‘Hunger Games’ Unofficial Fan ToursBrevard area. 949-610-5570.. www.hungergamesunofficialfantours.com. People can get kind of jaded about movie-making in North Carolina: From the Wilmington area (“Iron Man”) to Charlotte (“Days of Thunder,” “Leatherheads”) to the western forests (“Last of the Mohicans,” “The Fugitive”), camera crews are no longer an novelty.But “Hunger Games” is in a different class altogether. It was the third-highest grossing film in the United States in 2012.The plot wasn’t complicated and the messages were clear. In the country of Panem – a dystopian future North America – youths from each district are selected to compete in the Hunger Games, an annual broadcast event where participants must fight to the death; Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) are the unlikely and long-shot pair from District 12 who must survive to compete, and compete to survive. You’ve got action, youthful romance, nasty people changing the rules, and an ongoing morality play.You’ve also got a heck of a lot of North Carolina: Charlotte stands in as Panem’s capital; the village in District 12 is actually an abandoned mill town in Burke County; rural and wilderness scenes were shot around Brevard and in nearby DuPont State Forest (notably Triple Falls).The still vibrant buzz for “Hunger Games” keeps tourists looking for the film sites – and Brevard-based Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours offers packages that take you to them.On walking tours (July 6, Aug. 17 and 31), guides taking you into DuPont Forest (“The Arena”) to see the waterfall locations; it includes lunch, and (in downtown Brevard) lessons in camouflage, archery and slingshot. Cost: $59.Weekend Adventure Tours (July 12-14 and Aug. 2-4) include a shuttle tour of the above sites, Hunger Games Simulation Survival classes (fire building, shelter building, archery, slingshot and camouflage), an after-dark zip line ride, and lodging and meals for three days and two nights (including a District 12- and a Capital-themed dinner at Earthshine Discovery Center). Cost: $449 per person, all inclusive. Reservations: www.hungergamesunofficialfantours.com. Distance from Charlotte: 2 1/2 hours. Directions: I-85 South to U.S. 74 (at Kings Mountain); U.S. 74 Bypass to I-26 (at Columbus); I-26 West to Exit 40; U.S. 64/N.C. 180 South to Brevard. JOHN BORDSEN, COMMUNITY NEWS STAFF
Monday, Jul. 01, 2013
Guided tour visits key ‘Hunger Games’ film sites
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