Hunger Games Art
Check out a terrific LarkCrafts interview with Dana Schneider, who sculpted the metal mockingjay pin used in the films based on the illustration by Tim O’Brien.
Tell me about making the mockingjay pin for The Hunger Games.
Well, with The Hunger Games, the design was already established. The pin is on the cover of the first book. So it was an incredible challenge to replicate something that’s so clear in the minds of so many fans. Getting it right involved months of meetings, models, and plane trips. [Dana now lives in her hometown of Canton, Ohio, and “commutes” to her film work.]
I carved the original by hand using lost-wax casting. It is sterling silver plated with 22-karat gold and with an antique finish applied. It took a while to get that aged look right. And it took six different models to work out things such as where to solder the arrow on the pin and how to make it look delicate and yet have it still be functional.
When working on a movie, you have many different things to take into account. Jennifer Lawrence’s main costume was canvas, so the pin had to look delicate but be able go through several thick layers of canvas. And because I’d read the book, when the costume designer asked me to make the mockingjay pin, I knew immediately that I’d also be making the pin for the stunt double. You don’t want the stunt double to be hurt when wearing a piece of jewelry—that’s number one. You always have to think about things like that when making jewelry for movies.
Check out this Hunger Games live painting by Michael Ostaski!
Check out these Hunger Games themed Someecards. My friend actually sent one of them to me the other day and I liked it so much that I had to share a few with you.
Sorry Twilight fans, but the last one was too clever for me to exclude, plus it’s all in good fun. To see more of these Hunger Games ecards and send them to your friends you can go here
Lately I’ve been on a minimalist movie poster kick and have come across a few cool ones that fans have made for The Hunger Games. If you’re not familiar with minimalist design, the key to it is to be rich in symbolism and every detail from the shapes to the colors has a purpose. In some cases, the artist will focus around a specific detail and viewers will not understand the art unless they have seen the movie, or in this case read the book.
What do you think of this minimalist art? Let us know which is your favorite poster in the comments. My personal favorite is the Mockingjay one.
With CapitolCouture.PN going live, the fashions from the The Hunger Games have come into the lime light. We’ve gotten tips from The Capitol on how to ‘look your best’ and a few peaks of Cinna’s designs, but now here are some renditions of how the fans imagine Katniss’s interview outfits. I really like how these artist interpret ideas like ‘girl on fire’, ‘wearing candlelight’ and ‘radiant as the sun’. Which piece of fan art outfit do you like the best?
As a note, while it’s not seen until Catching Fire, I included Katniss’s wedding/mockingjay dress since it still deals with fashion.
It’s been almost two weeks since Taylor Swift tweeted about her song Safe & Sound, featuring the Civil Wars, being on The Hunger Games soundtrack, and the fans have been busy. The fans took Safe & Sound to the #1 spot on iTunes on Christmas, have made numerous covers of the song, and created amazing fan art, which is the focus of the rest of this post.
I’ve found three different pieces depicting the relationships in the book/movie that fellow fans think the song could be representing:
The song evokes a lot of feelings, and I think that these artists have captured that very well in their pictures by choosing to show Katniss with a character that she has a strong emotional bonds with (Prim, Peeta and Rue). I’m still not sure where Safe & Sound will fit in with the movie, but I love that the fans are using it to fuel their own creativity. Do you have a favorite out of the three, or your own Safe & Sound inspired art?
Ever wonder what some of the top designers, like BCG or Nicole Miller would come up with for Katniss’ fire dress? Well Instyle knows, and they have the results on their Facebook! Here is a few of the designs, including Nicole Miller’s above. These designs will be posted on InStyle.com on Friday with more descriptions of the dresses. What do you all think? Please post your opinions in the comments!