John Lyde Interview – Director of ‘Katniss & Rue’ Hunger Games Short Film
“I went out for a run and was listening to Linkin Park. ‘Wretches and Kings’ was playing and I thought it conveyed the feeling of what it would be like in the Hunger Games. Then right after that song, ‘Iridscent’ started and it gave me all these visuals of what the movie could be like,” Lyde said. “I ran home and told my wife that I wanted to make a short film.”
Lyde said he already knew that Gary Ross was the (likely) director for the movie adaptation from Lionsgate — but he wanted to give some of his young actor-friends a chance to prove their chops on these dramatic roles.
“I knew that a few of my friends would be perfect for the roles and wanted Lionsgate to see their talent,” Lyde said.
“I really hope that the Lionsgate film is cast right,” Lyde said about his reasons for making the short film. “I hope they don’t cast actors who are too old for the parts. What made the books for me was the innocence and youth of the characters being put in such a precarious situation. I think you would lose some of that by casting older actors in younger roles.”
And though their chances may be a long shot, Lyde is a champion for his actors — Danielle and Savanna, who portrayed Katniss and Rue, respectively. “They are both so talented, easy going and fun to film with,” Lyde said. “They are the right age and have what it takes to appease the fans of the books.”
He wrote the scene in just a few minutes, essentially taking it directly from the book. He then arranged to use equipment from a company he freelances for, and set up a shooting date for November 6th.
So does Lyde have plans to shoot any other Hunger Games films? “No plans at this time,” Lyde said, though he added, “The scene where Katniss finds Peeta could be pretty awesome.”
We’re interviewing Danielle and Savanna, so please let us know your questions for them HERE!