She goes outside to see him and Will apologizes to her for everything that had happened and Ronnie forgives him. Will surprises Ronnie by revealing that he will be transferring to Columbia in order to be with her and they share a kiss. At the time, Cyrus had been known mainly for starring as a pop star on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana , a children's television series that had expanded into a globally successful media franchise.
As the series neared its end, Disney hoped to create a star vehicle to help Cyrus break out of the pop persona she had developed through the franchise and to introduce Cyrus to older audiences. During her meeting with Reed, Cyrus expressed a desire to film a movie similar to A Walk to Remember , a film based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. A Walk to Remember helped Mandy Moore , then a teen pop star much like Cyrus, launch an acting career.
Disney called Adam Shankman, director of A Walk to Remember , who signed on to produce the potential Cyrus film along with his sister and Offspring Entertainment production company partner, Jennifer Gibgot. Tish Cyrus, Cyrus' mother and co-manager, became the film's Executive producer. Cyrus' acting representation, United Talent Agency, then contacted Sparks, also a UTA client, to ask if he had plans for a novel appropriate for a film adaptation starring Cyrus. At the time, Sparks had been wrapping up The Lucky One and beginning to ponder an original plot for his next book.
The author told himself he could "either go younger than 20 or older than 50", having recently written about every age in between. Wary of venturing above 50 again after his best-seller The Notebook , Sparks had already been leaning toward writing a teenage story when he received a phone call from Gibgot on behalf of the film in August Sparks recalled, "Jennifer asked if I had anything laying around?
I said no, but funny you should say that…" Sparks returned with a premise by the end of July Once the proposal had been agreed upon by Cyrus, her family, and Offspring Entertainment, Sparks, with the aid of co-screenplay writer Jeff Van Wie, completed the screenplay before starting the book. Both rewrites took approximately one or two days, and Sparks found them relatively simple. While The Last Song is not the first screenplay Sparks has written, it is his first to be optioned for film.
The novel was completed in June , the same time shooting for the film began, and was published on September 8, by Grand Central Publishing. The plot of the film and novel remained secret throughout development. In a June blog entry, Cyrus said she had "always been a fan of Nicholas Sparks" and that she had been waiting to do a production separate from the Hannah Montana franchise "for a long time", but had not found the time to do so due to her TV show, music, tours, and Hannah Montana: The Movie. Recognizing the popularity of A Walk to Remember as both a novel and film, Sparks "put all [his] thoughts into that, trying to make the story as different from A Walk to Remember as [he could], but try to capture the same feelings.
Sparks felt Ronnie was the hardest character to write for because he had "never been a year-old, angry teenage girl". Cyrus herself influenced Ronnie fairly little, although her singing career did inspire the musical elements of the story. My teenagers… don't do bad things. As dictated by the Writers Guild of America, Sparks receives full credit for his work although the amount of his original screenplay retained in the film is uncertain.
For example, Sparks says the character of Marcus, leader of the gang of thugs, was likely altered for the film. The project remained nameless for several months after Sparks' initial meeting with Disney in July Sparks wrote in a September online chat that "I have the idea completed, but no title. That's common for me though. Titles come last. Cyrus chose the name "Ronnie" for her character in honor of her grandfather, Ron Cyrus, who died in Unknown to many the character had first been named "Kirby" by Sparks and later changed to "Hilary". New interviews with Sparks reveal he imagined Cyrus in the role "only a little" during the writing process.
The completion of the screenplay, concerned Sparks that Cyrus would not be able to successfully execute the role: "The first thing I thought when I finished the screenplay was, wow, I hope she can do this, this is a tough role because I'm bringing you through a whole gamut of emotion and you're just a year-old girl who's done the Disney Channel. Are you able to do this as an actress?
To play the New York teen, Cyrus worked with a dialect coach to lose her Southern accent and learned to play classical piano. After she completed filming, Cyrus said that in a case of life imitating art, she had matured and "changed a lot" over the course of her summer in Georgia, similar to the way Ronnie does in the film.
