Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2-Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 24, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

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“Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2″ is the last film in the series of films based on the science fiction trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The film was directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, and many more. Katniss (Lawrence) becomes the symbol of hope and strength for the people in the districts and the soldiers waging war against President Snow (Sutherland) under the leadership of President Coin (Moore). This war comes after Katniss’ defiance and escape from the dreaded Hunger Games. Katniss along with Gale, Peeta, Finnick, and other loyal friends travel to the capital with one objective, to kill Snow. The story takes a turn when she realizes that President Coin presents a similar danger to Panem. Nevertheless, Katniss heroically saves the people of Panem, with a selfless act that leads to her imprisonment, but Panem’s democracy. This movie hit the theaters on November 20, 2015.

Filming for this movie took place in many places including European cities such as Berlin and Paris but also several locations in the state of Georgia. Principal photography started in Atlanta in September 2013 and filming took place in other cities in the state of Georgia such as Rockmart and Newnan, where the Caldwell Tanks were used. Scenes of the capitol were filmed at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on December, 13, 2013. The hotel was used for scenes in which the tributes appeared in their living quarters while in the capital.

One of the most interesting film locations was the setting for President’s Snow’s mansion and office in the Capital of Panem. For this purpose, the crew and cast spent time filming in the Swan House of the Atlanta History Center, located in Buckland, Atlanta. The Swan House is a historical gem built in the 1920′s by a cotton baron. It is designed in Italian and English styles and features exquisite furnishings. The location scouts were drawn in by its elegance. Although there were some changes made for Hollywood effect, many of the original furnishings and objects in the mansion were kept unchanged and appeared as is in the movies. The mansion now features a tour that focuses on the Swan House’s role in the Hunger Games trilogy films. The tour is titled “Designing an Executive Mansion” and features photographs of cast and crew during filming as well as objects that can be spotted on the big screen.

If you missed the “Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2″ in theaters, catch it on DVD or Blue Ray.

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Parent Movie Review: HungerGames MockingJay Part 2

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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The Hunger Games final installment is known as Mockingjay Part 2, but it is not exactly the kind of movie you would take your kids off to. You first have to get past the idea that this movie is entertainment for children. It is not. These are movies filled with violence and sexual innuendo that basically never stops. The attacks on a capitalist society are just as bad, and you will feel yourself cringing as an adult when you are watching this movie with your kids. There are many things to look out for if you still want to brave this movie with your kids or your family.

Violent Content
The Hunger Games are violent from start to finish, and there is no way to get around it. These are movies about kids killing other kids, and more people are going to die than in your standard war movie. You might have felt ok showing your kids Midway or Bridge On The River Kwai because those are historic movies that tell your kids about things that really happened. This is a movie that uses violence to get the end of the story plain and simple.

You will see people skewered by arrows shot by the main character, and you will see people die in explosions and other ways that are quite gruesome. That alone makes it very hard to watch, and you need to be prepared for gut-wrenching deaths that your kids are probably not ready for. You can stop right there and think about how much violence you want your kids to see.

The advanced special effects and the plotline require a lot of people to die in this movie, and this movie uses violence to make its point. The point could have been made in a more civil and wholesome way, but the book and movie companies want parents to think that this movie is actually for kids. Please remember that it is not.

Sexual Content
You have to get past the fact that the whole movie is pushing a certain couple into bed together, and it is making their love story seem romantic when it is just a way to survive a war. This is not how you would want your kids to act, but it seems to be the only way that this movie will portray relationships. Remember that there is no Christianity in this movie, and there are basically no morals. That is going to be hard to explain to your kids because the movie is rife with intrigue that is created with the use of any moral compass.

Drug and Alcohol Content
Drugs and alcohol are not really present in the movies, but the problem is that people are poisoned just to make the story keep moving along. So, you are not seeing anything that is asking your kids to do drugs or drink, but they might as well be if they think that it is cool to go into an arena to fight and kill other kids. Two of the kids in the movie actually tried to commit suicide together in an earlier movie, and you have to wonder what kind of message this movie is sending when these kids are doing such things.

