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Twilight: Director's Notebook is a book by director Catherine Hardwicke, which was released March 17, 2009 from Little, Brown and Company. This book is a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of Twilight, and includes images and notes from Hardwicke herself.[1]


Based around the making of the first film, the book gives a tour of the work that went into the first film, Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. The Director's Notebook, handwritten by Catherine Hardwicke (director of Twilight), is full of photos, sketches and sayings. It has ideas and thoughts some of which are in the film some of them not. It show some of the more difficult scenes to make and what had to be changed.

The book's sections are as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Inspiration
  3. Character Development
  4. Planning the Scene
  5. The Van Crash
  6. The Meadow
  7. The Treetops
  8. The Baseball Game
  9. The Ballet Studio
  10. Visual Effects
  11. Misery
  12. Twilight Mania
  13. Credits

On the first page of the book, Hardwicke, says "In January of 2007, I bought a copy of Twilight - and devoured it. This is a photo of how my book looks now: dozens of post-its, underlined passages, hundreds of highlighted favorite lines with notes like "this has to be in the movie!" My challenge was to translate this to film. How to take Stephenie's powerful emotions - delirious, obsessive, hypnotic, profound love and put that on screen. Make you feel what she makes you feel when you read her novels - when you let yourself get swept away with Bella and Edward ... when you imagine the Cullens - a vegetarian vampire clan living secretly in the Pacific rain forest ... full of ancient tree trunks covered in moss and ground covered in ferns. And fog - always deep, thick mysterious fog. In this book, I try to show fans and aspiring film-makers the process that my crew and I went through while making Twilight. Catherine."

In every page there are color photos with annotations.


  • Hardwicke, Catherine. Twilight: Directors Notebook. Little Brown Book Group, 2009.