Thursday, September 10, 2009

PLT's EXCLUSIVE interview with York Baur, producer of "Twilight in Forks- The Saga of the Real Town"

I was very fortunate in receiving an interview from York Baur, producer of the soon-to-be-released "Twilight in Forks - The Saga of the Real Town". Here's a portion of the press release for the DVD:

Filmed in HD by three-time Emmy Award-winning Director Jason Brown, Twilight in Forks – The Saga of the Real Town, documents the story of the rainiest city in the U.S. – Forks – and the untold tales of its hidden history, culture and mysticism. Since the Twilight movies were not filmed in Forks, this is the chance for fans to see where Stephenie Meyer based her epic teen romance novels.

Are there truly vampires and werewolves in and around Forks? Hear from the real people living their lives in the town Twilight fans know and love. Fans will meet the Chief of Police and hear as he recounts the meal he cooked for Stephenie Meyer, the Forks Outfitters’ employee who gets mistaken for Bella, the vampire transplant who plays the real-life role of Alice, hear self-described Jacob’s grandfather tell the legend of how the Quileutes descended from wolves, and many more of the people and places, including the Cullen House, Swan House and police station, that make Forks the perfect setting for the Twilight Series. 

My interview with York:

How and why did you end up becoming the producer of "Twilight in Forks"?

I been spending summers in the Forks area for the last 40 years, and I’m absolutely in love with it. When I found out that the Twilight Saga was set in Forks, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to expose the real Forks to the world through the lens of the Twilight Phenomenon.

Do you feel that this movie will bring even more audiences to the Twilight books and film(s)?

We certainly hope so. Stephenie Meyer herself talks about how unique the town of Forks is, and we believe that new fans and audiences the world over will fall in love with it once they see the rich culture, amazing people, and unbelievable beauty of the area. The local people in our movie are as varied and interesting as the characters in the story, and are now joined together due to the incredible popularity of the books and movies.

How did your background in the Pacific Northwest region influence your role in creating this movie?

Being local was definitely a big factor. I’ve watched Forks evolve throughout my life, and have great friendships with people in the area, so it was natural to go ahead with this project. The Pacific Northwest has always been an area that combines incredible natural beauty with an entrepreneurial, self-reliant culture, and Forks epitomizes those qualities.

What enhancements do you think the setting of Forks adds to the Twilight books and films that are unique to the town? Do you think Stephenie Meyer made the right choice in choosing the town?

We keep using the word “unique” for a reason. Stephenie initially chose Forks due to the fact that it’s the rainiest town in the lower 48 states – 10 feet of rain per year! That’s certainly what makes it so beautiful, but what most people don’t realize is how remote it is as well, which I think is a key element in the Twilight story. For example, Forks is closer to outer space (62 miles) than the nearest WalMart (67 miles). The nearest town is Port Angeles, and it’s 60 miles away. In fact, the whole county which is essentially the whole northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula has only 69,000 permanent residents.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about Forks while working on the documentary?

Since we already knew Forks pretty well ourselves, the thing that stood out to us was the depth of the fan base, and the lengths they’d go to in order to see the real Forks. We met people from literally all around the world, and each one of them had a story of how Twilight had touched them, and how their trip to Forks had been a personal journey of discovery. It’s exactly this same journey of discovery that we’ve tried to put into our movie for millions of fans around the world to enjoy.

The film comes out on DVD October 15th. Go pre-order it and find out more info here!

And keep an eye out for a giveaway of the DVD when it does come out, right here on PLT!

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