Since opening weekend 3 weeks ago, The Hunger Games has been at the top of the box office. Now it’s the beginning of Easter weekend and some early Friday results show it might stay that way! It is reported that Hunger Games is the highest grossing movie EVER for Lionsgate. That means there are plenty of diehard fans and newcomers to the story wanting to get a peek inside the movie. What better way than reading what Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson had to say in an interview shortly before the release of the film?
One of the obvious conversations going on about The Hunger Games is over the differences between the movie and the book. As a fan of both, I have to say that I think they did an AMAZING job. In my first interview post from Nina Jacobson, I mentioned a few of the obvious differences (Madge, the stylists), but didn’t really dive into the whole perspective of the movie. The book is told solely from Katniss’s perspective. The movie has the ability to go beyond that… and it’s actually a pretty integral part of making the movie come alive to both those who have read the book and those who haven’t. Jacobson pointed out that the film must show, “why the Hunger Games are such a critical tool in the oppression (of the people).” In the movie, it’s possible to see what’s happening outside the arena. “Katniss doesn’t know why the rules change. (We’re able) to fill in some of the blanks… We get to see the response outside of the games… We see Haymitch’s influence (and) the growing tension in the Districts.” Seeing the “work” being done outside of the games was something I personally enjoyed A LOT in the movie.
When asked for her absolute favorite character or part of the book, Jacobson didn’t take too long to respond with Katniss. It may sound obvious, but her reasoning behind this really gave insight into how many layers Jacobson has peeled back from the story to have a true and complete understanding. “Katniss is a true survivor and protector of her family. She is not civic minded, but (comes) to a point where she can trust others and care for others… She reaches an ethical line she won’t cross. (Katniss) transcends self interest by way of her own ethical choices.”
With such love for the story and the characters, I had to ask Jacobson about the great choices regarding sound and location made in the film. If you’ve seen Hunger Games you’ll know exactly what I mean. There are moments where the sound effects (and lack thereof) really transport you into the action. Jacobson says that, “ Gary (Ross) had clear ideas on this from the beginning… It was important not to overscore the film. We didn’t want to tell the audience how to feel.” Definitely an interesting comment now that reports say Gary Ross won’t be back as director for film number 2, Catching Fire.
Though the director may change (I’m a little sad about that), I’m hoping that the filming location will be just as amazing in Catching Fire as in Hunger Games. Hunger Games supposedly set in Appalachia, and it was filmed deep in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. (Definitely made me proud as a Carolina Girl!) Jacobson said, “We scouted the area and couldn’t believe how perfect it fit.” They used the mountains in Asheville and some of the metropolitan areas of Charlotte. Very cool if you ask me. Makes me wonder what a good fit for Catching Fire would be…
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Thanks to Lionsgate for arranging the interview and to Nina Jacobson for her time!
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