Laura Byrne-Cristiano is a co-owner of The Twilight Lexicon, the longest continuously operating Twilight Saga fansite on the web. You can read her Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn column here on Movies.com every other Thursday.
To get the full Comic Con experience when it comes to The Twilight Saga you need to get in the trenches. With that in mind, I camped along with my fellow fans starting Tuesday afternoon for the 11:15 am, Thursday, July 21st panel. I found myself roughly fan number 155 in line. After two nights on lumpy ground, with freight trains going by at 3:00 am, I can honestly say it was worth it to see what Summit Entertainment and director Bill Condon were able to deliver.
By my estimate, there were around 1,000 fans lined up by 5:30 am.The line swelled to near capacity, 6,500 fans, by 10:00 am. The fun started at around 6:30 am, no doubt timed for the literal breaking of dawn. Summit Entertainment staffers came down the line and treated fans to Breaking Dawn coffee tumblers and posters. Next, carts of muffins, fruit, water and juice came down the line to feed hungry and thirsty fans. The best part, or so fans thought, was when cast members Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Booboo Stewart, and Julia Jones came through autographing for fans and posing for pictures with them. Just when actors went off to do their morning press conference, there was one more surprise. Staffers again came down the line with a bag that had tickets in it. If you drew out a marked ticket, you would be able to get autographs with the entire cast after that panel in Hall H. This would include that actors who were outside and Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
Hall H at Comic Con fits about 6,500 people it was filled mainly with Twilight fans since, unlike other years, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was the first panel of the day. By this point, I'm used to the ear-splitting screams that erupts wherever Robert Pattinson comes into view---or so I thought. As soon as Bill Condon, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart took the stage, I'm pretty sure the people in Petco Park across the street heard us.
There were two clips shown totaling roughly seven minutes of movie footage. They were wise in having footage that would please fans from both Team Edward and Team Jacob.
The first clip was of Jacob and his wolf pack. It showed Jake, Seth, and Leah protecting Cullen land from Sam's pack. Jacob talks to Carlise and Esme about Carlise needing to get more blood for Bella, but also the Cullen family's need to feed, and how that is a problem due to the other wolves. It then flips to a scene with Jake confronting his former pack stating that he wants them to take Seth and Leah back. It wraps with Jake stating that he'll take care of the problem, meaning Bella's child, when the time comes because the Cullens trust him.
The second clip featured a part of the much anticipated honeymoon sequence that was shot on location in Brazil. In the clip, Edward carrying Bella over threshold. Bella then asks for a "human moment" as Edward leaves for the secluded beach. You then see Bella in a complete state of jitters brushing her teeth, shaving her legs, and going through clothes. Thanks to Alice each outfit is skimpier than the next sending Bella into a panic. Finally she overcomes her nerves, goes down to the beach, drops the towel she is wearing, and presumably join Edward in the water.
There were a couple of memorable moments during the Q & A that refreshingly were not interrupted by shouts of "I love you, Rob!"
-- Bill Condon joked he quickly imprinted on the material.
-- Kristen Stewart stated that she had looked forward to the wedding scene for four years. It was the last to film. She was locked in a room in her dress to protect the secrecy.
-- According to Robert Pattinson, Brazil was beautiful the first day of filming, but had hurricane-like weather other days. He joked that it was like a honeymoon in England.
-- In his Comic Con debut, Bill Condon had to deliver. He had to top the the Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon panels. Clearly he delivered and then some. Bill Condon's biggest problem is going to be topping himself at next year's Comic Con.
Just 119 days left until fans can see more than seven minutes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.