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The Hunger Games
Transcript of The Hunger Games
By February 2010 the book had sold over 800,000 copies and the readers were readily anticipating the film. IDEA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT Josh Hutcherson was cast as the male role - Peeta and they acted alongside Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, and multiple-Golden Globe award winner Donald Sutherland + many others. CASTING Lawrence dyed her blonde hair dark brown for the part of Katniss. She also underwent extensive training to get in shape for the role, including archery, rock and tree climbing, combat, running, and parkour. Lionsgate also hired archer (and Olympic bronze medalist) Khatuna Lorig to teach Lawrence how to shoot. THE SHOOT THE HUNGER GAMES "may the odds be ever in your favour" The idea for the story was originally thought of when the Author was channel surfing and came across a reality TV show, and a documentary on the war in Iraq, and she liked the contrast between the two and decided to explore it. In March 2009, Lions Gate Entertainment collaborated with Nina Jacobson's production company Color Force, which had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the novel a few weeks earlier for $200,000.
Alli Shearmur and Jim Miller, President and Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production at Lionsgate, took charge of overseeing the production of the film as Gary Ross directed it. They raided the budgets of other productions and sold assets to secure a budget of $88,000,000; the production only cost $78 million to make in the end. MEDIA SYNERGY Lionsgate is not one of the 'big six' yet they have helped produce and distribute several memorable films including The Expendables and Cabin in the Woods.
By working with Lionsgate, Color force have gained more profit due to the fact Lionsgate is a bigger and more well-known company. However, Lionsgate also benfited from this synergy as Color force is notable for producing films based on novels. COMPANY SUCCESS Lionsgate knew this film would be a hit due to the popularity of the books, and the budget that they managed to raise considering it was the first in the series of films.
Due to Twilights popularity and the amount of money raised by the series, Lionsgate could have predicted the amount of money that would be made by the hunger games series. PLOT The nation of Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve poorer districts. As a punishment for a past rebellion, each district must provide a boy and girl between the ages of 12 and 18 for the annual Hunger Games in which they must fight to the death in an arena; the sole survivor is rewarded with fame and wealth. The main character - Katniss - must battle in the arena along side the other contestants, whilst trying to keep her loved ones safe. The film explores themes of romance, violence, rebellion and morality. Around 30 actresses auditioned for the role of Katniss - including stars such as Emma Roberts and Chloë Grace Moretz - before they cast Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence for the role. Collins said that the role demanded "a certain maturity and power" and said she would rather the actress be older than younger.She added that Lawrence was the "only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book" and that she had "every essential quality necessary to play Katniss." Critics could have guessed the film would be a big hit due to the high standard of actors involved. Casting Oscar nominees would have increased the anticipation for the film and made it more well known and popular. The movie was shot on film as opposed to digital due to the the schedule; as Ross said in an interview with The New York Times, "I didn't want to run the risk of the technical issues that often come with shooting digitally – we simply couldn't afford any delays." Virtually all production photography took place in North Carolina, with Lionsgate receiving tax credits of around $8 million from the state government to do so. Forbes magazine estimated that the state economy gained up to $60 million from the production, with over 5,000 people employed as extras, crew and support staff. FILMING Most outdoor scenes, both from the arena and from the outskirts of District 12, were filmed in DuPont State Forest; the Little River, with its multiple waterfalls, provided several locations for shooting the river running through the arena. For Katniss' neighborhood in District 12, the production team found Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned mill town which Ross said "just worked perfectly for the movie to evoke the scene"; The director "originally talked about maybe building one house and the facade of the house next door and redressing it, and maybe doing some CG extensions... we ended up finding a whole abandoned mill town... it was absolutely perfect." When designing the Capitol architecture Ross and production designer Phil Messina used the buildings of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Collins adapted the novel for film herself, in collaboration with screenwriter Billy Ray and director Gary Ross.
To really achieve the films
potential, Ross had to expand the screen play due to the fact they couldn't get inside the main character's head. Scenes with other characters were added and the Gamemakers' control center was also developed as a location, helping to remind the audience of the artificial nature of the arena. FILM RATING The film has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the UK for "intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments".To achieve that rating, Lionsgate had to cut or substitute seven seconds of film by "digitally removing blood splashes and the sight of blood on wounds and weapons". TRAILER Several official trailers were released, plus a teaser trailer and these were posted online on sites such as YouTube, as well as TV appearances and cinema showings. TECHNOLOGY To avoid using a complete wall of CG fire, they used propane blasts and fans to create the burning forest. There were around 1,200 visual effects shot for the movie, some of which they used the
green-screens. EXHIBITION The film was shown on 4137 screens in the USA and 511 screens in the UK. A premier was held in LA as well as London, to promote the film and give fans the chance to meet the stars and the other actors and actresses that attended. GROSS The film took in $152,535,747 (USA) opening weekend alone.
It ended up taking in $686,533,290 (Worldwide) The Hunger Games was the first film of 2012 to pass the $500 million mark worldwide, and is also the first film since Avatar to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekends at the U.S. box office, and it now sits at #5 in the highest grossing films of 2012 list. OTHER WINDOWS The DVD was released in September and in its first weekend on sale, 3.8 million DVD/Blu-ray copies of the movie were sold. Three weeks after the release over 5 million DVD units and 3.7 million Blu-ray units were sold. A soundtrack was also created for the film, as well as a score composed by James Newton Howard. Several big artists such as Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 feature on the soundtrack and made the motion picture an even bigger event. REVIEWS Lots of critics compared the film and series to Harry Potter and Twilight because of the target audience and fandoms. The film received some criticism for its shaky camera style, but it was said to "add to the film in certain ways".
Many critics also praised Isabelle Fuhrman's chilling portrayal of "Clove", identifying her as a break-out star. The Hunger Games maintains a 7.3 out of 10 on IMDb and both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were praised for their portrayals as Katniss and Peeta. SEQUELS Catching fire started filming this
summer, ready for the scheduled release in November next year.
Mockingjay, the third book, will be made into two films and the concluding part will be out in 2015. POSTERS Film posters were created and placed on the sides of buses and in magazines, as well as bus shelters etc. Several different posters were made with the main characters on. Professionally shot photos were used, as well as action shots from the film. CONTROVERSY Controversial statements about various members of the cast arose on twitter, about issues of racism, sexism and unrealistic body image. However, Suzanne Collins stated that "since hundreds of years have passed, there has obviously a lot of racial mixing within the story" and the african-american actors playing the characters of Rue, Thresh and Cinna were "perfect for the parts."