In recent news, the production team of the Hunger Games series tells all on their decision to use film over digital film-making. This news has been well received by creatives who still trust and love the quality of film. There have been several favorable comments that the look of "Catching Fire"was drastically improved from the 1st movie in the series "Hunger Games." For the second film, the production team brought in a new director, Francis Lawrence. He elected to go "old school" on the film using Panavision cameras and lenses from the 1960's. Hollywood has replaced "old school" film-making with digital film-making. Bringing back this trusted approach made for an intimate and flawed experience.
"I think there's something very human about shooting with film," says director of photography Jo Willems. "It feels less machine-made … I find digital always a little bit clean." Willems also added that the grain structure and flawed appearance is one of the most beautiful things out there.
The choice of "old glass" lenses was intentional, meant to offset the super-modern look of Katniss Everdeen's journey, especially in the Capital.
"It's at times slightly flawed, it's not perfect, it's not super sharp. But it's all to kind of get away from the modern sterile look," Willems says.
"We were pretty intimate with the characters in all their scenes. There [were] no long lenses," notes Willems, who is already hard at work on "Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2. "To shoot handheld, to be close to the actors, really gives it an intimate feel, and the audience will notice that. The audience will experience it that way rather than being in the back of a room with a long lens trying to record something."
Catching Fire will be available in stores March 7th, 2014 on DVD and Blu-Ray if you want to check out the difference. The Mockingjay Part 1 is rumored to be in theaters November 2014.
[Via Yahoo Movies]