The Sound of Love: Chapter 1
Summary: Superstar Rob Pattinson, falls in love with the beautiful and talented Twilight soundtrack producer, Bella Jordan. Their love story includes a very romantic marriage proposal, a battle with a psychotic who believes she is the vampire, Victoria & lemons.
Author's Note: A special thank you to my Beta reader: Cullen818.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended. Dave Matthews Band owns the lyrics to the song, "You and Me."
I walked onto the Twilight set not expecting much of a challenge. I was the Supervising Sound Editor, which meant I was responsible for every noise heard while watching the movie, including music and special effects. Vampires and love stories were not my specialty. I worked my way up through Industrial Light and Magic while they were producing the last two Star Wars movies, so I tended to get calls for Science Fiction. However, Cath, the director, was an old family friend and asked me to come on board. She was over the top excited about this movie, so I couldn't say no. She told me that since my name was also Bella, it was clearly my destiny to work on this film. O-kaaay.
Normally, the bulk of my work comes in post production, but Cath was so determined to make this movie a box office phenomenon that she asked me to come on board right away and add sound for the daily screenings.
Vampires have never been my thing. I saw the stage version of "Dracula" when I was a teenager and didn't sleep for weeks afterward. So when my friends told me about their teenage girls being addicted to the Twilight books, I was not tempted to read them. When Cath sent me the script, I reluctantly picked it up and could not put it down. I immediately went to Barnes & Noble and bought the series, and my life stopped while I read all 4 books in 4 days. After that, I would have begged Cath to let me work on the movie.Cath sent me photos and bios of the cast as well as the resumes of the key crew members. I would bring my usual team on board a little later into production. I had seen Kristen Stewart's work and thought she was the perfect choice for Bella. I didn?t know anything about Rob Pattinson except that he had been in a Harry Potter movie. However, Cath said she and Kristen knew right away that he was perfect for the part. My experience with young and handsome movie stars was that their egos usually far outweighed their talent. I hoped this movie would be different.
Cath spotted me, bounded over and grabbed me in a bear hug.
"Well, hello!" I said, when I could breathe again. "It's good to see you too!?
"I'm so glad you're here!" she chirped. "This movie is going to be the best thing I've ever done. I'm so excited!"
"You know, Cath, I've figured out why Stephenie wanted you to direct so badly."
"Because of my awesome talent"? she asked.
"Well that goes without saying. However, besides that," I replied."What?" she asked.
"You ARE Alice," I laughed.
"I am not! How am I Alice? I'm not psychic. I don't have spiky black hair. I'm not a vampire!"
"OK, I'll concede those points. However, you do have more enthusiasm and joy oozing from your being than any other HUMAN on the planet."
She laughed and put her arm around my waist as she led me to the conference room.
At the first cast meeting, it quickly became apparent that the actors were looking to Kristen to set the tone. Even at the age of 17, Kristen has already worked with some of the best and most talented actors in the business, so she is mature far beyond her years. She was extremely professional and business like, and the rest of the cast followed her lead.
The first time I saw Kristen and Rob together on the screen, I knew this movie was going to be big. I've only seen that kind of chemistry one other time when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's chemistry made "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" a box office smash. I was very pleasantly stunned by Rob's on screen image. In person, he was certainly handsome, but since he didn't see himself that way and is so down to earth, I didn't expect the raw sex appeal that leaped off the screen.
A live feed monitor was in my studio, so I could get real-time film as soon as it was created. The constant sound of "Action! Cut! Do it again! Make up! Lights!" and the scurrying of the crew to move set pieces, the makeup crew to do touch ups or the lighting designers to change the mood, became like white noise in the background of my studio as I mixed the actor's dialogue with special effect sounds and mood music.
