Hunger Games Filming
For quite some time there have been rumors that the Quarter Quell in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be shot in Hawaii. News reporter Russ Bowen, who kept readers apprised of filming locations in the first movie, has revealed via Twitter that the Arena scenes will be shot on Kauai, a Hawaiian island. The plan as of now is to film in Kauai the final three weeks of production.
It has also been reported that a Lionsgate photographer took a trip to Henry River, North Carolina (or “The Seam” as we like to call it) not too long ago. Filming in that location is set to begin in early fall.
Below are some photos of the island which will hopefully give you a better idea of what the Arena will look like:
[Images Credit: Hawaii Pictures]
The wild success of The Hunger Games is a boon for tourism in North Carolina where the movie was filmed. Fans are already showing up on locations ranging from forests to abandoned factory towns, with tour companies offering re-enactments, survival skills lessons, zip line excursions and hotel packages-
It was filmed entirely in North Carolina, from the mountains, where fake trees were planted, filled with propane and blown up, to Charlotte, which served as the Capitol from the story — the seat of power where the teens are sent for training.
Also prominently featured in the movie is the Henry River Mill Village near Hildebran, about 70 miles from Asheville, which was the setting for District 12, home of the three main characters, Katniss, Peeta and Gale. [...]
For more adventurous visitors, a company called Hunger Games Fan Tours offers day and weekend trips to waterfalls and other spots in Transylvania County. As part of the tour, actors re-enact some of the scenes shot there, and guests are served food described in the story. Participants also learn survival skills like archery, camouflage, fire-building, how to use a slingshot and how to walk quietly in the forest. The tour even includes a competition — only instead of the loser dying, the winner gets a prize.
Prices are $79 for the day tour, or $389 for the weekend trip, with an overnight stay and a nighttime zip line tour in homage to the characters who jumped through trees. The tour will take guests to Triple Falls, where the character Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) hides after he’s injured, and to the woods around Bridal Veil Falls, where fake trees exploded and the jacket worn by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) catches fire.
Our reader Alex sent in these pics after a February visit-
I recently went to Shelby, NC and took a few pictures at the P&M warehouse where they filmed some of the movie. Unfortunately, I was there when the film had already wrapped but some construction workers were still in the process of taking down a set that was built for the film.
To prepare for the role of Katniss, Jennifer had to endure a lot of physical training, but also archery training as well. Jennifer’s archery coach, four time Olympian Khatuna Lorig talks about meeting Jennifer and training her with Hollywood.com!
“When they called me, they told me, ‘We want to make her look like a professional, to shoot like a professional,’ Lorig explained to me. “So, I’m like, ‘Okay, let me give a try. Let me meet the girl,’ [to see] how she looks, physically, and how she does.” Lorig recounted meeting Lawrence for the first time, describing her as a “strong-looking girl” and “very outgoing personality, very outspoken, very happy.” But when it came to coaching the actress in the art of the hunt, Lorig never went soft. No star-treatment here.
“From the beginning, I told her, ‘Listen. If this is going to work, we’re going to do it in a professional way.’ It’s a physical sport—even though I had her with a very light, barely 20-pound or 18-pound Olympic style wooden bow for her. She was getting sore. I think she was working out in the morning, then coming shooting with me, then going to work out again.”
“It comes from your eyes. It comes down to your face. You know right away if the person is scared, or if she or he is confident to shoot against you. What I saw from the previews? That’s my technique!”
“I told her I would be very proud when I see her onscreen. I told her, I’ll see her on the screen and say, ‘That’s my student!’ And you know what she said? She said, ‘When I see you in the Olympics, I’ll say, ‘She’s my coach!’’
You can see Jennifer’s technique is like Khatuna’s in the photo!
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]
North Carolina news anchor Russ Bowen was able to obtain stunt sequence sketches from early in the production of “The Hunger Games” movie. It is unclear if these stunts made it to the final cut, but let’s take a look anyway…
This one is called the “Traveling Flame Effect.” And besides assuming it has something to do with the wildfire scene in the woods, I haven’t a clue what it’s for.
This stunt could be for the scene where Katniss blows up the Careers’ food stash. Judging by the nearby water truck and CO2 fire protection, they’re gearing up for a big explosion.
Here we’ve got the platforms the Tributes stand on before the gong sounds and all hell breaks loose. It’s hard to say what kind of stunt the bottom sketch indicates, but if I had to take a guess, I’d say some of the Tributes might not even make it from their platform. Below the platform are several “pits” that are marked as being full of cork, mulch, or other soft materials perfect for cushioning the fall of a dead Tribute. Or maybe we’ll be seeing some flips?
After looking at these sketches and hearing all the actors talk about how physically demanding the movie was, I think there’s going to be some pretty awesome action sequences!
Think you can decipher these sketches? Tell us your interpretations!
With Lionsgate recently making a string of “box-office bombs” and bad decision making when it comes to spending they really seem to be putting everything on the line for The Hunger Games movie. In an interview with the bosses, Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns, they reveal how much money, effort, and faith they are putting into the movie. This should please the fans that they are really working hard to make this a blockbuster success! It’s all or nothing with Lionsgate right now, and I for one am happy with their dedication! What are the thoughts of the fans?? Let us know in the Comments! Here is part of the article, and click ‘More’ below to read even more!
