‘Breaking Dawn’ Birth Scene: Director Bill Condon Reveals His One Filming Rule

It’s no secret that the final chapter of “The Twilight Saga” includes a heck of a payoff: the blessed-slash-horrifying birth of Bella and Edward’s baby! And since we’ve been chatting with “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon, we had to ask the obvious question: How do you film a vampire baby busting its way out of the womb without violating every tenet of PG-13 movie-making (not to mention every law of human decency)?


Turns out, Bill had a brilliant idea for keeping it real without making it gross: “I just gave myself one rule, which was let’s only see what Bella can see, lying there. So all this stuff is happening, she’s seeing it from her point of view—she can look around, she can look up.”

Smart! So, we can expect a scene that’s true in every way to the book—but not so graphic that it’ll give you nightmares. And Bill assured us that “you’ll get to experience every moment of that birth, including things that, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know exactly what that image means… I think you’ll get a very visceral experience.”

What are you expecting from the big birthin’ scene? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!