, and a Writer’s Guild of America awardnomination. “On this show, I’m allowed to take risks, with the character development, as well as thestory,” said Rosenberg. “When you’re doing 22 episodes a year for network, you may not get the timeyou need to do your best work. On a cable show, doing 12 episodes, I have the time to develop mythoughts, to connect all the dots and make a strong, well-rounded story.”Rosenberg launched her screenwriting career with the box-office smash Step Up. A trained dancerherself, Rosenberg was perfect to the write the film, an urban romance between a naturally giftedtroublemaker (Channing Tatum) and an upper-class ballerina (Jenna Dewan). Released in 2006, the filmhas earned over $114 million worldwide and launched Tatum into Hollywood heartthrob status.Rosenberg was no stranger to writing for the teenaged set; before signing on to write Step Up,Rosenberg wrote several episodes of Fox’s series The O.C.Inspired by character-driven projects, Rosenberg’s other credits include Ally McBeal, Party of Five,Boston Public, The Outer Limits and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Although she appreciates her start innetwork television, she feels she has found a comfortable niche in cable programming.Rosenberg earned her B.A. in dance and theatre from Bennington College in Vermont, with a goaltoward becoming a choreographer. When Rosenberg moved to Los Angeles, she pursued a differentavenue: writing. While working as an assistant to a television producer, Rosenberg went on to earn anMFA at the University of Southern California, through the Peter Stark Producing Program at the Schoolof Cinematic Arts.STEPHENIE MEYER (Based on the Novel By) was a stay-at-home mother of three young sons in 2003when she had a vivid dream about a group of characters she could not get out of her head. Puttingeverything she could on the back burner, Meyer invented the plot during the day and wrote it on hercomputer late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel,Twilight.Picked out of a slush pile at Writers House, the manuscript quickly made the rounds among publishers.Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers made a major six-figure preemptive bid forthree books. Within weeks of its release in 2005, the book debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list. The rights to Twilight have been sold in 45 countries around the world.The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at No. 1on the New York Times best seller list. The book was so highly anticipated by Meyer’s eager fans thatAdvance Readers Copies were being sold on eBay for as high as $380. The third book in Meyer’s Twilightsaga, Eclipse was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on sale. The bookdebuted at No. 1 on best seller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.It was also a No. 1 best seller in Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and Argentina.The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with afirst printing of 3.2 million copies—the largest first printing in the publisher’s history. Breaking Dawn28


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction Notessold 1.3 million copies its first day on sale in the US, rocketing the title to No. 1 on best seller listsnationwide.2008 was a landmark year for Meyer. On May 6, Little, Brown and Company released The Host, Meyer’sfirst novel for adults which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellerlists. Additionally, USA Today declared Stephenie “Author of the Year” citing that she “did what no oneelse – not even JK Rowling – has done in the 15 years of the USA Today bestselling book list” and sweptthe top four slots in 2008.Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She livesin Arizona with her husband and sons.WYCK GODFREY (Producer) produced the recent features When a Stranger Calls and Eragon, the latterfilm based on a bestselling fantasy novel. After producing or executive producing six films in a four-yearspan, Godfrey felt ready to strike out and make films for an audience that he and his friend MartyBowen felt Hollywood had forgotten—the people of the heartland of America, many of whom are leftyearning for films with meaning and spiritual content. Godfrey and Bowen partnered to form their ownproduction company, Temple Hill. Their first project was The Nativity Story, directed by CatherineHardwicke. The company’s most recent film was the romantic comedy Management, starring JenniferAniston and Steve Zahn.Godfrey began his career as a creative executive at New Line Cinema after graduating from PrincetonUniversity in 1990 with a degree in English. At New Line, he worked on such hits as The Mask, Dumb andDumber and various films in the popular House Party and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. In 1995,he moved on to Horizon Pictures, production company of Paul Schiff and Michael London. As senior vicepresident of production, he oversaw their development slate and staff at 20th Century Fox.Two years later, Godfrey joined John