However, on this particular day, my attention was drawn to the monitor when the entire set became quiet except for the sound of a piano. I took off my headphones and walked over to the live feed to watch and listen. They were filming the scene where Edward plays Bella's lullaby. Since the score wouldn't be composed until after principal shooting was complete, Rob was improvising. He was deeply into character and his playing had gripped everyone in the room. I've worked on dozens of movies, and I've never seen a set go so still as it did in that moment. I realized they were shooting only 2 doors down and bolted to the sound stage. I quietly entered and watched the reactions of everyone on the set. The make-up artist and lighting designer were actually crying. Besides the utter stillness, the other unusual thing about this take was that Cath was letting Rob just play on and on. I've never seen a take last this long. Normally, the camera runs for a matter of seconds or a few minutes at the most before the director yells, "Cut!" and the scene is reset. However, Cath was as mesmerized as everyone else. He had hypnotized the entire set.
Time stood still until Rob finally stopped playing, broke character and looked over at Cath. She smiled and softly said, "Cut." Still, no one moved for at least a minute. Finally, I heard Cath say to her assistant, "Go get Bella Jordan."
"I'm right here," I said, walking over to her.
"Did you hear that?"
"Yes," I told her.
"That has to be on the soundtrack," she said.
This was another first for me. I'd heard of actors having their songs on the movie soundtrack, but it was usually someone very famous in the music business making a cameo in a movie, like Beyonce in "The Pink Panther." I?d never heard of an actor improvising a bit that ended up on the sound track. However, I knew Cath was right. What Rob just played was mesmerizing. I knew that with a little work, it would debut on iTunes top 10, and my predictions regarding song debut rankings were usually correct. I've been producing albums and concerts, literally, since I could walk. My Dad is Barry Jordan. His albums all went platinum in the 70's and 80's, and he went on to produce some of the all time best selling albums in the history of music.
By the time I was two, I refused to leave the studio when he was working. I watched and listened to some of the world's greatest performers as they created magic before my eyes and ears. By the time I was twelve, I had produced my first platinum album, and ROCK-IT magazine described me as a protégé. By 21, albums, I had produced had earned three Grammies and one Academy Award for best soundtrack.
My little brother is also in the business. Jack was one of the Disney kids. He had his own show at age ten, and by age twelve, he was selling out stadiums all over the country. He's managed to reinvent himself every few years. He recently released a collaboration with JT, one of the rap artists Dad produces, and their album went platinum.
In other words, in the music world, my family and I are famous, envied and in demand.
After Cath said that she had to have Rob's song on the sound track, I looked up to see Rob still sitting at the piano speaking to the Assistant Director, Mike. I wandered over and stood by the piano as I waited for them to finish. When Mike walked away, Rob looked up at me. At first, I knew he thought I was one of Cath's assistants and could see in his eyes a look that said, "Please don't ask me to try on another costume or read another line." But after a second, I saw his eyes change, and I knew he was trying to figure out why my face looked familiar.
"Rob, I'm Bella Jordan," I said, holding out my hand.
His face registered the recognition.
"It's a pleasure to meet you," he said, in an accent that immediately endeared him to me; my Dad is a Britt, so I've always had a soft spot for their accent.
"May I sit down?" I said, moving toward the bench.
"Of course, please do," he replied.
"Rob, I've worked on dozens of movies, and I've never seen a crew become utterly mesmerized the way they did just now."
"What are you talking about?" he said.
"Don't you realize the magic your playing just worked on this room?" I asked.
He just shook his head with a look of confusion on his face.
"Wow." I said, realizing how deep into character he must have been. He was concentrating so hard, he didn't even realize what had just happened and how highly unusual it was.
I went on. "The entire set came to a standstill. No one moved. No one spoke. I saw two assistants crying. Cath didn't stop you for over 30 minutes."
"I was wondering about that," he said. "I did finally notice that she wasn't yelling, "Cut!" every 3 minutes like she usually does.
"That's because she was hypnotized too."
He just laughed.
"I'm serious. She wants your music on the soundtrack."He thought I was kidding.
"I don?t kid about music," I said seriously.
He stopped laughing.
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