It also cemented Twilight as a tastemaking force, paving the way not just for four more Twilights soundtracks loaded with original material, but also future blockbuster series like The Hunger Games , which similarly used acclaimed artists to widen its appeal beyond the YA crowd. Alexandra Patsavas, music supervisor and producer : At that time, I had done some features, but a lot of my work had been in television. Not all of them were published at that point, so I just remember going as far as I could.
You never lose certain things in your life. Nancy Kirkpatrick, former president of worldwide marketing, Summit Entertainment : I always look at all the different ways you can touch the audience. And when you are talking about young females -- which was [whom] we had to get worked into a frenzy -- the music they listen to was really important.
So, to me, the soundtrack had to not just be an extension of the movie, but it also needed to create an extension of the marketing and the audience. It was really all about the feel of the music. Kirkpatrick : For me, as a true fan, to get to be in charge of a lot of that stuff was super fun, because, like, what would I want? The easiest way to approach the bands was setting up an environment that was just artist-to-artist.
Catherine [the director] was able to speak with these bands, and we were able to send footage and explain how music was going to be used as a character. I think she came up with that possibly before the movie even shot. I'm not actually sure of that, but by the time we were in post, that song was already living in the cut. Beam : To this day, people still call that song out in concerts. Kirkpatrick: Every band was so unbelievably cool. Patsavas : I remember early conversations with [Hayley Williams] before she saw the film.
Atlantic was starting to break [them], and I was speaking to Hayley when she came by the office at one point. I had stacks of the books, because I was basically giving them to everybody who walked into my office like a crazy person. Over the course of the rest of the movies, we had many, many artists in the cutting room. Paramore was almost like a voice to the reader of this book as well, because we saw an immediate reaction. They were on the brink. Kirkpatrick : Hayley [first] came into my office with her mother. She was a girl with a guitar.
And by the time the movie came out, you know, she was Paramore. You want to do a physical piece? Kirkpatrick : The Hot Topic partnership was just perfect. It spoke so well to this property. They did those mall events -- I think we had bands play in a couple of the mall events. At the first mall event in a suburb of San Francisco, they had to close the mall because there were so many people there.
Patsavas : You could feel the presence of the movie before it was released. It was palpable, the excitement for the movie. It was just insanity. Tortella : The Twilight soundtrack entered at No. I knew it would do well. I mean, those songs are good! Alex set the stage for volumes two, three and four to be all-exclusive material. Patsavas : It was a wonderful time.
It feels like it just happened. This was so special, because it was really a franchise driven by women, and it proved that a giant franchise could be driven by women. That was just thrilling.
It started a whole trend, which is also pretty exciting. When I was reading the book, I knew what it felt like to be that age again.
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