The Hunger Games Kevin Tancharoen Pitch Trailer. Kevin Tancharoen’s The Hunger Games pitch trailer is very interesting, showing a potential film vastly different from the one Gary Ross fastened. After seeing this, I wish he would make his own version of The Hunger Games and release it insections online the way he did his Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.
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Years ago, Fame and Mortal Kombat: Rebirth director Kevin Tancharoen went in and pitched his take on Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. The film eventually went to Gary Ross and became a $400m+ success…I also had an opportunity to chat briefly with Tancharoen about the process of pitching movies, how that process has changed, and the emergence of these mash-up trailer pitch reels, and that interview follows the video.
Peter: How long did it take you to put together the pitch trailer for Hunger Games?
Kevin: It took me a month to finish it all. The pitch book took a little longer.
Peter: Can you talk about the process of putting something like this together? Are you working more to establish tone or to introduce the look and style of the world?
Kevin: I start by just thinking of the style and tone I want to portray. What are the stakes that should come across in 3-4 minutes? While that’s going on, movies that I’ve seen naturally pop in to my head for specific moments and I write them down. By the end of that, I have a long list of movies and I start the most painful process of putting this together: converting movies. Once I finally have all the movies on my hard drive, I just start cutting. I usually like to go in linear order, but sometimes I cut the big ending first so I know what I’m ramping up to. As I’m cutting, new ideas always come up so I end up searching for other movies that fulfill the moment I need. Sometimes its a voice over thing that I just record, or I take a shot from one movie while a dialogue moment from another movie plays on top. Anything goes really. Once that’s all in a good shape, I start editing the music in Pro Tools and add some sound design. I think this is what makes things really stand out.
Peter: We don’t end up seeing many of these pitch reels for obvious reasons such as rights clearances. Its a shame because so much time goes into putting these together and they’re very enjoyable to watch. Recently we’ve seen some directors upload these online for all to experience. How do you feel about your Hunger Games trailer being circulated online?
Kevin: I think its a lot of fun to revisit it. It was incredibly difficult to find all these clips and tell a new story but I’m happy with the way it turned out. I would love for this to be an example for people who want to know what a pitch reel looks like and how to create one from existing movies. I really loved the film that Lionsgate, Gary Ross, and Nina Jacobson made – I went opening night. I just think it’s interesting to see how different directors visualize the same source material. I’ve always enjoyed when other directors showcase their process…it has helped me learn tremendously.
Not present in the video, the filmed version of The Hunger Games starred Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Willow Shields, Alexander Ludwig, Toby Jones, Wes Bentley, and Jacqueline Emerson.
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