Josh Hutcherson says 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' will be Filmed in IMAX

Filming currently is underway on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with Francis Lawrence directing original stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in a sequel to the massive sci-fi/fantasy thriller. 
 
Hutcherson sat down for an extended interview with MTV, where he admitted that scenes were being filmed specifically for the IMAX format, which fans will be able to see when the movie opens on Nov. 22, 2013 … a little less than one year from now. 
 
But which parts of Suzanne Collins’ story will be blown up for the larger IMAX screens? Hutcherson explained: 
 
“They're shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX. So when you go see it in IMAX, you'll see the regular movie when we're in the Districts and in the Capitol,” he said. “When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It's very cool.”
 
Filmmakers are learning how best to use IMAX cameras and the unique presentation to their advantage. And it’s showing in movies like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises or Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. When employed properly, an IMAX scene can be the most enthralling image on a movie theater screen. 
 
On the flip side, audiences are becoming far more savvy about movies that aren’t shot organically in IMAX. So it’s encouraging to hear that Lionsgate is allowing Lawrence – who helmed I Am Legend and Water for Elephants – to film using IMAX cameras for the action scenes in Catching Fire
 
Watch Hutcherson talk about The Hunger Games via the player below. The games are getting much bigger next year. We’re betting that you, like us, can hardly wait. 
 
 
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