As we mentioned the other day, filming on The Hunger Games movie looks set to get underway early next week. The roads into the Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, NC were due to be closed yesterday, but it seems filming has not begun as originally thought.
Crews are still working away on the exterior sets, setting up what appears to be part of District 12. “Johannafan” lives in the area and decided to do a drive through yesterday. She says:
“You can see clothes hanging on clothes lines, barrels on porches, fire hoses everywhere…They’ve even mowed and sprayed the fields down up to the forest line trying to make the grass look brown and dead? Although you can’t see it on the video, the word “Pastries” is painted on the front of the old store. Although it looks small, alot of the houses down the side roads are blocked off and you can’t see them from the main road.”
So thanks to Johannafam, here’s another look at inside District 12.
WCNC.com in Charlotte reports today that the production is causing a buzz in the area. They say more than 1,000 extras are being employed through a casting agency operating out of the closed Philip Morris USA plant in Concord. Fourth Ward Productions – which has an office in Charlotte – is doing location management. And when the cast and crew is done in Hildebran, word is Shelby is next.
In the meantime local TV Reporter Russ Bowen has been tweeting away on the details he’s found out about the production. Fellow Hunger Games fansite The Girl On Fire has collated his tweets – the details of which he got straight from the filming permit application in Shelby, North Carolina.
750 people will be on set #hungergames
30 trucks and personal vehicles will be on set #hungergames
Due to high profile cast and large crew need streets closed #hungergames
scenes filmed will be exterior #hungergames
coal hopper trains will be delivered by truck and a crane will put them on the tracks #hungergames
Filming in Shelby set for May 26-28 and May-June 1 #hungergames
A traveling caterer is providing all meals #hungergames
150 person crew 600 extras for two days 400 extras the other two days #hungergames
have requested 4 streetlights be removed #hungergames
traffic on some streets will be held in 90 second clusters of an hour at a time for each scene set-up #hungergames