I don’t know how I could have missed this, and almost for an entire year! I’m talking, of course, about the Hunger Games short videos directed by John Lyde from Mainstay Productions. They’re all available on youtube, in fact the oldest one has been out ever since November (!) and yet I just stumbled over them this morning.
The videos are NOT footage from the upcoming movie, nor are they your typical fanmade videos (which I generally dislike). These shorts were made by a real director with real actors, and are really worth the watch!
Katniss and Rue were made with actresses Danielle Chuchran as Katniss and Savanna Kylie Lewis as Rue, with the intent of getting them auditions for the official movie. Danielle got an audition and made it to the final five, but the role ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence. However, talented as she is, I’m sure Danielle will get her big break soon.
The Katniss and Peeta cave scene was shot as a chemistry screen test between Danielle and actor Ben Urie, because director John Lyde wants them for an upcoming movie.
The newest video, The Second Quarter Quell was apparently made just for the hell of it. The Hunger Games is an awesome series, everybody knows it, and so why not have some fun, right? The second Quarter Quell, as we all remember from the second book in the series, Catching Fire, was the year Haymitch won the games. Actor James Gaisford does a great job in making young Haymitch come to life. Hopefully we’ll see more of James in the future!
If you enjoyed these videos, you might be pleased to learn that director John Lyde intends to make more! Lots more! Seven more, in fact! This will be a small web series depicting the relationship between Finnick and Annie, which is something we didn’t really get to see in the books. I must say, I’m intrigued! To learn more, check out the interview John Lyde did with movies.com.
Meanwhile, we’re all counting down the days until the feature film hits the theatres. It will be out on March 23, 2012, and I’ll be first in line for tickets. Who’s with me?