Three Film Grads on ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1,’ Including Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Cainas

The Twilight movie series has had a hugely successful run since the first book adaptation hit theaters in 2008, grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide through three films. The franchise is getting ready to draw to a close over the next year, with the final novel, Breaking Dawn, split into two separate films.

The first of these, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is being released on November 18, and was produced with the help of 2010 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cainas as production coordinator. Steve graduated from our Film program in 1992, and has built a successful career on films like Knight & Day and Fame, as well as ABC’s hit series Lost.

For Twilight, Steve was responsible for planning the logistics of the shoot, which spanned such diverse locations as Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rio de Janeiro. He was also supported by a pair of recent Film graduates, with Joe Hagg (2009) as key office assistant, and Jesse Goodman (2010) as office production assistant.

Speaking about his work alongside the cast and crew, Steve recently explained, “Breaking Dawn was an invaluable working experience. I felt like I gained a great family of distinction, brilliance, fun and friendship.”

As both two Breaking Dawn films were shot back-to-back, the same team also worked on the last chapter, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, which will be released in theaters next year on November 16, 2012. Looking back at the lengthy shoot, Steve expressed his pride in helping bring the entertainment milestone to a fitting close.

“It was such a privilege to be a part of this pop culture digression and Twi-phenomenon,” he said. “To have worked collectively for a year along side such talented filmmakers like Bill Condon allowed me to grow both as a person and in my career.”

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