Immersed in Movies: 'The Hunger Games' Futuristic Control Room

by Bill Desowitz
March 30, 2012 5:59 PM
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"The Hunger Games" control room Lionsgate
Without a doubt, the most fascinating design aspect of "The Hunger Games" is the futuristic control room, where the gamemakers not only keep tabs on all the Tributes but also stack the deck against Katniss whenever possible.

While the look of this survival-of-the-fittest, reality-TV nightmare evokes Hitler's Third Reich, the control room is actually the most futuristic component of the movie. This was crucial to director Gary Ross and VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal, who had only 23 weeks to pull off 1,200 total VFX shots on a very tight budget. But when Lionsgate enthusiastically supported a temp version of the movie early on, they increased the VFX budget, allowing Duggal to spread the wealth among a dozen more companies.

"There was such tremendous pressure on us that we were constantly looking for creative ways to make up for the lack of time and money," Duggal says. "And then we had to work really hard to come up with extra solutions and then sell these out."

She needed all her skills to pull off the look and functionality of the control room.

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  • Captain_Celluloid | March 31, 2012 1:51 PMReply

    This is a pretty light weight piece on some pretty lightweight effects.

    Wonder where the stories on JOHN CARTER's effects are?

    It certainly does feel like the media in general is giving HUNGER GAMES a full court free pass
    and lots of free inches . . . .

    . . . whereas poor JOHN CARTER was killed by the media before birth.

    Doesn't hardly seem fair, does it.

  • Steve | March 30, 2012 8:33 PMReply

    I'm actually the third guy in the second row. It was a very cool experience and almost all of the Game Tech's were fans.

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