Spotting North Carolina in 'The Hunger Games'

Spotting North Carolina in 'The Hunger Games'

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 11:26 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For months now, we've been hearing about ‘The Hunger Games.’

The movie is based on the best-selling novel about a future world where kids are forced to fight to the death and was shot in and around the Charlotte area.

The very first scene, the first frame of ‘The Hunger Games,’ was filmed in uptown's Knight Theatre.

The second scene in the movie was shot just outside of Hickory in Hildebran at the old Henry River Mill town.

Crews transformed old houses where mill workers and their families once lived into lead character Katniss' family home.  Property owner Wayne Shephard was on set every day and showed NewsChannel 36 around.

“This one was the main one.  The female character shot scenes on the downstairs of this house,” he said as he walked around the property.  “They had a path.  They took and made a path across here and she walked across through this area.  They asked me not to mow the grass.”

The famous reaping—central to the movie plot—was shot in Shelby last summer, and hundreds of local extras were involved.

And the part where the teen fighters are in weapon training, likely shot on sound stages, the crew built in Concord's old Phillip Morris plant.

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