So I'm really excited for people to see it. Kelly Preston's part as Kim is the first role she has accepted since the death of her son, Jett Travolta. After being introduced to Cal Johnson, the film's stunt coordinator, Adam Barnett landed the role of Teddy in May due to his pre-developed talent in juggling and hackey sack. Though they wished to shoot on location, filmmakers also examined three other states and identified Georgia as the next best filming site.
North Carolina officials searched for ways to accomplish this, including applying unsuccessfully for state and Golden LEAF Foundation grants. North Carolina tax collectors refused to consider the film rights, forcing Perdue to cancel the conference at the last second. They also make television series; they make individual movies for the Disney Channel. By losing this one project, in essence, we've lost all of those opportunities. On April 9, , after three months of deliberation, the decision to move to Georgia was made final.
After another three months and the discovery of the "Adams Cottage" on the southern tip of Tybee Island, Tybee and neighboring locations became the sites of filming in late March, with the intention of masquerading the area as Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Filmmakers convinced the screenwriters to change the setting of the film and to Tybee Island, thus allowing them to incorporate landmarks such as the Tybee Island Light Station and the Savannah Historic District.
The setting of Sparks' novel remained in North Carolina.
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Nelson Coates is the production designer for The Last Song , responsible for all visual aspects of the movie. Coates, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the Stephen King television miniseries The Stand , arrived 11 weeks prior to the start of filming to do prep work. While most of the filming took place on the natural Tybee Island beach or on pre-constructed private property, Coates oversaw the re-painting of the pier and the construction of the carnival and church.
Location scouts had searched the entirety of Georgia for an aged, isolated oceanfront property to use as a home for the Millers for nearly three months before scout Andy Young came across the "Adams Cottage" on the southern end of Tybee Island. It can be a character itself in the movie. The two-story, six bedroom house was built by Adams' great-grandfather in and was made entirely out of hard pine wood with very few painted surfaces.
According to Savannah Morning News reporter Lesley Conn, it "was built in classic rambling beach style [ The church set was built over a six-week period in a vacant lot on the corner of 13th Street and Sixth Avenue, near residential homes. Special-effects coordinator Will Purcell subdued concerns about the church burning scene by stating that the building would not actually be set on fire. The intended menacing effect is "all camera angles. It is a safe environment for actors to do their work. At the end of filming, Cyrus hoped to fly the church set back to her family's estate in Tennessee.
Disney agreed to donate the building to the island after Tybee officials lobbied to keep it, with the condition that its connection to The Last Song not be advertised.
Cyrus' busy schedule necessitated that filming take place over the summer. So the only time she had free in her schedule was over the summer. On the first day of production, Cyrus and Hemsworth filmed a kiss in the ocean. Other scenes which took place in June included the carnival and volleyball tournament, both of which were filmed on the beach near the Tybee Island pier. Filming at the pier wrapped up on June 23, after shooting the scene in which Kim drops off Ronnie and Jonah to live with Steve.
Scenes of the church fire were shot on July 10, Filming at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus began on July Kinnear finished taping on July 17, Wedding scenes and a key driving scene were filmed at the Wormsloe Historic Site between July 20 and July 23 for twelve hours each day. Driving scenes in Isle of Hope, Georgia continued to the 28th. By July 30, the movie had returned to Tybee Island for more beach scenes. Chaikin's character framed Cyrus' for stealing a watch on August 6.
On August 10, Hemsworth performed an oil change and Cyrus browsed an upscale boutique in downtown Savannah for the movie. The funeral was filmed from August 11, to August 13, at the church set in Tybee Island. On August 15, further church burning scenes took place. The wrap party was held on the 16th, and the cast and crew arrived in Atlanta, Georgia the following day to spend the last days of filming at the Georgia Aquarium. After analyzing the area on the 17th, the movie began shooting in public areas at dawn on the 18th to avoid crowds.
Once the aquarium opened to the public at , filming shifted to behind-the-scenes areas. The loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings featured in the film were stragglers collected from nests on Tybee Island, Georgia and Sapelo Island. The Last Song entered post-production following the end of filming on August 18, Automated dialogue replacement took place in mid-September; Beals and Chaikin stated they had gone in to record on September 11 and September 18 respectively. Walczyk Simulation: October War I.
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