Francis Lawrence

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is an American music video, film, and television director and producer.

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FrancisLawrence1696 karma

Yes. Absolutely.

FrancisLawrence1564 karma

That's a good question. The trick is, when you're approaching a character, whether they are an antagonist or a protagonist, I think I always try to approach them as if they are the hero of their own story, and I try to never judge them, and think from their point of view. And so I think (as screwed up as it sounds) Donald's character President Snow or Stanley's character Caesar Flickerman think they are doing the right thing. And I think that helps.

FrancisLawrence1550 karma

It was important to set up in this movie because of the ending. One had to feel…

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Because one has to feel when Katniss is being pulled up by the claw that she is being taken by the Capitol.

FrancisLawrence1538 karma

There's a very easy reason. We shot the watch, we tried the watch in the cut, and we took it out. Because we don't have the option of having Katniss wonder and doubt the meaning of the watch in the film, it becomes way too clear what the watch means in the movie, and that would have been a mistake.

This was a request by both Suzanne Collins and Nina Jacobson that they wanted the cat situation to be fixed, to cast the appropriate looking cat, and I was happy to oblige.

FrancisLawrence1228 karma

Again I've always been attracted to the first stop on the Victory tour. I think that's where the story really kicks into another gear and you start to understand that the stakes are far greater than just Katniss's. And there were some scenes with Peeta and Katniss on the roof of the Tribute center that I always liked from the book that we were unable to get into the film.

FrancisLawrence1186 karma

Today I had a croissant in Berlin at the airport, one more croissant in Paris, and then nothing until I landed here in New York. Today was a flying day. So no official breakfast.

FrancisLawrence1136 karma

It's a tough story emotionally for Katniss, whereas the first two films have been far more straightforward in terms of Katniss' emotional arc, tracking her emotional trajectory is my greatest challenge.

FrancisLawrence1126 karma

Thank you!

FrancisLawrence1030 karma

Not sure yet.

FrancisLawrence1029 karma

I don't want to give anything away, but I will say it's one of my favorite scenes in the book.