'Mockingjay: Part 1' production notes reveal run-time, cast/crew interviews and more

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The official production notes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 have been released by Lionsgate Publicity UK for perusal. The notes reveal that the run time for the movie is 123 minutes, and that both The Hanging Tree and Lorde’s track Yellow Flicker Beat will be played during the end credits.

The notes also confirm that the new character Egeria is indeed played by Sarita Choudhary.

Excerpts from the interviews and discussions with the cast and crew can be found below:

Francis Lawrence:

“Emotionally, Katniss is like a foreigner in a strange land as this story begins. This is the time when she realizes she can’t stand by and do nothing. There has been too much deception and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.”

“The stakes have always been high in The Hunger Games but now the entire world opens up. The Games themselves are gone, but threat of oppression now permeates all of Panem. This chapter gave us a chance to reveal entirely new locations with amazing action sequences. It’s a gigantic movie.”

Jennifer Lawrence:

“I was excited for Katniss to come into her own as a leader, but she’s still a very reluctant hero. In the first movie she wanted to save her family. In the second, she tried to save her friends and herself. Now, she starts to realize the impact she has on the wider world and that she has a
choice to lead this battle for what is right.”

“As an actor, the challenge was having Katniss wake up in a brand new environment, where she has to rebuild herself from nothing. Katniss
has not only left behind her old life as a District 12 victor, she has entered a world unlike any other. She has to get used to a new way of life in District 13. Everything is deeply unfamiliar and it’s all underground, so she can’t even go outside or hunt.”

“She felt almost like an entirely different character because she is so stripped down and feeling so empty, It’s something that truly does happen to people after traumatic events like she’s been through. Katniss still has the same core, but she’s in a completely different place inside and out.”

“She goes into the propos feeling like a pawn, like the Mockingjay is just a symbol she’s not connected to or passionate about. The whole idea of the propos is to get people fired up, to band together – so Katniss faking at being something that she’s not doesn’t work. It’s oñly when she sees the human cost in District 8 that a true spark is ignited. The more she sees, the more it becomes a personal fight for her.”

Nina Jacobson:

“It’s a very tense and powerful story and the emotions on screen are surprisingly deep. It takes you to places you will not expect to be taken’ It’s provocative, thoughtful and up to the last minutes of the film, the way it unfolds is shocking.”

 

Josh Hutcherson:

“Where Peeta goes as a character is really dark and really intense. It’s actually what I was most looking forward to as an actor from reading the books.”

“Now that she knows he’s alive, but seeing the state he’s in, and she hears what he is saying – she doesn’t know if he’s a good guy anymore or if he’s completely turned and now believes the words he’s saying in support of the Capitol.”

Liam Hemsworth:

“Gale has reached the tipping point. He’s had enough as far as the Capitol’s abuse goes, so he’s not scared to stand up to it. He feels ready to go to war, in spite of the costs, to try to take down The Capitol. He sees the biggest part of his job as being the one to give Katniss the support and courage to become the Mockingjay. He’s now kind of her right-hand man.”

“He knows that they have to spread the word that the Mockingiay is alive and that only she can bring people together to stand up to The Capitol. Gale and Katniss have known each other their whole lives and have a lot of love for each other. But the difference between them is that Gale now sees anyone who has anything to do with the Capitol as guilty. Katniss doesn’t have those blinders.”

Woody Harrelson:

“Haymitch’s thing before was always to emotionally detach himself from the people he was mentoring. He truly sees how much he loves Katniss and Peeta, and he realizes they’ve become a kind of family to him, in a very real sense.”

Jon Kilik on Plutarch Heavensbee:

“Plutarch has been trying to sell this idea that one of the ways to unite all the districts is through not just propaganda, but through the sheer power of the Mockingjay image – through this one irreplaceable symbol that can unite and inspire everybody in Panem to come together and fight for this cause.”

Elizabeth Banks:

“In her own way, Effie rebels against the stringency of District 13 by showing her individuality. That’s important to her and an important theme for the movie, because it goes to show that the people in The Capitol are not all evil. Effie might disdain District 13, but she is also grateful to be there rather than feeling the wrath of President Snow.”

Jeffrey Wright:

“You really get to see Beetee in action working in his laboratory designing systems and weapons and trying to hack into The Capitol’s communications. He has a very critical role in the advancement of the rebellion.”

Sam Claflin:

“Finnick finds out that the love of his life, Annie Cresta, has been kidnapped alongside Peeta and Johanna. That puts him in a very, very vulnerable position, and he doesn’t really know how to deal with that loss.”

“What’s incredible about Mockingjay is that it picks up at a point when everything has changed drastically, and every character you care about has seemingly gone to hell and back. They hope that they had escaped from their lives as tributes, but they’re actually confined even tighter. Now, they’re in this very regimented, new world of District 13 and it is quite disorienting. I see Finnick as being very broken at the beginning of Mockingjay, but he starts to find his feet again.”

Willow Shields:

“My character has evolved so much. Prim started out a scared child afraid to lose her sister and best friend but now she has become her own strong person who can really be there for Katniss.”

Donald Sutherland:

“Katniss never wanted a war, with all its suffering, and yet that is what her character appears to have started. Snow understands the effect that will have on her, just as he knows that he can get to her emotions through Peeta.”

Stanley Tucci:

“It is the kind of thing that you don,t often get to do as actor, this kind of a very theatrical performance on fìlm. Caesar is at once horrifying and charming and funny and repellent and it’s great.”

Julianne Moore:

“In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Coin sees herself as a very practical revolutionary, someone who is focused on making the best decisions for her people and for the people in the other Districts. Francis and I talked and while we wanted Coin to feel very real, we also wanted her to be someone who is really hard to get to know.”

Mahershala Ali:

 “Boggs is someone who has never lived above ground, and the only thing he’s heard about and trained for his entire life is the coming revolution against The Capitol. At first he’s a bit skeptical of Katniss because she’s just this young girl who seems caught in something she knows is much bigger than her. Over time, as he gets to know her and see her in action, he really grows to love and respect her.”

Natalie Dormer:

“When Cressida first starts filming Katniss with the propos, she’s got quite a cynical idea of what she’s trying to create – she just wants to paste the symbol of the Mockingjay onto Katniss. As she spends time with Katniss, and as the story develops, you see Cressida starting to really believe in Katniss as that galvanizing icon who can unite an oppressed people.”

Evan Ross:

“[Messalla] and Cressida have come of age together fighting against The Capitol by putting out information about what’s really going on. They were becoming really big directors in The Capitol but they went against the Capitol by following Katniss. They’ve stuck together to fight for what they believe is right.”

Wes Chatham:

“What I think is so inspiring about The Hunger Games is how it all started with a person from District 12 who outsmarts President Snow and from that one person has come this huge uprising, this challenge to power, in Mockingjay. Castor is part of the movement hoping to unite all the districts into a rebellion.”

Elden Henson:

“It’s actually been amazing, because just really concentrating on emotions alone is so liberating.”

“It’s really a departure from the other movies in every way. It’s been building up but now Katniss and everyone else really has to step up.”

 

We would recommend reading the notes if you would like an incredibly detailed insight into the movie. The PDF of the file can be found here.

 

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