I want to start on a good note... When all is said and done there will be an Eclipse movie that Twilight fans will flock to see.
There will be Twilight fans and everday people who do not like the film and those that love it regardless. The same as New Moon and Twilight.
The drama surrounding reshoots / pickup shoots has been a rollercoaster of he said, she said, I saw, you heard..... it was 3 days of madness, but when it comes to Twilight, it is always madness.
We can all agree, as we move into promotional time for the movie, is that June 30 we will have a movie to go see and love, hate, scrutinize as we feel fit as individuals.
That all being said I wanted to report further on what I learned of the reshoots, particularily the scenes that were shot.
This list is by no means complete, it is simply what I have been able to compile by speaking with various people "in the know" one way or another (directly or indirectly) and should I learn more I will edit/add. Three long days of shooting surely covered more than these scenes and if they were re-worked scenes or simply "lighting/colouring adjustments" I can't say with certainty but will address later in this post.
-Tent Scene (Bella crawls into Jacob's sleeping bag, banter between Jake & Edward)
-Pick Me (Jacob's heart felt plee with Bella)
-Kiss & Punch (Jacob & Bella)
-Various Close up's (Yes wig issues worked out for Bella, these shots are likely the lighting/colouring adjustments also)
-Some love triangle discussion (jealousy of Edward, persistence of Jacob, confusion of Bella, mostly at tent scene but some in Bella's room of Edward/Bella)
I have heard there needed to be MORE Jacob/Bella in the film and deeper emotion with the two of them in scenes. Take that as you will.
I also heard due to being unable to get the "Meadow" set for a 2nd day (Another production was using the area) because they couldn't get everything done in the first day, (again I don't know but I imagine due to Robert Pattinson not being there) they had to try to shoot close-up's of cast as if in the meadow (this reminds me of Catherine Hardwicke's "meadow" but rest assured, it was only for close-up's apparently so they will still have wide shots of the ACTUAL meadow outdoors from original filming in the summer says source)
Now, the various perceptions on the drama surrounding the reshoots:
Lainey Gossip posted on the reshoot drama and I know a lot of TwiFans dislike her however, it has to be said that her info is usually very accurate.
IF there were ego's and disagreements on set, this shouldn't surprise anyone.
It's two months before the film is released, they are reshooting (yes they were scheduled a long time ago, yes they are a normal part of making a film, sure they could be completely reworked scenes or reshoots for lighting, who cares) the point is - it can be stressful with the time crunch regardless of the "it's all normal" mentality (true or not).
PLUS we have three superstars who are VERY busy with other projects and promotion and basically NO free time, they are tired from travelling and about to set off on a major whirlwind promotional tour.... combined with a director who is a perfectionist, under a lot of pressure from the production company to appear on track and a COMPLETE contrast from the calm and organized CHris Weitz, as well as fans and media and twitter all a buzz about the reshoots, if no one is feeling stressed, they simply aren't human.
There is lot's going on so the idea that there were some disagreements or even fights isn't shocking and I am not sure why people are so quick to dismiss it.... disagreements with co-workers, like reshoots in film-making, are all NORMAL!
If Rob was late or not I do not know entirely, I have heard from a few different people he indeed was. His security and driver were confirmed to be at the airport the day before, so if there is another reason for them to be waiting around when he isn't coming then let me know... but it seems he was a day late and it likely would have influenced the schedule of shooting as well as the moods of the director and others involved.
IF there was a "storm off" as a result of this high tension, I couldn't say but it wouldn't be unreasonable given the high stress level most people are experiencing surrounding this film... the fans are so passionate, the media is all over them, there is massive pressure to get it right and on time.
Stephenie Meyer in town does seem to indicate that it wasn't just "lighting issues" being fixed in reshoots, and I am still not sure why Summit is so keen to refute this, lighting issues or completely new scenes, it makes no difference, it is more time filming and now it is done. Whatever "it" was.
It is true, They did work long days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting as early as 5am and not ending until late in the evening (even as late as 9pm).Rob & Sam were spotted out for eats and beers Thursday as Rob didn't work that day, nor did he work Wednesday as scheduled! If this was because he was late, or stormed off, I wasn't there so I can't be 100%.
So lot's of long work days, with the exception of Thursday when they ended earlier and had a meeting then a screening for Rob, who brought Kristen & Sam Bradley along.
During Remember Me Rob apparently hadn't seen a final cut of the movie and we can all recall how effective his promotion was then (ie - "Whats the movie about? Good question, you've seen it right? What's it about? Just a guy's life" ha ha)
So, in the interest of effective promotion, Rob had to see a final cut and since he has had NO TIME to do so until now, being overseas filming, that is what he did Thursday evening.
I have removed the post from the temp. at the theatre who stupidly posted her account on everything about the screening including details as to who she was (I am certain this mornings meeting wasn't a good one) because she emailed me and asked nicely for it to be removed, recognizing her own stupidity in thinking it wouldn't be plastered all over every fansite in the Twilight World.
Bottom Line is the Twilight crew have left Vancouver and now we move forward, despite drama with various levels of truth.
So, with that, I would like to end with three things I am sure of:
#1-Don't believe everything you read
#2-Know that PR people are PAID to smooth things over
#3-Trust that the movie will come out and we will all go see it and all have different opinions on what we like and don't like.
These are the things I am sure of!
If you missed it:
Day #3 Set Report.
Day #2 Set Report.
Day #1 Set Report.