Twilight Girl Portland

Portland will forever be associated with the beginning of the Twilight Saga. The city and its surrounding areas are featured throughout the films. I hope to share some of the sights and sounds of the Portland Twilight Connection.

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TWILIGHT BOOK LOCATION FORKS HIGH SCHOOL

Forks High School is a prominent location through out the Twilight Saga. The school is located  near the main street going through Forks, Washington. It was recently renovated and replaced and now stands as a beautiful new high school for about 400 students. When I visited on SMD the school set up tours given by high school students. They had fun taking us throughout the school to all of “Bellas” school classes, cafeteria, gym and even her locker. There is even a display of Twilight books in the library. Robert Pattinson is also represented with the book of Water For Elephants. This is just a few of my photos. You can see them all on my facebook page twilightgirlportland.       

OREGON FILM TRAIL TWILIGHT SIGNS

There are currently 4 sign markers placed around the state to mark the filming locations for the first movie Twilight. The first was placed at Ecola State Park, Indian Beach. Oregon Film Trail continues at Ecola State Park.-Two signs and a map panel are installed, honoring Ecola State Park’s starring role as a location in Twilight, Point Break, The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop.Ecola State Park, Oregon 14th, 2019The Oregon Film Trail, designed to showcase iconic and interesting film locations in the state, will be unveiling two more signs and a map panel at Ecola State Park on October 14th at 1pm. The signs mark four different filming locations related to the now-classic feature films; Twilight, Point Break, The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop.The signs feature facts and anecdotes about the films. Some visual cues have been added to the map panel, designed to link Astoria and the north coast to the Ecola locations, to encourage visitors to travel the Trail to see other areas. Dating back to 1909, Oregon has a rich and interesting film history with over 450 feature films & television shows that have utilized thousands of locations around the state for a wide variety of production backdrops. Today, Oregon continues to be a destination for creative media producers from around the world. From Emmy winning television productions, to Oscar nominated feature films; world-class animated films to award winning interactive games – Oregon is a brand unto itself. Oregon Film, in partnership with the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, created the Oregon Film Trail featuring signage located at strategic points around the state. The creation of the Trail aims to strengthen the correlation between the film/TV industry, economic development, and tourism. The signs at Ecola State Park were a collaborative partnership between the Oregon Film Office (partnered with the Oregon Made Creative Foundation) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and were funded by Oregon Coast Visitors Association __________________ Another new Oregon Film Trail sign was placed in the city square in St. Helens. There are several filming locations in the St. Helens area. _______________ Oregon Film Trail Unveils New Sign In Silver Falls State Park-An Oregon Film Trail sign for Silver Falls State Park, celebrating the starring role the park played as a location in Twilight.Silver Falls State Park, August 2020The 15th sign on the Oregon Film Trail will be installed this month at the Howard Creek Trailhead parking lot near the campground. This sign marks filming locations related to the popular romantic vampire fantasy feature film, Twilight, that was based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and was the first film in this popular saga series. Visitors and movie fans will be able to stand next to the sign and see one of the Twilight locations behind them (the opening deer hunting scene) among others close by that filmed in the Park. Other films have used Silver Falls State Park as a filming location, such as the William Friedkin thriller, The Hunted, the horror movie, Just Before Dawn and the opening scenes from Warner Bros. animated feature, Yogi Bear. ____________________ Wednesday, May 5, 2021Oregon Film Trail Unveils New Sign In Oregon CityA new Oregon Film Trail sign has been installed and was unveiled today in Oregon City, honoring the town’s starring role as a location in the popular teen drama, Twilight. It sits along the McLoughlin Promenade, overlooking the former Blue Heron paper mill where scenes from the iconic vampire movie were shot. The Mill has also been featured in The Hunted and Grimm. The Works Progress Administration-era Promenade has itself been featured in scenes from The Librarians and Trinkets.The current pandemic situation didn’t allow for a large public dedication but instead, City officials and local tourism advocates attended a photo opportunity with the sign at the dedication. Oregon Film was there to help celebrate and welcome the 27th sign to the Oregon Film Trail. The sign was placed along the Promenade’s walking path, with an extraordinary view of the mill, Downtown Oregon City and the Willamette River. The Downtown has itself been the used in the filming of movies that include Bandits and Homer and Eddie. Thank you to Oregon Film and the Historial Oregon Film Trail for providing this updated information on the new Twilight filming locations signs. Clilck here to learn more about the Oregon Film Trail,

NEW MOON FILMING LOCATION: CULLEN HOUSE INT ONLY NORTH VANCOUVER

This home in North Vancouver was only used for the interior in New Moon. The Birthday Party was filmed here for Bella. It is a private residence with a street view.

