As you know, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1 and Part 2) is currently filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – the location chosen to shoot a lot of the films’ indoor sequences.
According to one local news station, nearby city Shreveport was almost chosen for the setting.
“Film officials say the capitol city won out because of studio size requirements,” KTBS reports. “They were looking at Shreveport and Baton Rouge. And so the sound stage was one of the major issues . . . we didn’t have a sound stage with ceiling heights at least forty-five foot.”
Now that you’ve seen the Eclipse DVD extras, you’ll know that the “Cullen” house was built on a sound stage and stored for use in the next film. No doubt, this is why such a tall building was required for Breaking Dawn, so it makes sense that soundstage size issues were the breaking point on Breaking Dawn‘s point of production decision.
Note that around the time locations were still seemingly being discussed, another Summit production featuring aTwilight star was being done in Shreveport (Drive Angry 3D with Billy Burke).
Source: Twilight Examiner