No Shaky Cam In “Hunger Games” Sequel

Though it garnered quite a few good reviews, one of the most common complaints about the first “The Hunger Games” film was the overuse of ‘shaky cam’.

While partly a stylistic touch, the use (or rather overuse) of it was also thought to be so that the film could keep its PG-13 rating whilst including scenes of teenagers brutally killing one another for sport.

Talking with New York Magazine, the film’s director Francis Lawrence says there won’t be any in the upcoming sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and that “I think a lot of people will be happy to hear that.”

He also says the film’s focus will shift a bit more towards the love triangle at the center of the story between Katniss, Peeta and Gale: “I felt the love story in general was, um, a bit buried in the first one. I wanted to bring the love story to the surface. And when I say love story, I mean the triangle.”

Also getting some touch ups, with thanks to a bigger budget, is the CG work: “I think the effects are phenomenal. If you know the book, there’s a monkey-mutt attack, and Weta, who did Rise of the Planet of the Apes and King Kong, did the monkeys for us.”