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Endgame
Jo Willems, ASC, SBC and
director Francis Lawrence journey
into dark places as the rebels launch
their final attack in The Hunger
Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
By Mark Dillon
*|*

T

he Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 brings down the
curtain on the blockbuster four-part sci-fi series that has
captured the world's imagination and grossed more than
$2.3 billion at the global box office.
When audiences visited the post-apocalyptic nation of
Panem in last year's Part 1, arrow-launching heroine Katniss
Everdeen ( Jennifer Lawrence) had agreed - in a deal with
District 13's mysterious President Alma Coin ( Julianne
Moore) - to assume the role of "Mockingjay," symbolic
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leader of the rebellion against the Capitol's suppressive
President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Part 2 sees the rebels
embarking upon their strike on the Capitol, with Katniss and
Snow each intent on killing the other. Katniss and allies Gale
(Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta ( Josh
Hutcherson) set off with District 13 troops to capture Snow,
but the evil leader is prepared for them, lining the Capitol
streets and underground with pods - deadly traps used in the
Hunger Games contests. Along the way, Katniss begins to see
that Coin is not all she seems.
For this final chapter, Francis Lawrence was at the helm
once again, having directed the series' second and third entries
- Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1 - both adapted
from author Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games literary trilogy. Director of photography Jo Willems, ASC, SBC has
been at Lawrence's side throughout. Based in Los Angeles,
the Belgian cinematographer had previously collaborated with
the director on the pilot for the series Touch and the telefilm
Gotham (not to be confused with the Batman prequel series),
both of which aired in 2012.
Willems refers to Lawrence as "a great leader, but in a
generous and collaborative way," and notes that the director's
shooting style requires "[lighting] in a flexible way. He's well

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