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Endgame

Right: Gale and
the rebels steel
themselves for
battle. Below,
left: A handheld
camera captures
the action.
Below, right:
Willems
discusses the
scene with one
of the camera
operators.

flashlights and lights from their crossbows - the former gelled with ½
Minus Green and the latter with ½ or ¼
CTO. Willems instructed the actors on
where to point them, and sometimes got
inside the tunnel himself to shine a
flashlight on faces for detail. A couple of
electricians also ran along with the
actors, supplementing with 1x1 BiColor LED Litepanel units. "It was
choreography among camera, grip,
actors and electricians," recalls Bithell.
"When one electrician would round a
corner, he would fade off and hand the
Litepanel to another guy. There were a
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couple of collisions, for sure."
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12 Mini Dino lights with 750-watt
HPL bulbs lit the end of the tunnels.
"We would either bounce them or shoot
one up into the ceiling to provide
depth," Bithell explains. "We didn't
want it to look 'lit,' but we didn't want it
to be pitch black, either. We wanted to
have some sense of architecture inside
the sewer."
The sewer line leads Katniss,
Gale, Peeta, Finnick and their unit to a
central cistern connected to three other
tunnels. The rebels trigger a pod,
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unleashing a deadly attack of lizard-like
"muttations" - a Hunger Games term
referring to mutated animals. The mutts
were played by stunt performers who
interacted with the actors while wearing
gray motion-capture suits with tracking
marks. Weta Digital later replaced the
performers with the reptilian animated
characters. "It's one of the most amazing
things I've ever seen done with visual
effects," Willems attests.
Front- and backlights were
provided by 18 practical wall sconces,
each containing one 250-watt industrial
tungsten bulb. (Stronger lights would



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