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Film School Rejects Reviews 19 Things Learned from Catching Fire Commentary


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out on DVD and Blu-ray today and one of the special features available is the film with added commentary from director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. Film School Rejects watched the movie with the audio commentary on and have compiled a list of 19 things we learn about Catching Fire’s production.

Here are some of our faves:

2. Multiple scenes faced sound challenges due to location. The opening sequence had noise from the ice breaking up in the river, the scenes in District 11 were shot near train tracks in Atlanta, and the Tribute training sequences were shot in parking garages with bad sound. This resulted in a lot of ADR work and clever sound editing.

Jabberjays note: You’ll learn in the making of special feature Surviving the Games that the set photos we saw at the Georgia Dome last year were taken when they were filming training center scenes because they used the stadium’s parking garage!

8. In the book, Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) flashes a pocket watch with a mockingjay on it at Katniss, and she spends time questioning his reasons, but when they shot the scene and edited into the movie, it came across as spoiling the surprise at the end without the internal monologue of Katniss to distract viewers.

11. During the shooting of the scene in which Johanna (Jena Malone) strips in the elevator, a production assistant pressed the wrong floor button. The elevator stopped on the wrong floor and opened to a random guy from the hotel, who got a nice eyeful of topless Malone.

19. After Johanna knocks down Katniss and removes her tracker, Finnick runs by yelling, “Johanna?” When the scene was shot, he yelled, “Katniss?” This was changed in the final cut of the film in order to make his motivations more confusing.

Read the full list at Film School Rejects and be sure to tell us which is your favorite one.

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