Perhaps no other film this year has been more highly-anticipated than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and even though there’s still a little more than a month to go until its release, the studio has been steadily providing fans with posters and trailers to ramp up excitement even further. It says a lot about the buzz surrounding the film that a new behind-the-scenes featurette all about shooting the film in IMAX inspires more excitement than frustration — primarily due to director Francis Lawrence’s admission that the film will not actually use the IMAX technology until Katniss enters the arena.
According to Lawrence, as Katniss rides in the elevator up to the battlefield, the screen will transition out of scope in order to provide the audience members with an immersive experience that puts them right in the middle of the action. It’s like being able to compete in the Hunger Games yourself, without that pesky threat of death. Catching Fire‘s approach to using IMAX is also pretty refreshing, considering how many blockbusters treat it as a way to charge insane ticket prices for a few underwhelming shots in 3D.
The featurette also includes short interviews with the franchise’s stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, the latter of whom promises that the film was shot with an attention to detail that is sure to please die-hard fans of the books. Check out what else they had to say about the filming process in the featurette, before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters on November 22.