'Breaking Dawn' Gets $500K from RioFilme: Rio Postcard Shots

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson dancing in Rio de Janeiro Lapa
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson dancing in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district

RioFilme is investing US$500,000 on the production of Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, currently being filmed in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

RioFilme's $500,000, in fact, were an added incentive for Summit to shoot several Breaking Dawn segments in Brazil. Director Bill Condon, producer Wyck Godfrey, producer-writer Stephenie Meyer, and stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have all traveled to Brazil for a ten-day (or so) shoot.

The money will be spent on two scenes of indeterminate length featuring “postcard images” of Rio de Janeiro.

According to RioFilme director-president Sérgio Sá Leitão, production of Breaking Dawn in Rio will generate US$3 million in revenues to the state (minus the US$500,000?), in addition to the creation of 500 jobs – including one for Brazilian model Raphael Martins, Robert Pattinson's Brazilian stand-in.

RioFilme will have at its disposal US$3 million per year to invest on such international projects. Leitão ads that RioFilme “will only invest in movies that show Rio in a very favorable light.”

In Breaking Dawn, a tropical islet off the coast of Rio – Isle Esme – is the setting of Pattinson's vampire Edward Cullen and Stewart's human Bella Swan Cullen's honeymoon. That's when Bella discovers she's pregnant, a situation that leads to all sorts of trouble once the Cullens return to Washington State.

Photo: AgNews

Source: Folha de São Paulo

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