Movie filming in Kalama creates a fantasy 'Forks' but shooting at LaPush will be real
By Paige Dickerson, Peninsula Daily News
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The film crew has nearly finished filming at Kalama Middle High School, which was transformed into Forks High School for the movie.
Filming at the beach in LaPush will take place on April 24, with the possibility of a couple of days of filming.
The movie is based on the best-selling series by Arizona writer Stephenie Meyer.
The series — beginning with Twilight — follows the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to Forks to live with her police chief father, Charlie Swan, when her mother remarries.
While still adjusting to the cloud-covered, rainy town, she meets and falls in love with the enigmatic and pale Edward Cullen whom she later discovers is a vampire.
The book is followed by New Moon and Eclipse. The fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn, will be released in August.
Exactly what will be filmed at LaPush is not yet clear, but in the book a central scene — in which Bella's Quileute friend Jacob reveals that Edward is really a vampire — takes place at First Beach.
There have been hints that the movie will become a movie franchise, or series, but there has been no confirmation from the studio about that.
The transformation of Kalama Middle High School into Forks was not an extensive overhaul.
It was all in the details.
Kalama Middle School Principal Mike Hamilton said the crew added a couple of signs, used large stickers of the Forks Spartan mascot on the gym floor and made other minor tweaks for the transformation.
Many scenes in the book — how many changes are in the movie script are unknown so far — are at the high school where Edward and Bella first meet.
A hospital room set was built in the wrestling room of Kalalma High School for a key scene of the movie.
A description of the hospital room scene would give away key details of the ending of the book.
"We didn't make a whole lot of changes aside from the sign and adding some additional green and foliage," said Catherine Kagan, assistant site director for the film.
"The school has really been amazingly cooperative — they have really made it happen for us."
The movie is being made by Summit Entertainment and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Robert Pattinson — whose claim to fame was his role as Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter — will play the gold-eyed vampire Edward.
Kristen Stewart — who starred alongside Meg Ryan in "In the Land of Women" and was recently in "The Messengers" — will be Bella.
Jacob, the Quileute native who lives in LaPush and is Bella's best friend, will be played by Taylor Lautner — from "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl."
Kalama Middle School — home to about 575 students — might see one more day of filming Hamilton said.
Watching the filming was an interesting process both for him and his students, he said.
Particularly scenes which demand a cloudy cover in the slightly sunnier Kalama led to quick thinking on the part of the production staff, Hamilton said.
"When the sun would peek through, they would switch to a different scene or do some rehearsals until the cloud cover came back," he said.
"The students were really excited about all this.
"It was very interesting to them, and to us, about the whole process of producing a movie.
"A lot of them I talked to had no idea how tedious filming scenes could be.
"One scene they did 24 or 25 takes, and it took them a little over four hours to shoot just that small part of the movie."
In all, filming of the movie — which began on Feb. 25 — is expected to last a total of 50 days.
The film is expected to be ready for a Christmas season release.
Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: March 25. 2008 9:00PM