ECLIPSE FILMING LOCATION: WHYTECLIFF PARK

Whytecliff Park is located in West Vancouver near Horseshoe Bay. Its a beautiful public park with a small beach and the rock cliffs you can walk on and enjoy the lovely views. The cliff was used for the jump with Victoria and Bella into the water. This area was used for only the top part of the jump off the cliffs.

Bella Swan House NM/E/BD Filming Location

The home for the Swan family was built at a park in Surrey BC.  Its located just southeast of Vancouver BC. After the filming the house was deconstructed so that all that remains is an empty space on one side of the park. The house was slightly different than the one used for the first Twilight movie to accommodate the filming.  

BREAKING DAWN 1 FILMING ORPHEUM THEATER

The historic Orpheum Theater in Vancouver BC, was used for the flashback scene with Edward. They used the inside of the theater along with the balcony walkway and a stairway. I came across this article from the Examiner which was written at the time of the filming. Better known as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the historic Orpheum Theatre will tomorrow – Monday, March 13, 2011 – purportedly serve as the latest ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ movie location. Lead actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are expected to arrive at the theater around 5:30 a.m., and one can assume the break-of-dawn start is designed to minimize and discourage disruption by fans and curiosity seekers.

BD 2 FILMING LOCATION BELLAS DRIVE

In the last movie of the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn part 2 Bella drives to Charlies house and drops off Renesmee and then she drives into “Seattle” for a meeting. After her meeting she is shown driving back to “Forks” and rethinking everything that she just learned from Mr. Jenks. For the filming they used the Sea-To-Sky Hwy which runs from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond. They used a stretch of it that is accessible at the Porteau Road exit overpass. This is right between Vancouver and Squamish BC. We drove the highway from Vancouver to Pemberton area which is the location of the Denali house. Its a beautiful highway which follows the river and allows you to view all the tall mountaintops.

NM/E/BD Motorcycle/Meadows Widgeon Slough

One of the my favorite locations in the movies is when Bella and Jacob go out for her motorcycle riding. They are on a dirt road surrounded by beautiful mountains and water behind them. This location proved to be tricky to locate. I found out that they filmed the meadow for the last four movies in this area too. We read that it was at an area called the Widgeon Slough located off of Siwash Island in the Widgeon Slough National Wildlife Area. you can search for Pitt Lake Canoe Adventures on google maps and it takes you to this area.  When we located this on a map it was right along the Pitt River at the base of the mountains. The road leading out to the area was privately owned and gated and the only way to get to the exact filming roadway was to take a canoe or kayak from the Pitt River and paddle up the slough.

BD 2 Movie Location Stawamus Chief

The rock face stands out right along the Sea To Sky Highway near Squamish going north to Whistler from Vancouver BC. There is a pull off area that you can stop at to see it up close. The best views were from the Squamish area. The rock face was used in Breaking Dawn Part 2 when Bella smelled the guy climbing it and took off running after him. She leaps up onto a ledge on the rock and Edward follows. She then leaps off and takes off running. I am not sure how much of the scene was real or done with a green screen. The rock face is huge and stands tall above the river. It definitely made for a realistic background view for the movie.        

NM/E/BD JACOBS HOUSE COQUITLAM BC

By far this was the most exciting location to find. The location was easy to come by and it proved to be easy to find. We drove out of Coquitlam on Quarry Rd. until we came to Gilley’s Trail Rd. As we turned the corner the house came into view. It stands on a large property that is fenced and includes the barn/garage next to the house. There is mostly grass surrounding the house and barn but it rolls down to tall fir trees behind the house. I dont believe anyone is currently living in the house as we just saw several goats behind the fences. The house looked much the same as in Breaking Dawn with the blue tarp still on parts of the roof. The house and barn are still painted dark red. It was very awesome just standing and taking in the whole property and thinking of all the scenes that were filmed there. The house appears in all the movies except the first Twilight movie filmed in Oregon.