Interview with ‘The Hunger Games’ Bow Maker
OutdoorLife.com have posted a terrific interview with John Scrifes, the man responsible for the bows created and used in ‘The Hunger Games’ and now ‘Catching Fire’. Mr Scrifes story is an interesting one, as he describes how he went from taking up bow making as a hobby to creating the bows used on screen:
“[Scrifes] started his love affair with the traditional wood bow in the late 90s. He saw a man — he doesn’t remember his name now — making wood bows at an outdoor show in Louisville, and said that was the moment that ignited the spark. “I was like man, that’s cool. I really want to do that,” Scrifes said in a phone interview.
His involvement with “The Hunger Games” movies started in the form of an e-mail sent to him in April of 2011. A woman from a prop company wanted to purchase four finished bows from him — not the blanks he sold.
“I told her I don’t sell finished bows,” he said. ”So I passed her along to some folk who I knew had made bows for sale. But neither one of them had the ability to get this done, and they wanted them quick. Like in less than two weeks quick, which is nearly impossible really. We kept talking and I began to get more interested. She proposed sending me the artist rendition, and see what it would take to get them done. I said yes and she sent them to me. As I was looking them over I noticed a tag on one that said ‘Katniss bow.’”
“I was pretty excited,” said Scrifes. “We reached an agreement and I was to make two functional bows and two which are in a permanently drawn position. They’re not in it for very long, only for a few seconds. But at the beginning of the movie, the bow Miss Lawrence is using to hunt with, that’s the bow I made in my garage.”
The rest of the article is quite a good read, as Mr Scrifes describes several details of the bows and how many hours went into making it. Most interesting, however, is this tidbit at the end of the interview:
Scrifes went on to make four bows for the second movie — two more for Katniss and two for Peeta Mellark.
Could Peeta have his own bow? Could we possibly see Katniss trying to teach Peeta to shoot? Fire away in the comments with your theories!
You can read the full article at OutdoorLife.com