You do not want your kids to get any ideas, and it is better that you just keep them away from this movie so that they do not think that anything they could do is not as bad as what happens in the movie. Kids will think like this, and you have to protect their young minds from all the excessive sex and violence that is fueled by poison and the occasional alcoholic drink.

The Verdict
This is a very easy movie to review because it is nothing more than a gratuitous attack on capitalism that uses attractive young actors to make the movie seem appealing. Anyone who is watching this movie will be shocked by how much violence is in it, and the movie does not even have a good resolution because two people who should not be in love or even thinking of having sex are doing just that. The torture scenes are violent in a way that is truly disturbing, and it is not a movie that kids should be allowed to watch.

You would be much better off reading the books with your kids so that you can explain it to them. You will be able to let them into adulthood later in life knowing that they will not want to watch movies like this, and you can avoid the questions that they will ask just by skipping the movie. It is impossible to explain such a violent and sexually-charged movie to your kids when there is nothing else to talk about.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta, have earned a well deserved break, and they are finally able to enjoy peace in knowing that their fight has come to an end; or are they? Are the Hunger Games truly over for the only two tributes ever to survive the horrendous games together, or has their fight just begun?

Katniss and Peeta sacrificed everything, nearly committing suicide during the games, because of their true feelings for each other. While many see this as the act of love that it truly represents, there are those who look at it as an act of defiance against the Capitol. This is a problem for President Snow, the primary oppressor in Panem, and it quickly becomes a problem for Katniss and Peeta.

They were promised many things, including a lifetime of support from the Capitol, but what they are left with is a shallow victory indeed. Everything that they were made to endure, for the prize of stardom and fame, is for nothing in the end and the end is soon to begin for them both. You see, there are changes coming to the 75th annual Hunger Games, in honor of the third “Quarter Quell”, and former victors are expected to be a significant part of this change. In fact, they will be fighting right along side new comers to the bloody games.

Positive Elements

The sacrifice that Katniss and Peeta made, during the last Hunger Games, offered much hope to those witnessing the unselfish act, and it is what transforms the next Hunger Games into what it will become. The games have always been about survival, and more specifically about an individuals will to survive, and this year will be no different. However, there will be one incredible twist and that is the fact that the fight will not be between one tribute and another, but rather between the combined efforts of the tributes and those who continue to oppress them.

That’s right, the tributes (many of them anyway) have decided to stop fighting against one another and begin making the very same sacrifices that Katniss and Peeta made for each other. This is all due to the fact that they were greatly affected by the original sacrifice they witnessed in the last games. But what they don’t realize is that the sacrifices that they will be making will be much greater than they might have first expected.

One of the tributes (Haymitch) is approached by both Peeta and Katniss, at separate points during the games, and is asked to help the other survive no matter what the cost. This is just one more act of sacrifice, by the two most important individuals in the game, and is what continues to feed the fire that is the tributes will to survive together. Needless to say, sacrifices are made throughout the 75th annual Hunger Games that affect more than just those involved in the game itself.

People everywhere begin to take life threatening risks simply to support Panem and its growing rebellion. This sacrifice spreads throughout each of the 12 Districts and leads directly to the two most important people to Katniss; his very own mother and sister. Their message to Katniss is communicated quite clearly: We are nowhere near as important as everything that is going on in Panem at this point, so don’t worry about us.

Sexual Elements

Peeta, Katniss, and Haymitch share an elevator ride together with Joanna, another tribute in this years games, that turns into a strip show as Joanna removes all of her clothing in defiance against being forced to continually dress up for the cameras. The view is of Joanna’s bare back although the three additional elevator riders see a whole lot more. Joanna also asks Peeta how he feels about the fact that the whole world wants to sleep with him.

Katniss and Peeta share an unusual love in that Katniss has feelings for Gale, the hunting partner that she shared much of her childhood with. They kiss at several points throughout the movie, but those kisses are nothing compared to the kiss that Katniss and Peeta share on the beach during one scene in particular. This stirs up very definite conflicting feelings in Katniss as her feelings for Peeta continue to grow stronger. Katniss and Peeta end up sleeping together, in a non-sexual way, for the purpose of helping to stop the constant occurrence of nightmares.

