Talented people around the world have taken inspiration from The Hunger Games to create some truly impressive work. One such group of friends has come together to create a project called The Katniss Chronicles.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, then it’s an amazing audio drama based on The Hunger Games. All up it will be a 17-episode story of the Girl on Fire.
To find out a bit more about The Katniss Chronicles we checked in with one of the team members, Barbara Dillon.
Who’s behind The Katniss Chronicles?
The Katniss Chronicles is a collaborative effort by a large group of friends who happen to be huge fans of The Hunger Games books written by Suzanne Collins. The Executive Producers of the project are Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, Rebecca Lear, Tony Caballero, and I. This group wears many hats, as Bryant is also a Staff Writer and the voice of Peeta Mellark, Tony is the Head Writer, Rebecca is the Producer, Sam is the Director/Staff Writer/Editor/Voice Actor, and I am the voice of Katniss Everdeen. In addition, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Paul Pakler (Vocal Coach and Creator of the Capitol Dialect), Robert J. Peterson (Logo and Web Design), and composer Sam Cushion, who provided the incredible score for the project.
Of course, we would be nothing without the amazing cast of this project. The full cast list, and their bios, can be found here.
What made you decide to do this?
Bryant, Sam, and I read the books and were absolutely hooked! We could not stop talking about how obsessed we were with the material and the characters. Bryant was eagerly trying to find a way to spread our geek love for the series to others and thought that an audio drama would be an interesting and exciting way to bring the story to life. We brought the idea to Tony and Rebecca, and they were instantly on board.
What is it about The Hunger Games series that inspired you?
Everyone involved in The Katniss Chronicles was enthralled by the character of Katniss Everdeen. She is such a strong and admirable character for readers of all ages, and we wanted to share her strength with a larger audience. The world could use more female remodels like Katniss!
You have a pretty big cast – are you all Hunger Games fans or are you from different backgrounds, have different motivations for taking part?
The cast of the audio drama came to the project as a friend, colleague, or overall fan of The Hunger Games. When the project began, most of the cast and crew had read The Hunger Games and loved it! Those who had not yet read the books have been convinced (and gently encouraged… repeatedly…) by their involvement in The Katniss Chronicles to purchase a copy!
What are some of the challenges you face in doing it?
Our writers are such big fans of Suzanne Collins’ text that they wanted to remain loyal to the material while still adapting it to the audio drama medium. The fact that the book is entirely written from Katniss’ perspective made the adaptation process challenging, as we wanted to ensure that the audio drama did not become an audio book. We wanted a wide variety of characters from different points of view. The addition of characters like Bett and Linia, the TV news commentators from the Capitol, allowed us to bring greater depth to the various themes of the project while straying from a sole focus on Katniss.
In closing Barbara wanted to be sure to thank all of the people who have listened to The Katniss Chronicles, adding that they hope their series will encourage others to read Suzanne Collins’ books and to see The Hunger Games movie.
“We are having a great time recording this project, and we hope that our love for The Hunger Games will be instilled in others.”
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