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Hunger Games fans have known that Lionsgate will be filming some of Catching Fire in IMAX, but actor Josh Hutcherson revealed that the arena scenes were shot for the large format screen.
In an interview with MTV News, Hutcherson, who plays Peeta in the franchise, spoke about some of the early production work on Catching Fire.
“They actually built a cornucopia in Atlanta that we shot at, and it looks amazing, and the way that the spokes got out, and the way everyone comes up on the pedestals and the water — it looks incredible,” he explained. “I've seen some of the CG renderings that [director] Francis [Lawrence] has worked on, and they look really, really great.”
Next, he talked about how great the arena scenes will look in theaters, thanks to the huge IMAX camera being used to film them.
“They're shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX,” he said. “So when you go see it in IMAX, you'll see the regular movie when we're in the Districts and in the Capitol. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It's very cool.”
While The Hunger Games was not filmed with IMAX cameras, it was digitally remastered for the larger screens earlier this year and the move paid off for the studio. So, it was only natural that the studio would decide to shoot some scenes in IMAX for the sequel. The move was announced in June.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also stars Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence and opens on Nov. 22, 2013.
The production recently moved to Hawaii, where Lawrence was spotted in a bikini during filming.