Baton Rouge begins to say goodbye to Twilight Saga

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -The release of Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the start of a long goodbye between fans and their favorite vampires, and Baton Rouge has a big part in the final days of the saga.

Patrick Mulhearn with the Celtic Media Center of Baton Rouge says the cast and crew filmed at their studios and around Baton Rouge for about seven months.  He says it was incredible to witness the production and an honor for local actors and actresses to get a coveted spot in front of the camera.

"Unfortunately, they didn't have a lot of scenes that required dozens of hundreds of extras, so it was pretty much a privilege if you got to be on Twilight," said Mulhearn.

When LSU grad student Ashley Hebert got the call to be an extra, she took off three weeks from work to rub elbows with the most famous vampires in the world.

"They cast me, and we went through the confidentiality agreement process because it was very hush-hush about where we were filming and what we were filming," said Hebert.

Hebert says her colleagues on the film gave Baton Rouge rave reviews.

"No one else can get it done like we do, this is Hollywood South, and I'm glad that Baton Rouge had the opportunity to do so," said Hebert.

The final installment in the Twilight Saga hits theaters Friday.