Davis at Davis Entertainment as an executive vice president. There,he oversaw the surprise action hit Behind Enemy Lines, directed by John Moore and starring OwenWilson and Gene Hackman. He was promoted to president in 2001 and later that year developed andproduced the family comedy Daddy Day Care, directed by Steve Carr and starring Eddie Murphy. In2003, he produced the summer blockbuster I, Robot, starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas,and the rousing adventure Flight of the Phoenix, his second film with director John Moore. He alsodeveloped and served as an executive producer on Alien vs. Predator, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ofResident Evil fame.KAREN ROSENFELT (Producer) is a producer based at 20th Century Fox, where she executive producedThe Devil Wears Prada, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Marley & Me. For 16 years, Rosenfelt was aproduction executive at Paramount, where she oversaw live-action features such as The First WivesClub, Indecent Proposal, Runaway Bride, Save the Last Dance, Coach Carter and Mean Girls. She wasinstrumental in setting up Paramount's partnership with Nickelodeon Movies, overseeing filmadaptations of the Nickelodeon television properties “Rugrats” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” as well asLemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the bestselling children’s books.29


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesRosenfelt began her career at ICM as an assistant to talent agent Sue Mengers. She went on to becomea Creative Executive at Jerry Weintraub Productions and a Senior Vice President at MGM.Rosenfelt is currently working as producer of the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, alongwith Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus and Mark Ratcliffe. She’s also working as executive produceron Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.BILL BANNERMAN (Co-Producer) graduated with Specialized Honors in Film from York University inToronto, Canada. After being awarded several scholarships, including the Famous Players Award ofExcellence, a screening of his student work at the Montreal Film Festival in 1981 led Bannerman to beinvited to Los Angeles to train on various films including One From the Heart, directed by Francis FordCoppola.With a background in visual effects, Bannerman segued into production and began a lengthy tenure asan assistant director working with acclaimed filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner andFrank Marshall.This led to numerous assignments as a second unit director on features. Most notable was the 14thcentury Japanese civil war epic Heaven & Earth, for which Bannerman designed and directedcomplicated and dangerous battle sequences. This project notably set the record for the largest numberof saddled horses (800) ever used in-camera for a battle sequence.In 1992, after a short development period with Kadokawa Films, Bannerman saw his first screenplayproduced in Japan as Rex: Story of a Dinosaur. Shortly after that, Bannerman reconnected with ClintEastwood for a number of projects including Oscar® winner Unforgiven and A Perfect World, Bridges ofMadison County and Absolute Power.In 1997, Bannerman produced Dead Man on Campus for MTV Films/Paramount, which segued into himproducing four original movies for the MTV Networks division by the end of 2003, most notably StevenKay’s critically acclaimed heroin drama Wasted.In 1998, Bannerman was also executive producer on the action film Chill Factor, starring Cuba GoodingJr. Following this, he worked extensively with Gale Anne Hurd on Hulk for Universal Pictures. In late2000, Dimension/Miramax convinced Bannerman to helm a new chapter in the successful Air Budfranchise, Air Bud III: World Pup. The project generated the most revenue from DVD sales of any chapterof the franchise.Since 2003, Bannerman has produced and served as second unit director on the comedy Good Boy! anda big budget remake of the ’70s classic Walking Tall starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and JohnnyKnoxville. Early in 2006, filmmaker Sam Raimi tapped Bannerman to produce a sequel for his verysuccessful horror franchise, The Grudge II, which filmed entirely in Japan.During late 2007 and 2008, Bannerman produced the mixed martial arts film Never Back Down and thesoon-to-be released horror project Sorority Row. He also produced the 2008 thriller Shelter, starringOscar® nominee Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.30


