November 15, 2011

The challenge of creating Renesmee

The teasers and trailers for the latest Twilight installment, Breaking Dawn, reveal the basic plotline for the first half of Stephenie Meyer’s book: Bella finally walks down the aisle to marry her vampire boyfriend Edward; they set off on their Honeymoon, which they both seem to thoroughly enjoy; and of course, Bella falls pregnant.

The wait is almost over for fans, who will be flocking to cinemas this week to see the ensuing dramas and tragedies unfold – in particular, fans are just dying to see Mackenzie Foy as Edward and Bella’s half human-half vampire baby, Renesmee.

Now, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up to see too much of Foy in Part 1 of Breaking Dawn… although the young actress is listed as a cast member of Part 1, we all know that Renesmee's birth doesn't occur until halfway through the book.  It’s likely that fans will have to wait until the second installment in November 2012 to really see her in action.

There has been much discussion about the technical challenges of creating Renesmee, the little girl with ringlets of shiny bronze-colored hair and chocolate-brown, adult-like eyes, who ages at lightning speed and implants thoughts in people’s mind with a single touch.

Sheri Reed at ‘The Stir’ reported that Renesmee’s ageing will be pulled off with special effects, similar to those used on Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. So basically, Foy’s face and expressions will be superimposed on the bodies of three other actresses of different ages.

That’s all well and good, but I’m more interested to see how Taylor Lautner’s character Jacob Black will ‘imprint’ on little Renesmee without it looking a little creepy.

When you get a chance to see Breaking Dawn, let me know what you think. Did Mackenzie Foy bowl you over as Renesmee, or is it a case of what works on the page doesn’t quite feel right on the screen?


  1. I will be seeing this film this weekend, but frankly I hated that subplot in the book and DID find it creepy (to be honest, "Breaking Dawn" is what turned me off of the entire franchise altogether!). I don't know what will happen with this film, actually -- even Robert Pattinson has said it's much more like a horror film than a romance!

  2. I am not a fan of Twilight, but I like this post and am interested to see peoples comments, cause I wont be seeing the movie!