Catching Fire director talks about casting, no shaking camera and love triangles
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” won’t use a shaky camera (like the first film) and will better explore the story’s central love triangle, according to director Francis Lawrence.
The list of major upcoming blockbusters in 2013 is getting shorter and shorter with each passing weekend (especially, now that awards season is on), but Hunger Games – Catching Fire – the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s lucrative film adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ debut film Hunger games novel – is one of the major titles remaining on this list.
Some things have changed for the franchise in the year and a half since co-writer / director Gary Ross Hunger games the film opened wide in theaters, demonstrating that the success of the best-selling young adult film franchise dusk was not just a fluke. Katniss Everdeen herself, Jennifer Lawrence, is now an Oscar winner (for Silver Linings Playbook); More importantly (from a creative standpoint), the series is now being guided by director Francis Lawrence, who has completed his work on Catch fire and is now preoccupied with making parts 1 and 2 of the final, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay.
That is: see how Lawrence – whose accomplishments to date include Constantine, I’m a legend and Water for the elephants – is set to direct the Hunger games movie boat from now until the end of the ride, you might be interested to hear some of her thoughts on the second installment, Catch fire, and the series in general. We’ll start with his feelings on the stellar cast of these movies – including, mainstays like Jennifer Lawrence and new additions for Catch fire (as Philip Seymour Hoffman) – as he expressed them in a recent interview with New York Magazine:
“If you can have Philip Seymour Hoffman, get Philip Seymour Hoffman! And he liked the books, so he signed. Ditto with Jeffrey Wright. Ditto with Julianne [Moore signing on for ‘Mockingjay’]. If you can just get these amazing actors, then that’s 80% of my job. “
Lawrence could have done the same on the choice of screenwriters for Catch fire, with Oscar winners Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Toy story 3) being the people who were hired to adapt the Collins source material. The director, for his part, decided to shoot parts of Catch fire using IMAX cameras, in order to better understand the extended scope and complexity of the second Hunger games novel (among others, of course).
Speaking of shooting style: will there be a lot of jerky cameras in Catch fire, like in Ross’s movie? Well, Laurent said:
“No! [Laughs.] No shaky camera. I think a lot of people will be happy to hear that. “
Ross’s choice of cinematography on Hunger games – a way to express how upsetting the events of the film were for Katniss and her District 12 tribute colleague Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) – served an artistic purpose, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the most controversial aspects of the film. Another element of the film that angered many fans of the original books was the way it handled the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) – something Francis Lawrence agreed, could be improved upon in the sequel.
In fact, when the interviewer of New York Magazine stated that “The first film was a little hesitant to show us the strategy behind the Katniss-Peeta love story”, the Catch fire the director replied:
“I felt the same. I felt the love story in general was, uh, kinda buried in the first one. I wanted to bring the love story to the surface. love, I mean the triangle. “
Now in front of anyone does not have read it Hunger games the books get confused and panic about the sequel to the movie that is getting more and more dusk-like (read: saccharin), keep in mind: assuming movie trailers are an appropriate indication, then Catch fire should continue to explore how Katniss and Peeta’s relationship is primarily a means of survival (not so much to do with romance). In fact, as Lawrence noted, it’s possible the sequel will do a better job with this aspect of the story than its predecessor.
Hunger Games – Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22, 2013.
Source: New York Magazine
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