The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Where Was The Hunger Games Filmed

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone

Release Date: November 22, 2013

Director: Francis Lawrence

Written by: Peter Craig and Danny Strong (Screenplay)

Based on the Novels of Suzanne Collins

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Box-Office Success

The 2nd installment in the hugely popular Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire currently sits (as of the writing of this article) in the top 50 grossing worldwide movies of all time. And domestically, in the United States, Hunger Games: Catching Fire currently slides in at number 14 spot for Domestic-Grossing films in the U.S. The entire (four-part) trilogy is one of the most popular, successful novel-to-film adaptations in movie history.

Critical Acclaim

Not every box office smash is also heralded by critics and viewers alike as a quality film. But The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was not only a very successful film in terms of box office success, but also in terms of critical reviews, award nominations, and awards received. The smashing success won several awards for various 2013-14 award ceremonies, including “Favorite Movie,” “Favorite Movie Actress,” “Favorite Female Buttkicker,” “Best Male Performance,” and several other awards and nominations. Critics viewed the film as smart, smooth, and thought-provoking. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a consensus score of 89%, based on over 250 professional critic reviews. But the blockbuster was also heralded for being beautifully filmed, despite The Hunger Game’s bleak, earthy, alternatively-governed setting.

Douglas County’s role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Who would have thought that such a huge domestic and worldwide box-office success would have been largely filmed right here in Georgia? And even more mind-blowing to some folks is the fact that Catching Fire was not only filmed largely in the state of Georgia, but that Douglas County specifically played a huge role in the making of this blockbuster. Many die-hard fans are aware of Metro Atlanta’s “Swan House,” which was used as President Snow’s mansion. But more and more people are beginning to appreciate the important role that Douglas County has held in the making of the Hunger Games trilogy.

It can be difficult for film makers to capture vivid landscapes, and use them to portray dire circumstances. But perhaps one of the biggest reasons that the tone of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was able to convey the mixture of scenic emotion, that most viewers felt throughout the film, was that the backdrop for much of the beautiful scenery was in none other than Douglas County’s beautiful, unfettered, Sweetwater Creek State Park. Come see where your favorite scenes were created, at Sweetwater Creek State Park, and all throughout the Douglas County Film Trail!