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesMARTY BOWEN (Executive Producer) left his post in spring of 2006 as UTA Partner and Agent to pursuea career in producing. Bowen partnered with veteran producer Wyck Godfrey, to create their ownproduction company, Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema andimmediately entered into production on their first film, The Nativity Story, from director CatherineHardwicke. Next, the two went on to produce the Catherine Hardwicke-directed fantasy love story,Twilight, based on the best-selling series of books by Stephanie Meyer. They followed up Twilight withthe Sydney Kimmel Entertainment-financed, romantic comedy, Management, starring Jennifer Anistonand Steve Zahn, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and was released theatrically in May2009.Temple Hill Entertainment's most recent productions are Lasse Hallstrom's Dear John, starring ChanningTatum (Step Up, GI Joe) and Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Mamma Mia) based on the best-selling novelfrom Nicholas Sparks, and Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second film in the Twilightsaga.Bowen was raised outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. He graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in 1991 with aB.A. in American History. He began his career in UTA's Agent Training Program. He resides in LosAngeles.GREG MOORADIAN (Executive Producer) began his film career in 1991 as a Creative Executive forAcademy Award-winning producer Arnold Kopelson, working on classic films such as Falling Down, TheFugitive and Seven. In 1995, he became Vice President for Academy Award-winning producer WendyFinerman, developing films such as The Fan, which he associate produced, Fairytale: A True Story andStepmom. In 1999, he became president of the company, executive producing Sugar and Spice andDrumline.In 2004, Mooradian started his own production company, Greg Mooradian Productions. The latest filmsare The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh and Penn Badgley, which opened in October and Percy Jacksonand the Lightning Thief, which opens in February.Mooradian currently works as Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures.MARK MORGAN (Executive Producer) is currently producing Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, to bedirected by Chris Columbus for 20th Century Fox; The Stepfather, for Sony/Screen Gems; and TheStanford Prison Experiment, written and to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Oscar-winner for TheUsual Suspects. Morgan is also executive producing “The Riches” for Fox Television Studios and FX.Morgan began his career in the entertainment industry working as Creative Executive for RidleyScott on films including Thelma & Louise. In early 1995, Morgan joined New Regency, where he ran thestory department and also oversaw films such as Under Siege II, Free Willy, The Client and A Time to Kill.31


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesIn 1996, Morgan was hired at Orion Pictures as Director of Development and promoted to VicePresident of Production the following year. At Orion/MPCA, Morgan supervised the development,packaging and production of film projects including Dumb and Dumber, Beverly Hills Ninja and Kingpin.In 1998, the upper management of Orion Pictures split off to form Destination Films, where Morganserved as Executive Vice President. He produced several films in this capacity, including Beautiful,starring Minnie Driver and directed by Sally Field, and The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez andMatthew McConaughey.Hired next as President at Maverick Films, Morgan soon rose to President and CEO. At Maverick, Morganoversaw the entire production slate, executive ranks and first-look deals. He produced multiple filmsdistributed by MGM, including Agent Cody Banks and its sequel, 30 Days Until I'm Famous, ChasingChristmas, Cruel World and Material Girls.GUY OSEARY (Executive Producer) began his career at Maverick Records and rose through the ranks tochairman of the label, developing a roster of artists that included Prodigy, Alanis Morissette, Deftones,The Wreckers, Paul Oakenfold, Michelle Branch, and soundtracks including The Wedding Singer, TheMatrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Austin Powers I & II, as well as releasing soundtracks on QuentinTarantino’s films including Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. Oseary guided Maverick to sell over 100 million albumsworldwide and secured its spot as one of the industry's leading boutique record labels.In the TV world, Guy serves as executive producer on Last Call With Carson Daly, which is currently in its9th season, as well as on NBC's New Year's Eve which is also hosted by Carson.In May 2004 Guy partnered with Jason Weinberg and Stephanie Simon to become a principal in UntitledEntertainment, a top entertainment management company with offices in Beverly Hills and New York.Untitled's list of clients includes Hilary Swank, David Caruso, Penélope Cruz, Naomi Watts, Demi Moore,Ashton Kutcher, Lucy Liu, etc. In 2005 Guy became the manager for his longtime business partnerMadonna and guided her through the 2006 Confessions Tour, and the 2008, 2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour,both are on the lists of the top-grossing tours of all time. In 2007 he negotiated the most talked aboutand groundbreaking deal in music business by partnering Madonna with Live Nation, the number onetouring promotion company in the world. This move