Hunger Games Set
Stanley Tucci stopped by the Today Show to explain his role as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games.
The show also visited the set in North Carolina to check out some of the locations used in the movie.
“In the future, the devil still wears Prada!” LOL
Hunger Games food designer Jack White styled the alien hor d’oeuvres and glistening pig for the pivotal scene where Katniss proves herself to the gamemakers, the Tennessean reveals.
The story you might not know about that pig is it was cooked in Big Bertha, a smoker that made the trek from Pulaski, Tenn., to North Carolina, where the wildly popular film about a post-apocalyptic world was filmed. In fact, every morsel of food in the movie — and there’s a lot of it, from fancy flying fish to loaves of bread — was prepared by food stylist and Tennessee native Jack White.
White — a star of a different sort than Nashville rocker Jack White — has styled food for more than 75 films. He refilled Chinese takeout for the likes of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon during a scene in Ocean’s Thirteen. He washed dishes and prepped plates with famed chef Thomas Keller, a consultant on the set of Spanglish. And White horsed around on the set of Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr. over the ugliest omelet he could bring himself to make.
Unfortunately White’s bread props for another scene didn’t quite make it in the completed film:
When White attended the premiere of The Hunger Games in Los Angeles this month, he learned that the 75 rolls he baked and branded with a blowtorch and iron from an L.A. prop house ended up on the editing room floor.
“The whole thing got cut out,” he said.
This behind-the-scenes video explains how the incredible soundscapes of The Hunger Games were designed–the quiet crunch of leaves and the raucus surprise of fireballs.
Movie Director Gary Ross and his sound team including Supervising Sound Editor Lon Bender, Re-recording Mixer Michael Keller, and Re-recording Mixer Mike Prestwood Smith discuss their approach to creating the lush soundscapes for this highly anticipated film adaptation.
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.
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!
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!
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News anchor, and incredibly reliable source, Russ Bowen has taken to twitter again sharing more information in regard to the filming of the Hunger Games in North Carolina.
Here are the newest details:
- They were filming in an area called the Coleman Boundary in the Pisgah National Forest.
- Filming has ended at this location, that is why he is sharing details.
- They shut down the entrance to the area for shooting and used a nearby farmer’s land as base camp.
What a beautiful location, very visually stunning!! Can’t wait to see it on the big screen.
[Source: Russ Bowen]
The Citizen-Times has a new article giving some details surrounding filming of the Hunger Games at the prestigious North Fork Reservoir in North Carolina -
Question: Perhaps I missed it somewhere, but has anyone asked how “The Hunger Games” movie crew is getting permission to film at the North Fork Reservoir? I thought that place was off-limits to everyone. In fact, there may even be rumors of offenders being sent off to prisons in Romania. Seriously, I thought no one was allowed to go there, yet, apparently, the movie crew will even set off fireworks/pyrotechnics there. Won’t that mess up our water?
My answer: Call me crazy, but I like my drinking water to have that little extra zing to it that only spent gunpowder can provide.
Real answer: “With respect to the North Fork Reservoir, the only production company the city has an agreement with is Ludus Productions for the filming of ‘Artemis,’” said Dawa Hitch, a spokeswoman for the city of Asheville, referring to the working title for “The Hunger Games.”
“The production company must meet the stringent restrictions of the conservation easement that has been placed on the site. The Conservation Trust of NC was involved in all negotiations regarding the city’s granting of use of the North Fork property for film production and granted its approval prior to the city entering into the agreement with Ludus.”
The production company also had “to meet all state, local permitting requirements and they have obtained an operational fire permit, allowing for the use of special effects, from the city,” Hitch said. Those special effects are subject to inspection from city fire department workers.
Sounds like the cast and crew were very lucky to have the opportunity to film at this location!
You can read the rest of the interview here!
News anchor Russ Bowen has provided more filming details, and pictures, from the most recent Hunger Games set in North Carolina -
- Filming has moved to Pisgah National Forrest, believed to be a location where the arena/games are being filmed
- Liam Hemsworth was spotted at the Charlotte airport on Friday
Check out more pictures after the break!