‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ To Be Partially Shot in IMAX

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:32 am,

hunger games catching fire imax The Hunger Games: Catching Fire To Be Partially Shot in IMAX

Director Gary Ross’ frenetic editing and photography was one aspect of The Hunger Games that many fans won’t miss in the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which Ross has passed on.

Of course, that was a deliberate creative maneuver on Ross’ part – and one which he had already indicated would not be repeated in Catching Fire, since it wouldn’t enhance the story on an artistic level. But since he’s no longer involved with the sequel, it’s a moot point. Moving on…

It turns out Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will have to employ a steadier hand with the movie, given that certain portions are going to be shot in the IMAX format. It probably goes without saying that the second Hunger Games flick has officially been announced for an IMAX release (like its predecessor).

THR has confirmed the decision by Lionsgate/Summit, which was surely inspired by the success of last year’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – and the surefire box office returns for next month’s The Dark Knight Rises, both of which were shot using IMAX cameras (more than an hour’s worth, with TDKR).

jennifer lawrence hunger games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire To Be Partially Shot in IMAX

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen will return in 'Catching Fire'

One of the big issues for movie geeks this year is the “3D or IMAX?” debate – and so far, IMAX seems to be winning, judging by how the box office returns for films like Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Men in Black III have been cushioned by high-attendance from IMAX screenings (in some cases with the “added benefit” of 3D). Even viewing experiences that do not stand to gain a whole lot from the massive scale (such as the currently-playing Dark Shadows, this week’s Rock of Ages, and the upcoming Frankenweenie) are all being (or have been) released in IMAX – hoping to take advantage of film patrons who feel the price upgrade really pays off.

Does shooting Catching Fire in IMAX make sense, from an artistic perspective? Suzanne Collins’ novel does focus a fair amount on world-building, as it reveals the numerous districts of Panem. Furthermore, our hero Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) comes to appreciate the daunting impact which she and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have had; their act of rebellion in the Hunger Games arena incited rebellion around the nation (and causes the Capitol to tighten its grip on the populace). That’s all to say: on a thematic level, Catching Fire is a big story – and needs to properly set the stage for all-out warfare in the final chapter, Mockingjay – so IMAX seems like the way to go.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will open in regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on November 22nd, 2013.

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Source: THR

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  1. Just shoot it in 2D and keep it in 2D and I wont care.

    • i totally agree!!!! i would actually prefer it in 2D

  2. “Partially shot in IMAX”? I’d rather Jennifer Lawrence was shot patially clothed in SPANDEX!!

    • Nice.

  3. Just give me movies shot on film and projected from film.
    The lower resolution digital conversion and projection
    is an inferior image and more like watching television.

    Of course, movies houses everywhere are phasing out
    and will soon end all film projection for digital and
    offer me a reason not to go to the movies.

  4. Oddly enough, I actually liked the shaky footage in The Hunger Games, because it felt more natural to the scene and made the audience feel less like an impartial observer serenely floating past the action. Also, skip the 3D. It’s expensive, and the glasses cut down on the overall experience.

    • No it didn’t, and it was a complete failure.

      • I wouldn’t say complete failure but it certainly wasn’t good. It definitely made me nauseous during the action scenes though…

    • I liked it too. It was a creative choice, to make you feel like you were there with all the action.

  5. IMAX > 3D.

    Look at Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. No 3D but the IMAX spoke for itself in 2D.

    • Agreed. That Arena will pop in IMAX…. not so much in 3D.

  6. I’m excited by this growing trend. And I don’t just mean screening in IMAX screens, but actually shooting in IMAX. I’m a bespectacled guy, so 3-D glasses are a hindrance. To me there is nothing more breathtaking than an IMAX-shot film on a true IMAX screen.

    The next order of business, though, would be to increase the number of true 70mm IMAX screens in the world. Most are fake and/or digital IMAX.

    • So true, if you saw ‘Ghost Protocol’ in 15/70 you truly did see something. Other IMAX (digital) screenings pale by comparison…

  7. The shaky-cam drove me nuts in The Hunger Games.

    • +1
      I also hated the shaky cam.

      I enjoyed the movie but did not go see it second time because horrible editing and ever shaking cam.

    • +1.
      I also hated the shaky cam.

      I enjoyed the movie but did not go see it second time because horrible editing and ever shaking cam.

      • Shaking cam was so fail. They should get a cameraman without parkinsons this time

        • I wouldn’t mind shaky cam again, as long as it’s controlled more. The MAIN thing I hope they carry on from the first film, is how Indy it looked. It didn’t have the polished look like you see in Twilight or Harry Potter. It made it feel you were actually there.

  8. My guess is that the quarter quell will be shot in IMAX. If so, I actually love the idea. I’m already excited about seeing the arena brought to life, IMAX will make the action more awesome and the cinematography more (such as the ocean) more incredible.

  9. I don’t understand how partial IMAX works. I don’t have an IMAX screen where I live. Does the picture change in different scenes?

    • Yes, it switches from 2.35 (or whatever its main aspect ratio is) to the IMAX ratio (1.44 on true IMAX, usually cropped a little for Digital IMAX) during those scenes. If you have The Dark Knight blu-ray, for example, you can see this switch. Personally, I don’t mind it at all.

  10. Wow! November of 2013 seems a very long time. I hope it will be worth the wait. Having a new Director for the sequel makes the next film unpredictable. And if I have to choose, I still prefer 2D of the film.