encompasses all aspects of Madonna’s music. Herlatest studio album was the multi-Grammy nominated "Hard Candy" which debuted at #1 in 37countries in 2008. His other clients include New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a threetime American League MVP who is considered by many to be the game's top player, and magician DavidBlaine.In the print world, Oseary has authored three book, with a fourth due out Autumn 2009 - a photographyretrospective from his own camera of Madonna's 2008 tour titled "Madonna: Sticky & Sweet,photography by Guy Oseary." Previously he authored a photography book on Madonna’s 2006 tour, and"On the Record" which is a collection of first-hand accounts on how to break into the music industryfrom many of the most successful artists, producers and executives in the business today. He is also theauthor of “Jews Who Rock,” a look at Jewish influences in the music industry.32


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesJOSEPH MIDDLETON (Casting) has cast some of Hollywood's most popular films, including Mr. & Mrs.Smith, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Legally Blonde and American Pie, for which he wonthe 2000 Artios award for best comedy casting, given by the Casting Society of America. His upcomingfilms are: The Twilight Saga: New Moon” Fair Game, Little Fockers and Tom Ford’s directorial debut, ASingle Man.Additional films include Old School, In Good Company, Bring it On, and Law Abiding Citizen, as well assuch renowned independent films as Donnie Darko, Go, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Broken HeartsClub, and Strangers with Candy.Mr. Middleton's casting expertise and colorful on-camera personality were sought out by Matt Damonand Ben Affleck for the first two seasons of their groundbreaking hit "Project Greenlight" series on HBO.Subsequent to "Project Greenlight," he joined Faye Dunaway and Vivica A. Fox on the panel of industryexpert judges on the WB's reality series, "The Starlet.Joseph Middleton is the president of his own company, Middleton Casting, Inc. and was elected in 2008to serve on the board for the Casting Society of America. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (Composer) After composing the music for over 50 European films and beingnominated for 2 Cesar Awards, Alexandre Desplat, burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with hisevocative score to Girl With The Pearl Earing (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earnedhim nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards.His reputation was solidified by his critically acclaimed score to Jonathan Glazier's film Birth (starringNicole Kidman) and Stephen Gaghan's film Syriana (Produced by Steven Soderbergh, starring GeorgeClooney and Matt Damon), which earned him yet another Golden Globe nomination. The Queen(directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren) garnered him his first Academy Awardnomination. In the same year he was also won a Golden Globe Award for his score to The Painted Veil(starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts).In 2007, he wrote the music for The Golden Compass (directed by Chris Weitz and starring NicoleKidman and Daniel Craig), which is the first movie based upon the beloved trilogy, His Dark Material byPhilip Pullman and Lust, Caution (for Academy Award winning Director Ang Lee).In 2008, Alexandre wrote the score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (directed by David Fincherand starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) which earned him his second Academy Award nomination andhis fourth Golden Globe nomination. In 2009, he wrote the scores for Nora Ephron’s film Julie & Julia(starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams), Cheri (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Michelle Pfeiffer,Rupert Friend and Kathy Bates), Coc Avant Chanel (starring Audrey Tautou) The Fantastic Mr. Fox(directed by Wes Anderson) and The Prophet, the official French selection for the Oscars for bestForeign Picture.Upcoming movies include the second installment of The Twilight Saga : New Moon (directed by ChrisWeitz, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (starring BradPitt and Sean Penn) and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost (starring Ewan McGregor, and Pierce Brosnan).33


