Kevin Tancharoen's Pitch For THE HUNGER GAMES

Director Kevin Tancharoen, director of the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot has just released (via /Film) a rather impressive sizzle reel that he completed while pitching Lionsgate for director duties on their adaptation of Suzanne Collins’novel.

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The sense from the sizzle reel above is vastly different from the Gary Ross feature presented to audiences earlier this year; there's definitely more of a run-down, science-fiction, steampunk vibe here. /Film also chatted with the director about pitching to studios in the current era, you can check out a few excerpts below.


/Film: It seems like a lot of upcoming directors are now putting together these video reels for their studio pitches. When did this start, and when did you discover this practice?

Kevin: The idea of a “pitch reel” has been around for awhile and is very common practice for any director. Trying to pitch a vision to a room full of people is always very difficult verbally. In the past two years, the pitch reel has significantly become more demanding since technology allows for people to make mini movies in their own homes. It’s almost expected for a director to show some visual materials, but the need to impress has become elevated. At first, it was just some concept art, some storyboards and possibly a treatment. Then the rip-o-matic (a visual reel using clips from other movies to portray a visual style) became really popular. I even know some directors who do a full animatic at their expense just to take into a meeting.

/Film: When did the mash-up trailers begin to crop up? Is it happening more now because its easier? cheaper? Or allows for a more expansive vision?

Kevin: There is an epic feeling about trailers, and when done right, they are extremely gratifying. It’s also much cheaper if you have the hard drive space haha. The first mash up trailer I saw was in 2006. Ever since then, everyone I know makes one for a pitch to complement other materials. I also think the idea of making a trailer is very attractive because when you watch it, you have the feeling that this is what the movie will be like when it’s done. Some things that make trailers hard however are pacing, music and sound fx. Because when you rip a movie, all that stuff is tied together. You don’t have the luxury of stripping the music away from the dialogue, and that can be limiting sometimes.

/Film: How long did it take you to put together the pitch trailer for Hunger Games?

Kevin: It took me a month to finish it all. The pitch book took a little longer.

/Film: One signature thing I’ve seen in many of these pitch trailer mash-ups is the section where they introduce the cast. Is this your dream cast? Or is this a way to establish your casting taste for the project?

Kevin: As far as the cast is concerned, I was just trying to show some casting choices. It wasn’t trying to pitch that exact cast or anything.

/Film: Do you ever create shots or special effects to put into these trailer mash-up pitches?

Kevin: Sometimes I do create specific shots if I think it will help tremendously. It would either be a matte painting to showcase scope or, in the case of Hunger Games, I had a CG mocking jay created for the ending logo.

There's much more in the interview with Kevin over at /Film so be sure to visit their site to read the entire transcript. It's truly interesting to see just how different a film that's taking ques from the same source material can turn out depending upon who's behind the camera.

The Hunger Games Blu-ray and DVD, arrived August 18 with over 3 hours of behind-the-scenes footage.



Running Time: 2 hrs 22 min
Release Date: 23 March 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by: Gary Ross (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (screenplay/novel)


Lionsgate announced that a film adaptation of Catching Fire will be released November 22, 2013, as a sequel to the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which was released March 23, 2012.

Lionsgate has announced the film's November 22, 2013 release date with principal photography to take place in summer/fall 2012. The shooting timeframe was co-ordinated between Lionsgate and Fox, in order to allow time for star Jennifer Lawrence to shoot the sequel to Fox's X-Men: First Class in January 2013.

On April 10, 2012, it was announced that Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games, would not return due to a 'tight' and 'fitted' schedule. On April 19, 2012, it was announced that Francis Lawrence was offered the director position for the film. According to sources, the adaptation must be done filming by December 2012 to fit Jennifer Lawrence's schedule. Lionsgate officially announced Francis Lawrence as the director for Catching Fire on May 3, 2012. Two days later, it was reported that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire. On May 24, 2012, the film was renamed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.