Violent Elements

The violent acts that the tributes experience is, by far, the worst that moviegoers will see, but it is by no means the only violence witnessed. Tributes are stabbed in the stomach, torn apart by creatures that have been genetically modified, shot with arrows in the chest, killed by a poisonous mist capable of causing the skin to blister, cut down with an ax, and much more! The violence is, at times, very brutal and while it is simply a means to an end, it can be quite horrific.

Drug and Alcohol Elements

There are several elements throughout the movie including one scene, in particular, where Katniss is injected with a sedative, but only after using this very same sedative during the attack of another man. There is yet another scene where Gale is beaten with a whip, and then immediately injected with morphine.

Katniss pays Haymitch a visit, at his home, and states that she is in need of a drink. Haymitch replies, “Finally, something I can help you with.” and she does exactly that. There aren’t too many forms of alcohol that Haymitch won’t drink which is probably why he is either in a drunken state, or is on his way there, throughout the movie. His mission is typically to escape the pain of his past.

Conclusion

Katniss wants to live and she wants everyone she cares for to live as well. What she comes to realize quite quickly is that running is not the answer. The answer is in staying and fighting for what she believes to be true. Along with Peeta and the others, she learns that the true fight is more about coming up with the best way to live her life while she still has life in her body.

There is nothing more prevalent throughout the movie than sacrifice, and amidst it all is the horrifying bloodshed that we are made to witness. Would the message have been the same had the violence been omitted from its storyline? Possibly however, it is there and it represents Panem’s constant fight against those who would threaten their freedom to love and care for those closest to them.

The Hunger Games: “Catching Fire” is a movie full of what might be considered to be controversial scenes to some, but to others it relays a very distinct, and much needed message. Watching this movie will come down to personal preference (as it does with most movies of its kind) and will be determined on an individual basis.

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Filming in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jan 23, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed In Georgia: Hunger Games Mockingjay

The third installment of ‘The Hunger Games’ series, ‘Mockingjay’, is currently filming in Georgia. ‘The Hunger Games’ is a best-selling, science fiction book trilogy from author, Suzanne Collins. The trilogy’s first two books, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire’ have already been adapted into films and have dominated the box office world wide. The third book, ‘Mockingjay’ will be spilt into two films. Much of part one and two of the film are filming back to back in parts of Georgia.

One of the filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ is in Newnan, Georgia. The film’s crew has set up shop at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan. Caldwell Tanks is a manufacturer of water tanks, industrial-field erected tanks, and concrete storage structures. Inside one of Caldwell Tanks’ large industrial buildings, production crews spent weeks building a coliseum set. The cast and crew trailers have also gone up inside the facility. Security and police have been seen lined all around the property and the set has been closed to the public. Newnan has also recently been the filming grounds for AMC’s hit show, “The Walking Dead”.

Over in Atlanta, the Marriott Marquis Hotel is playing host to the set of ‘Mockingjay’ as well. The Marriott Marquis is located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Pictures of the set going up at the hotel began surfacing online back in December. Rumors around the internet say that the hotel is being used to represent parts of the totalitarian government, the Capital, that is portrayed in the books and in the films. The second film in the series, ‘Catching Fire’, also filmed scenes at the Marriott Marquis in 2012.

There have been a few other Georgia filming locations for ‘Mockingjay’ including, the Pullman Yard industrial facility in the Kirkwood area and Sweetwater Creek State Park outside of Atlanta, rural Dawsonville, and Carlton Farms in Rockmart, which is known for its seasonal corn mazes.

Due to its advantageous tax breaks, Georgia has become a choice location for filming both movies and television shows. With the blockbuster ‘Catching Fire’ and now its sequel, ‘Mockingjay’ (parts one and two) filming in Georgia, the attraction to filming in Georgia is only expected going to grow.

‘Mockingjay’ stars Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Part one of the film is set to be released on November 21, 2014 and part two is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015.

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