“Hey, we’ve got something really special here,” says Feltheimer, 60, Lions Gate’s co-chairman and chief executive officer. Burns, 53, the studio’s vice chairman, praises Jennifer Lawrence, the 21-year-old actress who plays the film’s bow- wielding heroine. “She looks like she could start a revolution,” he says.
“We would be disappointed if we didn’t make three or four movies,” Feltheimer says.
“The Hunger Games could be the biggest catalyst for Lions Gate’s profits and share price during the next decade,” Marsh says. “It could be a game changer for them.”
Feltheimer and Burns have reason to be optimistic. The movie is based on the first volume of a trilogy with 12 million copies in print in the U.S. and editions in 44 foreign markets, according to Scholastic Inc., the book’s New York-based publisher.
Author Suzanne Collins’s teen protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, who dispatches her enemies with cunning and violence even as she experiences her first romance, has inspired scores of fan websites, blogs and Facebook pages. The Marlborough School, a private academy for girls in grades 7 through 12 in Los Angeles, is one of many that have added the books to their reading lists.
Feltheimer, whose chiseled jaw and deep-set eyes could get him cast in a Western, nods in agreement. He says “The Hunger Games” must hit $100 million in domestic box office sales to justify making sequels. “I’m not too concerned we won’t get to that kind of number,” the studio head says.
He points to an issue of “Entertainment Weekly” magazine on a coffee table. It features two of the film’s hunky young stars, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, on the cover. “There’s just too much heat for this property around the world,” he says.
InStyle got the inside story on the hair in The Hunger Games when they recently spoke to the head hair department Linda Flowers:
“This was one of the most complex, detailed movies I’ve ever worked on,” hair department head Linda Flowers told InStyle.com. “People are going to be blown away by how beautiful and breathtaking it is.”
They compiled some interesting stats regarding what the cast and extras had to go through for the hair and make-up. It sounds like a lot of time and effort went into making everyone, even the extras, look the part! Take a look at some of the list, and don’t forget to check out the full list at InStyle!
3,000: People who were processed through the hair and makeup tents each week. “Extras couldn’t just have their normal hair. Everyone had to be in the style of the time,” said Flowers.
500: Cast members and extras who had their eyebrows bleached, including Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket.
400: Cast members and extras wearing wigs in a single day of filming. “We went with odd permutations of colors like dusty rose and chartreuse,” Flowers said. “The challenge was to make them look couture and sophisticated.”
20: Minutes spent creating Katniss Everdeen’s signature braid for Jennifer Lawrence.
1: Wig worn by Stanley Tucci, who plays Caesar Flickerman. “It’s a dark navy blue wig in a Karl Lagerfeld-style ponytail,” she says.
Does all this paying attention to detail make you guys excited to see a full length trailer?? I’m super curious to see how everything turns out!
The site of District 12 was filmed in Henry River Mill Village, a vacant textile town located in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer did a piece on the village showing many pictures, including two of Peeta and his family’s bakery, so take a look at the home town of District 12 in the upcoming The Hunger Games!
To see more pictures visit the Charlotte Observer!
Allan Poppleton is the fight coordinator and stunt coordinator for our beloved The Hunger Games movie. Unsure of who he is? Well if you have seen The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, or Avatar, just to name a few, then you have seen his work. Rachel Herriman at Teen Ink interviewed Allan while he was still filming The Hunger Games and here is a bit of that interview:
RH- Explain the process of creating a fight scene from rehearsal until filming close.
AP- It starts with script/treatment, which would outline the fight. I would gather information from different departments, like armory, costume, art, location, ect. From there, I throw in my intellectual property and then take that along to meet with the director.
From there, I will start choreographing; then teach the doubles or performers, and then film the rehearsals to then show to the director. Once he has signed off on the fight, I begin to teach the actors. Once they have learned it, I see it through on set with the filming of it.
RH- Aside from The Chronicles of Narnia and Eragon, you have also worked on the film adaption of The Hunger Games; what can fans expect to see?
AP- Hunger Games is going to awesome! I am still working on it at the moment, so am unable to say anything about it…Sorry! But make sure you check it out!
Thanks Rachel Herriman (TheJust) at Teen Ink!
The principal photography for The Hunger Games has finished! Lionsgate issued a press release Sept 15 stating “The Hunger Games is a wrap.” It is exciting to see the progression of the film, which is to be released March 23, 2012!
“LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced the close of principal photography on the highly anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling novel The Hunger Games. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012. The film is the first in a series that Lionsgate is making based on the book trilogy that has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Filmed entirely in North Carolina, the locations spanned from a dense forest in which the arena that hosts the games themselves was created to a town that stood in for Katniss’ home, District 12, to a sound stage that was the platform for the fantastical sights and sounds of The Capitol, the futuristic capital city of the nation of Panem. Principal photography on the 84 day production began on May 23rd.”