From the very beginning, I think we’ve all known Gary Ross is an above-and-beyond sort of individual. After all, he made a short film that included interviews with real HG fans and personally hired artists to exemplify his vision of Panem just to land the job of directing the “Hunger Games” Movie. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is.
Despite all that passionate effort, Ross would’ve scrapped the whole gig if Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in the picture.
“I don’t know how I ever could have done this movie without Jennifer,” he said. “I’m not sure I would have done it without her. She’s that important. More important than any other piece — including me. She’s Katniss Everdeen.”
That’s quite an endorsement!
In preparation for accurately portraying Katniss’ narrative, Ross carefully analyzed movies that gave the viewer an intimate, first-person perspective, like “All the President’s Men” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
“If you look at the opening of ‘Private Ryan,’ you are so in the point of view of those guys and there is a whole world swirling all around them,” said the HG Movie director. “You are learning that geography as they are learning it.”
Ross also devoted a great deal of time and energy to his visualization of the flippant, blood-thirsty Capitol.
“What the Capitol looks like is tremendously important,” he said. “The great seats of power tend to be wide and open, not vertical and soaring. Red Square, Tiananmen Square, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin — all massive but with large open spaces that project an image of might. I thought it was important that you felt that this was a civilization that had always been there — not something that we ginned up in CG.”
You gotta love this guy’s enthusiasm and dedication! Mr. Ross seems to be taking his task very seriously and has a genuine respect and admiration for the world and characters Suzanne Collins created. I don’t think they could’ve picked a better director.
How ’bout it, HG fans? Do you think the movie is in capable hands?
[Source: LA Times]