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Before marching on the Capitol,
Katniss and her unit of District 13
soldiers join local rebels at a District 2
train depot - a sequence shot at the
inactive Berlin Tempelhof Airport -
where they hatch a plan to destroy the
Nut, a Capitol military installation.
After they bomb it, survivors arrive by
train at the depot to surrender to the
rebels; one of them shoots and injures
Katniss as she tries to rally them against
Snow.
For this night exterior, four 120'
Condors fitted with 12-light MaxiBrutes and Dinos provided backlight.
The lights were gelled with ¼ CTO and
1⁄8 Plus Green for a look Bithell
describes as "industrial and gritty -
sodium vapor-ish but purposefully not
exactly sodium vapor." Ambience was
created with 16K and 8K spherical
tungsten balloons in speed-rail baskets
mounted on 125' Condors, while more
12-lights on the ground illuminated
architecture and background actors.
To showcase the Tempelhof 's
unique curved structure, 20 2K Fresnels
and 20 2K Blondes lit windows from the
inside, while 20 Par cans with ¼ CTO
up-lit the building from outside.
Bithell worked meticulously with
Willems on selecting gels. The cinematographer would then return to the
color station to refine the palette with
digital-imaging technician and dailies
colorist Adrian Jebef, which could in
turn necessitate additional filter changes.
"A lot of cinematographers would say,
'You can fix it in the DI - you're wasting time by pre-grading the film on set,'"
says Jebef, who had worked with the
filmmakers previously on Touch. "But
once we arrived at the overall desired
look, for the rest of that process the right
gels went on and the right CDL or onset color grade was saved and applied. If
we came back to it another day, we could
simply recall our settings and then refine
them again for another scene. The
synthesis between how the set is being lit
and how it will be color-graded allows
every department to know exactly what
is intended for every scene. It's the ultimate previs and consequently creates


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