3/12/2009

Fan-made trailer for New Moon earns approval of Twilight fans



It’s not long now until director Chris Weitz will sink his teeth into the vampire romance of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, with shooting on the sequel set to kick off sometime this month (the 23rd according to Stewart). And they’d better get a wriggle on with the official release date (20th November in the US, a week later on the 27th for us here in the UK) already confirmed for the Twilight sequel. However unable to wait for an official sneak peak at the film, Twifans all over the world have been going nuts on video site YouTube making their own fan-made trailers in the countdown to November. Some are inevitably better than others, but one that has stood out amongst fans is the one produced by tiffanyd666.

Since the two-minute video was added last summer, it’s tallied up nearly four million views and is still going strong. The popularity for this trailer is unprecedented, with it becoming the 93rd most favourited clip on the site and the ninth top rated clip in the Film & Animation category. And there’s no questioning tiffanyd666’s devotion to the Stephenie Meyer novels as her profile page is chock-a-block with Twilight fan-mania. Her favourite music is Brit rock band Muse, a credited inspiration for Meyer with their anthem “Supermassive Black Hole” a fantastic backdrop to the Cullen baseball scene and her favourite books? Take a wild guess.

What may surprise you is that this YouTube phenomenon isn’t made by some Hollywood mogul with an alias, but is actually made by a 19-year-old Australian named Tiffany. And with over 10,000 subscribers and over 3,500 on her friends list, we’d hazard a guess and say people like her trailers.

The trailer itself has to be commended, it looks and feels like a real movie trailer making incredible use of footage from previous films starring Kristen Stewart such as The Messengers and Speak. One major change that fans will notice though is that the beloved character of Jacob Black is portrayed by Steve Strait (10,000 BC) instead of Taylor Lautner who played the role in Twilight and after much public debate secured the role once again for New Moon. Why? Simply because there isn’t much footage of Lautner online, what with him being quite the newcomer, although fans aren’t too upset as Strait was actually Stephenie Meyer’s first choice for the role of Jacob.

Supporters of the video have been eager to heap praise on the trailer with comments including: “This is the best fan-made trailer I’ve seen,” and “Wow! This video is great. If it hadn’t said “fan-made” I never would have guessed. Awesome job!”

With slick editing and sweeping music, the fan-made trailer really gives you goose bumps and it will be interesting to see just how well the real trailer performs in comparison. One thing is known for sure though, The Twilight Saga: New Moon release date is definitely on the Boxwish calendar.

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