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Sci Fi Magazine Interviews Francis Lawrence & Nina Jacobson


The latest issue of Sci Fi Magazine has an interview with Francis Lawrence & Nina Jacobson on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I’m surprised they’re even doing interviews with how hush-hush everything’s been with Mockingjay Part 1. I figured they’d try to torture the fans a little longer :)

Here’s a small part of the interview:

Francis Lawrence on their altered approach to Katniss’ vulnerability in Mockingjay Part 1: 

We had already been shooting for about five weeks when Catching Fire was released, and you could see and feel the reaction people had to the end of the movie. It affected our approach to her character and her state of mind. Although she is damaged, it’s about modulating the right kind of damage so you still have some of that fierce determination, anger, and suspicion. It’s balancing all of that with fragility because there’s not much fragility in that look at the end of Catching Fire, so it was about finding the nuance of her damagedness. I have to say Part 1 was probably one of the most complex movies I’ve done in terms of tracking a character’s emotional state. It’s so specific, and you have to be so careful not to go down the wrong path. It would be so easy for the fine tuning of the performance to go off – not because of anybody’s fault – but it’s literally making the right choices to go down the right path. But I think Jen did a great job and I’m really pleased. 

Lawrence on Suzanne Collins’ complete approval and participation in any changes they made to the Mockingjay narrative:

We had to do a lot of Coin creation with Suzanne, the writer, and also with Julianne Moore. [Suzanne] is filled with tons of back story on people and mythological elements, so there’s so much information. While I was shooting Catching Fire, she and I would sit down on weekends and go through [Mockingjay]. We broke out the book together and she wrote outlines while working with Peter Craig, who did the majority of work on the scripts. She’s always up for the expansion, which is fun, and I think she gets a kick out of imagining things that are happening alongside the books.” 

He’s also – obviously – not going to give up where that MJ1 & MJ 2 split will happen but says:

[Both films] say something different and that’s one of the reasons that the split works. I think they are two distinct stories within a larger story so thematically, each one’s a little different. It was about figuring out where that end is for Part 1 that tells the story properly. That gives us a range and, within that range, we played around with where exactly it is, and for what effect, but I’m really happy with the way Part 1 ends. 

That’s not all that’s in the article, so you should probably find a copy of Sci Fi Magazine for yourself. I know I will.

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James Newton Howard records the scoring for ‘Mockingjay’ part 1

James Newton Howard is back at it . Producer Nina Jacobson and our Johanna, Jena Malone shared  on their twitter and Instagram that they watched him record the score for Mockingjay part 1. Check it out :

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Jeffrey Wright completes filming as Beetee. ‘Mockingjay’ to wrap on 6/20/14

Mockingjay filming is coming to an end tomorrow. Our Beetee , Jeffrey Wright tweeted finishing filming today, while Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson tweeted that filming will finish on 6/20/14.  While I’m excited for the release of  Mockingjay part 1 in November, I’m also a little sad knowing the end is nearing.

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‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina Jacobson reassures fan about the ‘Mockingjay’ Epilogue

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson tweeted a fan recently to reassure them about the Mockingjay epilogue. Check out the tweets :

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What do you guys think? Do you want the epilogue included at the end of the Mockingjay film?

‘Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson on fan presence while filming at Noisy Le Grand

May 19, 2014 | No Comments »
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At the Lionsgate Mockingjay party in Cannes, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson shared a story of the fan presence while they were shooting in the Paris suburb of Noisy Le Grand :

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ProducerNina Jacobson, who optioned the rights to the books from author Suzanne Collins, said the cast had just arrived from a month in Paris, where they had been concurrently filming “Mockingjay: Parts 1 and 2.”

One particular fond memory, she said, was shooting in the suburb of Noisy Le Grand, which unlike the other closed sets from the franchise, allowed fans to gathered and flood Twitter with distant snapshots of the cast.

“We had a ton of people around, hoping for a glimpse,” Jacobson said. “It was a warm welcome, except every now and again when we were shooting, someone would toss an egg at us.” Thankfully, nobody got yolk on Katniss.

Read the entire article at Variety 

Video soundbites of the ‘Hunger Games ‘ cast talking ‘Mockingjay’ at Cannes

Before the big Lionsgate Mockingjay party at Cannes on 5/17/14, our cast, director and producers stopped to  talk Mockingjay with various press outlets. Here’s a compilation of soundbites from the red carpet.

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Photo Gallery : Cast attend the Mockingjay part 1 party at Cannes

Earlier today we posted photos from the Mockingjay cast photo call at Cannes. On 5/17/14, our cast, producers and director stepped out to enjoy the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival.



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What We Learned from the ‘Mockingjay’ Filmmaker Roundtable – Part 2

Here is the rest of what we learned from the exclusive Filmmaker Roundtable on Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Peter Craig answer questions about Mockingjay.


8. There will be no CGI Philip Seymour Hoffman.

After his death, there were rumors that any remaining scenes featuring Plutarch would involve CGI (like Tron: Legacy did to make Jeff Bridges into a younger version of himself). But only real footage of Philip Seymour Hoffman will be used for any remaining scenes he might have been in.

We had to rewrite the dialogue scenes that he had left and there’s no question that shooting those scenes is painful without him. We might give a line of Plutarch’s to Haymitch or Effie, but only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene. -Nina Jacobson

9. Katniss is who she is & we learn about ‘The Hanging Tree.’

When Katniss goes to District 8 and says, ‘If we burn, you burn with us.’ For the first time, she sees the impact that she has on the people. Those moments where Katniss owns what and who she is really give me the chills. Oh and I’m excited about what these two dreamed up for ‘The Hanging Tree.’ Francis and Peter came up with an incredible way of turning a powerful moment in the book into great cinema. –Jacobson

It makes me happy to know they kept “The Hanging Tree.”

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10. There’s a new screenwriter on set.

After working on the early scripts for both Mockingjay films, Danny Strong had other project commitments. So Peter Craig, novelist & screenwriter, was brought in, and things are working out.

We all trust each other so much and I’ve never been with a group of people where everybody is so smart and has so much to say. Francis and Nina are so great at focusing on the nuance of character—no matter how much is going on or how big an action sequence is, it’s always about character. –Peter Craig

As a screenwriter, Craig co-wrote The Town with Ben Affleck, and will be writing Bad Boys 3 in the future. As a novelist, he has 3 books under his belt, with his most recent, Blood Father, in pre-production as a film starring Mel Gibson.

11. Sometimes it’s good to get out of Katniss’ head.

You just can’t make a film as myopic as Katniss becomes in some parts of this book. But that was an opportunity and not a drawback at all. We still stayed very Katniss-centric and she still completely drives the movie, but the fun thing is that we get to mash her arc with what’s actually happening in all of Panem. And we get to show parallels in other districts. Suzanne was helpful with building out moments or things that are mentioned in maybe just a sentence or two in the book. -Craig

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12. We still don’t have confirmation of where they’ve split the book.

They’re being very secretive about this bit of information. Even when asked directly, the filmmakers manage to beat around the bush.

The first half of the book is clearly a story about trying to get Peeta back. Emotionally, Katniss is betrayed. She’s a foreigner in a strange land. She knows that people are looking to her to make a change, and this is the time where she realizes she can’t stand by and do nothing. Snow has done too much. There has been too much deception, and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. -Jacobson

Yeah, it sounds like they’ve split it after Peeta is rescued, but who knows? They might just be tricking us all.


You can check out the rest of the exclusives HERE.

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