Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The

The Hunger Games series continues with Katniss and Peeta becoming targets of the Capitol

  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
  • Director(s): Francis Lawrence
  • Producer(s): Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
  • Screenwriter(s): Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn
  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Animal Coordinator: House of Freisians, Atlanta Dogworks
  • Release Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actress and actor come upon several wild turkeys while hunting, trainers placed food and constructed a fence in the area to keep turkeys in the frame.

Throughout the film dogs are seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, walking/running off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing.

In the scene where the young actress holds a cat, the trainers prepped actress on how to handle the cat.

All horseback riders were stunt riders or experienced actors who were skilled at riding, mounting and dismounting. All running/galloping scenes were well choreographed, and actors used caution while on and near animals.

In the scene where teams of horses pull carriages past a crowd, the drivers were experienced and the teams of horses were familiar with each other and accustomed to the pulling action.

The baboons and birds were all achieved through CGI.

In the scene where policemen lead dogs on leashes through the riot, these scenes were filmed separately from the riot scene and the trainers were dressed as the policemen. Trainers were off-camera using verbal cues to instigate the dogs to bark.

Production provided proper documentation for the dead rabbit in the opening scene.