The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion
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Go behind the scenes of the making of The Hunger Games with exclusive images and interviews. From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the elaborate sets and costumes to the actors' performances and directors' vision, this is the definitive companion to the breathtaking film.
with what we had been talking about, so we riffed off of that for the Capitol. The buildings are pure advertisements of industry. They have a scalelessness, like you can’t tell if they’re ten feet tall or a thousand feet tall.” Director Ross was thinking the same way. “It was important to me that the Capitol evoke a sense of power and might and authority. Well, that’s not spires going up to the sky — that’s too fanciful. That’s light. So we started to see the Capitol’s power reflected in vast
out — so we could cut the building in half. It’s one of those things that people don’t know about that happens in order to make a look.” The crew sets up for a shot in District 12. On one of the warehouse walls the team built a Hall of Justice, the Capitol’s headquarters in the district. And the Capitol’s shadow was also visible in the railroad cars Messina had painted with Capitol Coal and lowered onto the site with cranes. Just to emphasize, says Messina, “that the district’s raw material
cooked for the filming, he always cooked extra, in case something went wrong. “The suckling pig was cooked with something in its mouth to keep it open. After it was cooked, we replaced that with an apple. We had to make three pigs because if something happened while they were shooting the arrow into the apple, we’d be up the creek. Every take, we put a new apple in there.” The visual sense of the movie began with the locations and props, but soon extended to the characters at the heart of the
skies opened up. There was a torrential downpour. Everyone just stood around in their rain ponchos, cheerful as could be, because this was happening to them every day, and they knew it would stop soon. After the rain stopped, the mud was ankle-deep, and then it was like, ‘Everybody! Take your places!’ like it was no big deal at all.” Jennifer Lawrence comments on the heat: “My Games costume was great in the fitting. It was perfect. As soon as we took it out in the hundred-and-something-degree
they were great. They just said, ‘I wish we could be there to see it.’ But they were busy doing other things.” The crew prepares to shoot the fireball sequence in the arena. Some scenes were too large or too complex to film in real places or with real actors, but these scenes could be extended with computer imaging. “When I’m choosing locations,” production designer Phil Messina says, “I’m often thinking about which parts get set-extended, and where the extensions could start. You have to