Francis Lawrence recently sat down with Collider to discuss a few points on Catching Fire. The video is down below, but here are a few of the major talking points:
-What was he most nervous about in making Catching Fire?
-Talks about inheriting the cast as he’s never directed a sequel.
-How long was the assembly cut?
-Are there a lot of deleted scenes and will they be on the Blu-ray? Says the scenes they cut out will be on the Blu-ray.
-Talks about his shooting schedule for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. Reveals they’ve already shot 5 weeks on the film.
Check out the video below for the full interview!
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Digital Spy talked to Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Francis Lawrence about favorite scenes shot so far, working with the cast and crew, and Mockingjay “surprises”. Hmmm, we wonder what those surprises will be!
The LA Times Hero Complex recently caught up with Francis Lawrence to discuss the time crunch involved with filming Catching Fire, creating unity between the Hunger Games and Catching Fire films, talking to the cast about PTSD, and more.
Hero Complex: You were hired to direct “Catching Fire” just 20 weeks before shooting began. Is that correct?
Francis Lawrence: It happened very, very quickly. They were sort of under a time crunch. I’d read the news about Gary leaving the project and then about a day later I got a call from my agent that everybody involved in the project wanted to see if I was interested. Within about a week, I had the job. I had been under even a stricter time crunch once before on “I Am Legend.” We actually had about 12 weeks to prep [before shooting began on that film] … This was a little more luxurious than that. The nice thing was we had a book that was really cinematic already, so there was a lot that I kind of just pulled straight from the book.
HC: Did you have distinct ideas about what elements you wanted to retain from the first movie and what you wanted to do differently?
FL: I’d never stepped into a sequel before. I definitely wanted to make sure there was an aesthetic unity between the first movie and my movie. I would say photographically I really liked what Gary did in terms of approaching it from a naturalistic style. My own personal version of naturalism is different than his… Most of my visual approach was born from the kind of story it is. This is the portion of the three books where the story really kind of opens up, the mythology opens up. We get to see a lot more of the world, a lot more of the Capitol, a lot more of the districts. I definitely wanted to mine that. We were going to a lot of new districts and seeing more within each of those districts and seeing the Capitol in a different way. So, [we were] making choices like, OK, if we have a chariot parade and they had one for the last one how can we do it differently? Let’s do it during the day this time so we can see more. There were a lot of choices that I made that were just based on season. This movie starts about six months after the last Games, which places us in winter, so I got to do District 12 in the winter as opposed to District 12 in the summer. That drove a lot of decisions as well in terms of color and the sort of look of the entire district — bare trees and cooler tones.
HC: What sorts of conversations did you have with the actors, specifically Jennifer Lawrence, prior to filming?
FL: We talked a lot about PTSD. I had her speak to somebody about PTSD. Jena Malone, who plays Johanna, she spoke to somebody. Woody [Harrelson], we start to discover [his character, Haymitch, is] a drinker because of PTSD. It was those kinds of little things because that was the element in terms of Katniss’ character that we wanted to explore – what that does to somebody and how a girl like Katniss really, she doesn’t want the responsibility that’s about to be laid on her shoulders. She just wants her old life back. Even if it’s not what most people would think is a great life, it’s a lot better than being under the thumb of President Snow or being asked to be a symbol for a revolution. That’s just a lot of responsibility that a 17-year-old girl wouldn’t want. That’s what most of our conversation were about.
ComingSoon.net chatted with director Francis Lawrence about joining the Hunger Games franchise and casting the new Catching Fire actors. Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz talk Effie outfits, Cinna’s determination, and fan interactions. Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson talk the meaningfulness of the story and working with Francis Lawrence.
Stephanie Leigh Schlund who plays Cashmere in Catching Fire, says she originally auditioned for Glimmer in the Hunger Games movie. It’s kind of funny, because I always thought she would make a good Glimmer too! Stephanie also talks goofballs on set, training, the arena, and more with Popsugar.
It’s here!! It’s here!! Catching Fire has finally arrived in theaters! We want to know your reactions to the film so leave a message in the comments below telling us your thoughts on the movie. Favorite scenes, lines, performance, etc.
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MTV’s Josh Horowitz was also on the red carpet in LA last night to talk with the cast and crew of Catching Fire. Check out clips from the interviews below.
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Miss all or part of last night’s live stream for the Catching Fire Premiere in LA? No worries, Yahoo! Movies has your back. They have taken many of the amazing interviews with the cast and crew and turned them into their own video clips. Check them out below.
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After spending yesterday in LA at the premiere of Catching Fire, Josh flew all the way across the country to appear on Good Morning America this morning to promote the film. Josh talks about the cast and crew, how he relates to Peeta and more. He also answered fan questions and showed a sweet clip of Katniss and Peeta on the train. Check it out below…read more
The red carpet from the US Premiere of just finished up a few hours ago, and we’ve got some great photos to share with you of the cast and crew, as well as Suzanne Collins and past tributes Jackie Emerson (Foxface) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove). Check them all out below in the gallery. (Note…we are still looking for additional photos of the cast, so we’ll be updating when we can!)
11/19 UPDATED!! We just added some great new pics to the gallery, including our first look at Woody Harrelson, a great shot of Jennifer and Suzanne Collins, the cast on stage, and a sweet pic of Jen and Willow. You can check them all out at the end of the gallery.