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.
— Daniel Espinoza (@d_espi) May 7, 2014
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.
We walked the perimeter of the barricade until we found a catering area where the extras were getting food and drinks.
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!
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!
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.
The landscape was covered in filming equipment – blue screens, lighting, wires, and fake snow.
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!