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesALEXANDRA PATSAVAS (Music Supervisor), owner of Chop Shop Music Supervision, got her start in themusic business as a rock promoter in Champaign, Illinois. She moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and workedin the Film/TV department at BMI. She then moved on to work in 1994 for Roger Corman at ConcordeFilms, where she was music coordinator and supervisor on over 50 B-movie classics (Caged Heat 3000,Piranha 2, Bucket of Blood, etc.) in a three-year span.After her stint at Concorde, Alexandra started her own company, Chop Shop Music Supervision, whereshe music supervised projects including "Roswell," "Carnivale," "Boston Public," and "The OC," and thefilms Happy, Texas and Twilight.Alexandra and her staff are currently working on the TV shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice,""Chuck," "Gossip Girl," " "Rescue Me," "Mad Men," "Supernatural" and the feature film The TwilightSaga: New Moon.Alexandra produced the soundtracks for Twilight, "Mad Men", "Grey's Anatomy," "The OC," "RescueMe," John Tucker Must Die and "Roswell." The critically acclaimed "Music from the OC" soundtrackseries (Mixes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) have sold over a million copies worldwide and "Grey's Anatomy Volume2" was nominated for a Grammy.Alexandra has been profiled in Wired, Glamour, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, In Style, TheChicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Jane, Billboard, Giant and The New York Times, CNBC andMTV. She was named by Advertising Age as "Entertainment Marketer of the Year," The Los AngelesTimes as one of "The West 100," Variety as one of fifty honorees for their annual "Women's ImpactReport," and as one of Billboard's "Top Women In Music" in 2007,2008, 2009. She was also named oneof Fast Company Magazine’s “Most Creative People” in 2009.PETER LAMBERT (Editor) began his career cutting factual television programs in London, before taking amasters in editing at the UK’s National Film & Television School. He has since worked as an assistanteditor on films including Love Actually, Children of Men and Body of Lies, as well as editing Britishindependent features Oona & Me and Tonight Is Cancelled.JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE (Director of Photography) is a long-time master of Spanish cinema who firstgained international acclaim for lensing Secrets of the Heart, which was selected by AmericanCinematographer magazine as one of its top 50 films since 1970. Already boasting seven Goyanominations for Best Cinematography and three wins, Aguirresarobe’s acclaim was further enhancedwith Nicole Kidman’s atmospheric thriller The Others, directed by Alejandro Amenabar, for which theD.P. won his fourth Goya.Aguirresarobe has since worked on major American and international features such as PedroAlmodovar’s Talk to Her, gaining his ninth Goya nomination; Amenabar’s The Sea Inside, which won theOscar® for Best Foreign Film and netted Aguirresarobe’s fifth Goya; John Hillcoat’s soon-to-be-releasedThe Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy; and Woody Allen’s Oscar nominated Vicky Cristina34


The Twilight Saga: New MoonProduction NotesBarcelona.In its review of Milos Forman’s recent Goya’s Ghosts, Variety described Aguirresarobe as a masterlypainter of light and praised the film for having the most exciting visuals of any movie to come out ofSpain in the last decade. Aguirresarobe was also director of photography for the soon-to-be-releasedJames Ivory film The City of Your Final Destination, starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney.TISH MONAGHAN (Costume Designer) has worked as a costume designer on a wide range of projectssuch as The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and JonHamm; Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank; Hot Rod,starring Andy Samberg and Isla Fisher; The Exorcism of Emily Rose, with Jennifer Carpenter, Laura Linneyand Tom Wilkinson; and Catch and Release, starring Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant and JulietteLewis.Other film credits include An Unfinished Life, The Invisible, Chaos Theory, The Underclassman and Cats& Dogs. Monaghan recently completed the next feline/canine franchise film Cats & Dogs: The Revengeof Kitty Galore.Monaghan began working in the film industry in 1981 after working as a cutter for several theatricalproductions in British Columbia. She initially worked as a costumer, cutter and supervisor. Her firstdesign job was for the miniseries “Brothers by Choice” in 1983. She has also worked on several othertelevision projects, including the miniseries “Traffic,” two episodes of “Monk” and “The Heights.”DAVID BRISBIN (Production Designer) counts among his production design credits The Day the EarthStood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose for Scott Derrickson, The Lookout for Scott Frank, DrugstoreCowboy and My Own Private Idaho for Gus Van Sant, City of Ghosts for Matt Dillon, After Dark, MySweet for James Foley and In the Cut for Jane Campion.Trained initially as an architect (B.F.A., Rice University) and interning under noted American architectRobert Venturi, Brisbin also studied filmmaking (M.F.A., Cal-Arts) under the late director AlexanderMackendrick. After receiving the Henry Luce Scholars grant, he worked as a television news reporter inManila, where he covered the fall of the Marcos regime.In recent years, Brisbin has pursued his related interests in new media as a resident at the Habitat NewMedia Lab of the Canadian Film Centre and in documentary film as director and producer of Nice Hat! 5Enigmas in the Life of Cambodia.35

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