Grads Help Bring ‘The Twilight Saga’ to an End

The Twilight Saga draws to a close today with the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final entry in a film franchise that has already grossed over $2 billion globally. While it may be a bittersweet moment for fans, we’re proud to see that 11 Full Sail graduates had a hand in bringing this epic conclusion to screens.

Among this talented group was Steve Cainas, a 1992 Film graduate and inductee of the Full Sail Hall of Fame. Steve is a veteran Hollywood production coordinator, and previously handled the same position on the first chapter of Breaking Dawn. Checking in with us shortly before the final film’s release, he spoke about the warmth and camaraderie he experienced while working on the Twilight series under the guidance of director Bill Condon.

“Hands down, Bill Condon is the kindest man you will ever meet,” Steve says. “It really sets the tone for the rest of the crew, when your top guy is caring, considerate, and enduring. We also had a sizable group of Full Sail grads that were part of our journey, and for the year we were all together it truly felt like a family between the cast and crew.”

Part of the Full Sail family was Althea Gata (Computer Animation, 2009), who worked on Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as an animator at Santa Monica visual effects studio Hydraulx. Speaking with us after production wrapped, she explained how rewarding it was to be a part of such a visually rich series, especially one with this large a fan base.

“When the first trailer came out it was really inspiring because it looked so great, and I knew we all did a good job,” she says. “Then later you’ll talk to someone about it and find out that they’re huge fans of the franchise, and they get so excited. It’s always nice to know that what you worked on is appreciated by people.”

Computer Animation grad Sean Hitchcock (2009) was another contributor to the Hydraulx team – having worked as junior compositor – and shared his own confidence in the effort they put into the project. As he explained, fans were in good hands with this final gathering of Edward, Bella, and Jacob.

“The whole Twilight series captured a certain demographic at the right time, and they’re loyal, rabid followers,” he says. “It was a good experience for me, everything we did looked great, and the fans will definitely like it. We didn’t disappoint anybody, and I think it’s going to do really well.”

The 11 Full Sail alumni who contributed to the film are:

  • Chuck Bennethum (Production Assistant; Film/Entertainment Business, 2010)
  • Steve Cainas (Production Coordinator; Film, 2000)
  • Zane Crump (Production Assistant; Film, 2009)
  • Althea Suarez Gata (Animator; Computer Animation, 2009)
  • Judah Getz (ADR Mixer; Recording Arts, 2006)
  • Jesse Goodman (Production Assistant; Film, 2010)
  • Joe Hagg (Office Production Assistant; Film, 2009)
  • Sara Hartman (Production Assistant; Film, 2010)
  • Sean Hitchcock (Junior Compositor; Computer Animation, 2009)
  • Stephanie Sousa (Electrician; Film, 2009)
  • Mark Wright (Visual Effects Editor; Film, 2011)



2 thoughts on “Grads Help Bring ‘The Twilight Saga’ to an End

  1. I’m so jealous, but so happy for these colleagues. I LOVED the film. Saw it last night, seriously, what an amazing experience it was to watch that film, and freak out at the right parts, lol! Thank you guys, you are awesome, and worthy of admiration. Have a great one!

  2. Avatar Kaylee Keith says:

    This is crazy. I just finished watching the last movie and got inspired by the visual creativity. When I saw the beginning of the movie my heart skipped a beat. I loved how the designers incorporated the crystalized snowflakes & the blood to represent the story of Bella & Edward. To me the visual aesthetics were what made the film. This visual buffet spurred my imagination, jumpstarted my creativity, and created a desire to learn! I’ve decided to take the plunge all because of this montage. I am so excited about going to study with Full Sail! Thank you for this creative burst of design students!!!!

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