Interview with ‘Catching Fire’ Director of Photography Jo Willems
Belgium’s De Standaard recently interviewed Jo Willems, the Director of Photography for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.
There are quite a few bits and pieces, including some insight on the filming method used:
On joining the franchise:
‘In the past, I rejected some major projects, because it didn’t feel right, but I didn’t doubt [Catching Fire] for a second,’ Willems says. ‘I liked the previous movie very much and I wanted to work with Francis very badly … The first days of filming, I was there with shaky knees though. There I was, on the set of a million dollar project. I had underestimated that pressure. But as soon as I saw the first takes, I knew it would turn out right. I could relax after that.’
On the filming method:
‘There’s more camera work on the shoulder, making the takes seem more aggressive. For Francis and me, there was no doubt about making the movie on film. Digital is clean and sterile, but real film has more soul and emotion. The story is set in a distant future, so it had to look as real and authentic as possible.’
On meeting and working with Jennifer:
‘I was a little star struck at first, she really has a commanding presence. But she is so sweet and normal, so [that stark struck feeling] passed off very quickly. My nine-years-old daughter likes it though: when she visited me on set, she was able to meet Jennifer. She thinks I’m the coolest dad in the world right now.’
Thank you to The Hob’s reader Martha for providing the translation.