Academy of Art University Hosts 'The Making of Twilight'

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Students Go Behind the Scenes with Director Catherine Hardwicke

Academy of Art University film school students will get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the making of the blockbuster film Twilight starring Kristen Stewart (Jumper) and Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Twilight Director Catherine Hardwicke and Cinematographer Elliot Davis will meet with students this Friday, April 24, for a two hour lecture and Q/A session at the Academy's flagship building in San Francisco at 79 New Montgomery Street.

Based on Stephenie Meyer's New York Times Best Selling book series, Twilight, the movie and its upcoming sequel New Moon have captured audiences around the world. Hardwicke has several film credits to her name, including Lords of Dogtown (director) and Vanilla Sky (production designer). Davis has worked as cinematographer on films like Lords of Dogtown, White Oleander and 40 Days and 40 Nights.

Film school students are thrilled about the opportunity to speak with the makers of such high profile projects. Just days after the Academy's 3rd Annual Epidemic Film Festival, which featured three panels packed with industry professionals, the Twilight lecture is one of many events the Academy sponsors for its students.

Academy of Art University film school students explore a variety of genres in a professional environment. From a fully equipped set to cutting-edge technology, the Academy provides the most realistic and thorough training available to students today. A variety of courses are offered in producing, directing, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, screenwriting and acting. Under the guidance of industry experts, the school helps students master the art of cinematic storytelling.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco


With over 13,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 13 different majors, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, fashion journalism, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Multimedia Communications is the school's newest major, offering BA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

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