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Seeing Mockingjay Today!

We’re going to see Mockingjay today, Celebrate! I’m very excited for the first installment of two movies covering the final book in the trilogy. Mockingjay was a gift from a friend and I read it out loud to my wife when she was pregnant and slowed down by morning sickness. We are glad that the movies have been living up to the quality of the books.

I’m excited to see the last film after this one to see if I recognize any of the sets. When we were in Paris in May and thanks to Twitter found a location where filming for Mockingjay Part 2 was happening.

We saw several folks in Capitol dress, some Peacekeepers, and movie posters. The first set was a blocked off street with a huge blue screen.

The set was barricaded, but people were still getting glimpses and pictures.
The set was barricaded, but people were still getting glimpses and pictures.
Looking over the barricades we could see Capitol citizens
Looking over the barricades we could see Capitol citizens

We walked the perimeter of the barricade until we found a catering area where the extras were getting food and drinks.

Capitol citizens relaxing
Capitol citizens relaxing

 

Peacekeepers taking some time off from oppressing people
Peacekeepers taking some time off from oppressing people

Then the set closed and we saw some of the crew taking equipment to a different set down the street.  The equipment they had was legit!

A very impressive looking cart of filmmaking equipment
A very impressive looking cart of filmmaking equipment

I tweeted to my buddy David who is a movie guy and he told me what I was looking at:

The second set was pretty amazing. It was a total dystopian village in the middle of Paris!

The set of the afternoon/night filming was a concrete dystopian landscape
The set of the afternoon/night filming was a concrete dystopian landscape

I took the picture above from a tower with a spiral staircase in the middle of this complex.  The picture is an elementary school! I poked my head inside of the school and the crew had a backdrop setup to take still images.

Panem posters were all over the set!
Panem posters were all over the set!

The landscape was covered in filming equipment – blue screens, lighting, wires, and fake snow.

The interior courtyard was full of Capitol store windows
The interior courtyard was full of Capitol store windows

We stayed until about 8pm at night when the crew were getting off of break. We would have stayed longer, but we didn’t have any food and the kids were getting tired and hungry. It was a 40 min trip back to our flat in the 4th arr, so we headed out. It was a fun day and a special treat for a fan of the movies.

Until showtime here’s a super funny Bad Lip reading video to enjoy!