Film Case Study: The Hunger Games


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Film Case Study: The Hunger Games

  2. 2. CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND OF THE HUNGER GAMES: • The Hunger Games is an adaptation from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins • The book was first published in 2008 and development started quickly in 2009 when Lions Gate Entered into a co-production agreement with Color Force • Collins collaborated with director Gary Ross and screenplay writer Billy Ray.
  3. 3. PREPRODUCTION • The financial backing to create the film was an obviously difficult process, Nina Jacobson’s production company Color Force, had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the novel. • Lions Gate studios took charge of overseeing the production and sold asests to secure a budget of $88,000,000 which was their biggest yet.
  4. 4. LIONSGATE VS. COLOR FORCE • Hunger Games • Diary of a Wimpy Kid • The Expendables • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules • The Last Stand • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days • Saw • One Day • Coran the Barbarian • Hunger Games • The Possession (All Book Adaptations) • Abduction • You’re Next • Cabin in the Woods (Genres of Horror, Action, Family and Faith)
  5. 5. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS • • Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (Blu-ray) (DVD) Audio Visual Entertainment (2012) (Greece) (Blu-ray) (DVD) ABC Family (2014) (USA) (TV) • Lionsgate (2012) (UK) (theatrical) • Lionsgate (2012) (USA) (theatrical) • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical) • • Warner Bros. (2012) (Spain) (theatrical) • The distribution companies would have known what the audience is for, for the Hunger Games because the film was first a book and it already had a known target audience.
  6. 6. Gary Ross Other Films that Gary Ross has directed in the past have been The Tale of Desperaux (2008), Seabiscut (2003), Pleasantville (1998) and Trial and Error (1997). From these other films containing a variety of genres it shows that Ross doesn’t choose films by genre and is not an expertise in any particular genre. The Director gets input from his twins into which films he should direct. When the Collins’ trilogy was released his twins were immersed in the in the gritty, post-apocalyptic world created by Collins.
  7. 7. THE STARS OF THE HUNGER GAMES: • Katniss Everdeen– Jenifer Lawrence • Peeta Mellark – Josh Hutcherson • Gale Hawthorne – Liam Hemsworth • Haymitch Abernathy - Woody Harrelson • Effie Trinket – Elizabeth Banks • Cinna – Lenny Kravitz
  8. 8. JENNIFER LAWRENCE • After winning an Academy Award Jennifer Lawrence would have been in a high hype after Winters Bone. • Not only was Ross interested in having a mature actress fill the role he was also stunned by Jennifer's auditions.
  10. 10. SPIN-OFFS • The Starving Games is an American parody spin-off of the Hunger Games. • The film had many bad reviews from many internet publishers.
  11. 11. EXHIBITION • The film was released on the 24 th of March 2012. This may have been chosen because it hit the middle of spring break in America. The Hunger Games earned $408,010,692 in North America, and $283,237,076 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $691,247,768. The film earned $283,237,076 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $691,247,768. • The films classification in the Uk was a 12A and this was so they could get a wider audience considering that the target audience was going to be young adults from 12-18.
  12. 12. REVIEW FROM THE EMPIRE • Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in adapting a phenomenally successful teen novel its creative team have produced something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book. There’s no required reading before entering the cinema in order to ‘get it’, and it’s well above the ‘all your favourite bits but with pictures’ business that has become the accepted standard. When a series has sold millions of copies, as Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has, the default position is to produce something that will look just as readers imagined, to show what we were all thinking, rather than offer something nobody had considered. The Hunger Games as a novel has been dissected, expanded and retooled into something intelligent, immersive and powerfully current.
  13. 13. REVIEWS • There are reviews over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. This can be interpreted that The Hunger Games hit their target audience well. Since they were going for young adults and this generation is seen as the computer or Technology generation, seeing reviews over many different social media sights isn’t surprising.
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