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EdgyOutsider - 9/6/2012, 10:42 AM
I like his idea more than I did the whole Gary Ross adaptation of the book. Kevin Tancharoen's idea of what Hunger Games should be is much similar to mine. The movie wasn't dark like the book, hell the movie didn't give the characters the development they needed. I was so disappointed in the movie, the second viewing isn't as bad but, Mr.Tancharoen should have directed this, instead of Mortal Kombat. Hunger Games is a better fit.
Supes17 - 9/6/2012, 11:01 AM
He lost me at Zac Efron:P

At least he got Rue's casting right lol
Supes17 - 9/6/2012, 11:02 AM
I didn't really like his idea for the movie though..
MrRogers - 9/6/2012, 11:10 AM
That was [frick]ing stupid
Hellsing - 9/6/2012, 11:33 AM
Besides Zac Efron, this definitely would have been interesting to watch, more gritty and actually looks like a [frick]ed up future. and Waltz as President Snow [frick]ing awesome casting.
EdgyOutsider - 9/6/2012, 11:52 AM
@TheCaptain: Gary Ross took too much out of the book. The movie didn't explain anything, it destroyed it for the fans. Any moron who thinks the movie is amazing has done lost it. Gary Ross is a good director, bad pick for Hunger Games. I'm not a HUGE fan of Kevin Tancharoen, but he is a better fit than Ross. Also, the casting was just ideas. They weren't who he would actually pick, quit complaining about Efron. He gets crap for HSM but he's actually a good actor. While I'll agree with you about the Capitol, everything else Tancharoen got right.
SpaceRobot - 9/6/2012, 11:59 AM
It is what I envisioned when reading the book, more dark and messed up. The movie was pretty good but not what the book was trying to convey in my opinion, oh and Efron does get a bad rap because of HSM, he's a pretty decent actor. 17 again was pretty funny ...
Karmatron - 9/6/2012, 12:01 PM
The Dark Knight Rises is the worse movie ever, and Nolan is so bad that Uwe Boll is like Spielberg compared to him.

Also whoever dares to say they liked TDKR is a pathetic loser and should never be alouded to get into any comicbook related web page.

Saved you the time to all of you guys who always bring from the blue your hate for everything Nolan related even if it makes no sense at all ; )
EtriganTheDemon - 9/6/2012, 12:55 PM
This sucks, glad they didn't go with him.

@Karmatron Okay, I'll be looking forward to your new Batman adaptation! Keep us posted
Ironnick - 9/6/2012, 1:01 PM
I've never read the books, but I did like the movie. I can really see what he was going for with this. From what I've heard from friends is that they did leave alot from the book out in the movie.
CaptainAmazing - 9/6/2012, 3:09 PM
As a fan of the book series, the only real thing that I didn't really like about Ross' "Hunger Games" was the toning down of the violence (which I understand to keep the PG-13 rating. I don't really think that shooting a kid in the throat with an arrow or smashing them in the head with a rock is really a kid-friendly approach, but still would've been appreciated). I also don't feel like Ross executed Katniss' and Peeta's relationship very well. In the book, she was only doing it for the cameras, while Peeta was doing it because of his feelings for her. I don't feel like this was conveyed very well during the movie, nor was the ending very well executed. At the end, Katniss just flat out tells Peeta that it was all an act, and he is literally heartbroken and refuses to speak to her in the following book.

I just wish these few things were included in the movie, and I probably would've enjoyed it better. I like Tanchareon's vision, and feel like they possibly should've gone with him instead.
CaptainAmazing - 9/6/2012, 3:09 PM
@WolverinesZombie I agree.
KalEl26 - 9/6/2012, 7:35 PM
I like this version a lot more
lokibane2012 - 9/6/2012, 10:20 PM
This version seems better than the one they went with. But I don't know if this would've made as much money. After all, this version doesn't seem to focus "enough" on the faggy tweeny romance shit.
lokibane2012 - 9/7/2012, 2:28 AM
@overtappeal

When they said "impressive" they meant the approach he was going to take with the film... I thought that was pretty obvious, but I guess it went over your head.

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