The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of the biggest blockbusters of the year! The sequel film has already made $573 million worldwide and is poised to make over $1 billion when all is said and done. There are even people out there who are calling it the “Empire Strikes Back” of the Hunger Games film franchise. If you’ve seen the film, you can easily see that more money has been poured into the production, with grander set pieces, heavier action, and more luxurious art design.
Much of Catching Fire‘s can be attributed to Dawn Brown, one of the sequel film’s set designers and concept/costume artists. Brown previously worked on The Last Airbender, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. In an interview with Film Sketchr, Brown talked about Panem’s overall look. Part of the challenge for Catching Fire was to establish a new look, but keep it in line with the first Hunger Games movie. Brown explains:
‘These films are coming out a year apart, so we really have to keep moving. And thankfully we have a very close art department. Phil Messina is the production designer, and I’ve been a part of his crew for many years. There’s a kind of shorthand — an efficiency — that develops when the crew is all on the same page. We’ve been working very hard to establish a vocabulary, a stylistic foundation for Katniss’ world. Once that foundation is established, we are free to build on it and push it and break it and make it bigger, better, cooler, with each film. There is definitely an effort to be respectful to the books, yet we want to surprise people with something new as well.